Did you know cat purrs can prevent loneliness, reduce blood pressure, and induce a feeling of pain relief? Just another reason why cats are awesome! Watch the video to found out how they do this & see my cat tiger (who I had to bribe with treats….)
A cat purring on your lap is more healing than any drug in the world, as the vibrations you are receiving are of pure love and contentment.
The reason behind it’s healing qualities is that the cat creates purr vibrations between a range of 20-140 Hz, which is known to be medically therapeutic for many illnesses.
Petting a cat calms down your nerves and lowers stress. it can decrease the symptoms of dyspnea (shortness of breath) in both cats and humans. A recent study shows that cat owners have 40% less risk of having a heart attack. Purr vibrations help heal infections and swelling. It also heals muscles, tendons, ligament injuries and soft tissue. By interacting with a cat and hearing the purring sound this lowers your blood pressure.
The vibrations also help to heal bones. A professor in England, who is known as the “grandfather of bones and is the foremost authority on bone density, states that optimal frequency for bone stimulation is 50hz, and as it happens, the cats purr falls well within the 20 – 50 hertz anabolic range.
There’s an old vetenary adage that is still taught in vetenary schools to this day, that goes
If you put a cat and a bunch of broken bones in the same room, the bones will heal
Some people say that the purr is only a vocalisation of contentment, but research analysis shows this isn’t true. Cats will purr when they are injured and in pain as well as when they are content. In one case, a cat had broken its femur and the femur was sticking out. But it was purring, so it can be assumed that purring is not always a sign of contentment.
Also, Purring takes a lot of energy. It’s created by both the diaphragm and the larynx. Getting a diaphragm to move for something other than breathing is difficult, it takes energy. When there is pain and suffering, our bodies are traumatised and they shut down non-essential activity. Since cats purr when they are severely injured or dying, it has to be survival-related.
So, do you feel better with a cat purring on your lap? Are you a mad cat lady (like me)? Tell me in the comments below!
~ Anthea <3