To all the cat people out there, I’m sure you’ll know when your cat is feeling happy because you’re bound to hear it purr. It’s a sign of sheer joy.
But have you ever heard a tiger purr? Now there’s a question. You may find it odd to hear that tigers can’t actually purr. They actually do something else.
Prusten is the name of a non-threatening vocalisation that can be found in the big cats families such as panthers, tigers and snow leopards.
The term is also known as chuffing and it’s used between two cats who are greeting each other, courting or simply a mother communicating with her cubs.
It’s also not uncommon to see tigers and snow leopards who are in captivity exchange chuffs with their human keepers as a way to greet them or express excitement.