My cat makes a real growling noise...I have only twice heard him use it. First time was when he got his tail trapped in a door - he ended up losing the tail at the vet - growled really loudly at me when I was trying to coax him in the box to go to vet.
Second time was when he brought home alive bird that then tried to fly around my kitchen every time he let it go. I wanted to catch the poor bird and release it - cat thought no way am I giving up on my prize!! In the end I squirted cat with water and he dropped the bird and ran out of the room!!
our dcat does this too. every time she jumps down, i can hear an <oooof> sound.
then she shouts and yowls for the kittens and they emerge out of every orifice of my bedroom. one came out of the wash basket this evening!!!
i picked her up from a pg friend when she was 6 months old...and dcat was living with her brother and a bloody great dog! she was called twinkle then
she never growls though, and is a totally useless mouser/birder and a bit shit at catching flies and ants. now she is being big stroppy mummy cat to 4 offspring who puke and shit everywhere. but she still oooofs when jumping.....and is a terrible wool sucker, esp for fleece and tries to claw my blanket around the house, in the dirt box, in the food bowl. she still sleeps on it as she gave birth on it.