My big Ragdoll cat "chuffs" like a tiger. I swear, I'm not exaggerating. The first time he did it, I thought he had a weird sneeze or a scratchy throat but then I started noticing that he only does it when he wants my undivided attention or when I first get home from work. I have never witnessed a cat doing this before. I think he watches Animal Planet all day when I'm not home and learned it from watching "Big Cat Diaries". LOL!
A tigers "chuff" is a form of greeting:
Tiger Poofing or Chuffing (greeting) - YouTube
A cat that I had back in the 90's was stalking the kitchen when my boyfriend and his friends had returned from deer hunting. They were trying to prepare the meat to take to the processors the next day and my cat grabbed a huge chunk of raw venison, as big as he was, and ran through the house with it, growling like a lion. I'm yelling because I didn't want my kitty eating raw meat (he had a sensitive stomach) and I'm chasing him through the house. My boyfriend just stood there, doubled over laughing.