Do Foxes Purr?

Foxes are unique and clever creatures. In 2013, a viral video got the attention of many fox lovers. The topic of the video was “The Fox (What does the fox say).” After uploading this video, there was a crowd of people on the internet searching that do foxes’ purr or what language foxes use to communicate with one another. 

You should stay with us if you are one of those who are still searching for the answer to the query. This is because we will briefly discuss foxes’ communication language in the post. 

So, you must know what purr is before going deep into the topic.

What is Purr?

Purr is a very polite and lyrical (music-like) voice. Many animals lover relate this voice to many species of cats or fields. Other than cats, many other animals from different species can purr. These animals are rabbits, squirrels, hyenas, lemurs, pigs, raccoons, bears, gorillas, and badgers. 

Important Note: Fields are mammal animals. They are classified in Carnivora order. Usually, they are known as cats.

But What About Foxes? Do Foxes Purr?

Yes, foxes can do purr. Wild experts reveal that the purr made by foxes is not the same as cats do. Foxes make this voice on different occasions. Such as they do it when they are in a happy mood or playing with their cubs. In addition, when they feed their cubs, they also make this kind of noise. 

As we know, the purr is not their primary communication source, meaning they also use many other noises to speak with one another. So, now time to jump those noises.

What Other Noises Can Foxes Make?

Foxes are very creative and able creatures. They have a broad collection of sounds. According to experts, these sounds may vary from 28 to 40, and they use them to communicate. The frequency of their sound may go up to 5000 Hz. 

Rather than purring, they make scream, bark, growl, and gekkering like sounds to communicate. 

Important Note: The sound collection of the domestic fox is broader than a wild fox. It’s shocking. The reason behind this is that wild foxes live in different communities than domestic ones.

1.    Screaming

Screaming is the standard mode of communication for them. Female foxes commonly use it during mating season. In reality, she wanted to get the attention of a male fox to mate. The screaming sound may be terrifying. You may consider it as a crying woman with great pain.

In the same season, the male fox also makes the same sounds, but researchers still question why they (male foxes) do that. 

2.    Barking

When I say “barking,” you may imagine a dog, but it’s not real. The barking of a fox is comparatively different from a dog barking. They use this sound when they feel any possible danger around them. The primary purpose of barking is to alarm their cubs and other companions about the danger. 

Important Note: They use a specific sound, “wow-wow-wow,” to announce their territory. 

3.    Gekkering

Gekkering is also an exceptional sound for them. They use it in their daily life. Commonly, you can listen to it when they quarrel with one another. 

Moreover, their cubs use the sound during their playtime.

4.    Growls

If there is a scenario that occurs when predators attack them, they used to growl. They hope that by doing that, predators may get frightened and run away from them. 

After growling, if predators are still there, they emphasize going away rather than fighting with them.

Are Foxes Show Affection To Humans?

The answer to the question is challenging. The little cubs of foxes may have affection for us, but a mature adult fox may not affectious. 

They seem friendly, but by nature, they are wild animals. They are affectious with one another. They show affection to one another when they are playing and cuddling.  

According to my experience and point of view, they may not be domestic, as dogs are faithful to their owners. But many pet foxes show affection to their owners but to their owners. Stay away from them if you are untrained and need to learn about their behavior. 

Animals Do Purr But Why?

Are you still want the answer to why animals purr? I will add some more info to your knowledge. When we talk about cats making the purr noise, we link it with affection, love, respect, and relaxation. It is because they purr when relaxing, playing, or feeling comfortable. 

When we talk about other animals’ purring noise, it may be about different conditions. It is because different animals purr with different emotions. Usually, these conditions may relate to danger or a difficult situation. 

The frequency of purr may vary according to the animal. It’s directly proportional to animals’ strength and excitement. 

Important Note: The purr’s average regular rate is 25v Hz. 


Foxes are very brilliant animals. They spend most of their lifetime in loneliness. So, they always have a purpose behind their every act. Due to this principle, they use their sound collection at a very reasonable time. 

Barking, screaming, and growling are some sounds they use in their daily life. Like this, foxes purr when they feel safe or comfortable. 


Do foxes purr when happy?

Yes, they do, but the frequency of the sound remains low. Despite this, they also make other kinds of noise when happy. Squealing, gutturaling, and clicking are some of these sounds.

Are foxes show affection?

Yes, they show affection to their family member or loved ones. They do that when they are playing. They are very close to them and have strong family units. 

Can all foxes purr?

Yes, almost all kinds of foxes can make a sound like a purr, but the intensity of the sound may be low. 

Can foxes be human companions?

We have a vast number of domestic foxes now. They are serving us in many ways. They live with humans and feel safe with them. It’s pretty healthy, but they are wild animals. So, there is a need to remain conscious about them every time.

What if you face a fox?

First, show you as a danger to them. Start making noise and clapping with great intensity. In this way, they may consider you a considerable danger and leave you there. 


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