Cats Purr: Here’s How Your Cat Can Help You “Heal”

Scientists believe that there are many benefits to owning a cat, which could also help to extend our health. 

According to Purrfect Post, some studies show that people are less likely to die of a heart attack if they own a cat. Perhaps even more interesting are the reports of cats’ purrs helping people heal. 

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Why do cats purr?

People have been wondering this for ages and actually, scientists don’t know the exact answer yet! 

However, it is known that cats purr when they are happy, sometimes when they’re nervous, very often when they’re hurt and sometimes when their humans are hurt or sick…

There have been many stories of cats cuddling up with and purring for their sick hoomans. 

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Could purrs actually help humans heal?

For centuries, healers have used the power of sound in their work. It is believed that certain frequencies or tone of sound can have varying healing effects on the body.

  1. Purring releases endorphins in cats, and it can do the same thing in humans. Endorphins are helpful for healing, lowering blood pressure, and helping people cope with illness. 

  2. Clinical observations of cats that are suffering from upper respiratory conditions resulting in dyspnea, or trouble breathing, indicate that purring helps the cat breathe more easily. 

  3. Studies of people with migraine whose headaches are eased or extinguished when they lie with their heads close to purring cats.

  4. Cat purring has been shown to fall between 25 and 140 Hz. The same frequency has been shown to aid in the healing of broken bones, joint, tendon repair and wound healing. 

Cats are also known for their ability to heal from broken bones, and the incidences of joint problems and bone cancer. It’s possible that cat purrs can help humans heal faster, too. 

But a cat purr alone can’t help you to fully heal from an illness. This does not intend to replace professional consultation, diagnosis or treatment  by a doctor! 

If you’re ill and require professional advice, do contact your doctor immediately! 

By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat