She will be ten years old next month and if she purred as a kitten I don't remember it. She likes men more than women(even though she comes to me for food!) and my husband has heard her purr before. She doesn't like to be held at all by anyone. She will play occasionally if our other cat is no where around. She will allow you to pet her only if you catch her sleeping. I came home early from work and she was sound asleep and I started petting her and she actually liked it and after about ten mins. she started purring! It was awesome. I hope I don't have to wait another ten years to hear it again.