As a general rule, small cats purr, but big cats roar. There are some larger wild cats like pumas and mountain lions that purr, but these cannot roar. It seems to be one or the other for cats. Although a few big cats which roar make purr-like noises, this is not true purring. None of the Patherinae family of cats; Tigers, Lions, Jaguars, Leopards, Snow Leopards, or Clouded Leopards really purr.
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