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Strange vocalizations... growl and purr?
Jefferson has been with me for about 24 hours now... he was found two days ago living next to the on/off ramp to a I-95 (the intersection with Jefferson st.).
He was skinny and pretty banged up (probably cat fights)... he is about a year old.
I suspect he, at one point, must have had a family because he knows what the litterbox means... and uses it.
Anyhow... the woman who caught him and fully vetted/neutered him is SEVERELY allergic so she was either going to give him to a shelter (hoping that with all the work done he would be adopted)... but it's kitten season so i wasn't sure he'd make it out so i said i'd foster him until he found a home.
My home is not ideal, right now he's living in a large dog crate because i have two dogs and he just got neutered yesterday so he has to stay pretty sedentary and he's not super keen on the dogs...he comes out three or four times a day to eat and to hang out with me and get cuddles when i have the dogs crated.
Well, he is VERY vocal, he meows when he's hungry, hisses at inanimate objects pretty regularly... and is almost always growling when i hold/pet him.... but while he's growling he's also purring and closing his eyes and leaning into my hand that's petting/scratching him. He's never tried to scratch/bite when growling..
Any ideas to what this means? I've had multiple cats my whole life so i'm familiar with cats but i've never been a foster mom to a young-adult stray ... so i'm not sure what i should make of his growling/random hissing.