Do you ever get the feeling your kitty knows when you’re not feeling well, and even where it hurts? If you have a headache, she seems to know to settle down by your head. If it’s a stomachache, she will come and sit on your abdomen. And all the time she is there, she won’t stop purring!
We all know a cat’s purr is so relaxing and stress-reducing, but science has shown it can also be beneficial to our bodies. It’s not just the sound of purring that’s important, but also the vibration it produces.
A cat’s purr is a continuous sound production which alternate between pulmonic egressive and ingressive airstream (i.e. expiration and inspiration). A purr can go on for minutes.
The mechanism by which cats purr is speculative. There is a unique “neural oscillator” in the cat’s brain of uncertain significance.
It’s an old veterinary saying which states: “If you put a cat and a bunch of broken bones in the same room, the bones will heal.”
Latest research proved that vibrations between 20-140 Hz are therapeutic for bone growth/fracture healing, pain relief/swelling reduction, wound healing, muscle growth and repair/tendon repair, mobility of joints and the relief of dyspnoea. Researchers found that the frequency of a cat’s purr is between 25 and 140 Hz, exactly the frequencies needed for healing!
Researchers have also discovered that a cat’s purr can decrease the symptoms of a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease called dysponea.
If you are recovering from an injury, just hug a purring cat! Her purring frequencies will aid in the healing of bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles and it will also provide pain relief.
Cats’ purr has more amazing properties for the human body that includes reducing stress, assisting with breathing problems, preventing heart attacks, and more.
If you have a cat thank her and hug her! She will be happier and you will be healthier!