It’s a well-known fact that having pets in the family can actually contribute to improving everyone’s health. Even institutions such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledges this. There are many different health and wellness benefits that can come from simply interacting and petting our beloved furry pals.
But did you know that cat purrs are known to be therapeutic? Here’s what we know:
A cat’s purr vibrations are set within a range of 20 to 140Hz, which is a frequency that’s known to be medically therapeutic for a number of different illnesses.
- It can also help lower stress levels. Petting a purring cat can help people relax, effectively calming down their nerves in the process. This is great if you’ve been having bouts of anxiety.
- A cat’s purr is also known to decrease the symptoms of dysponea—in both the cats and humans. Dysponea refers to labored or difficulty breathing.
- It can also help with lowering blood pressure. If you spend enough time interacting with your pet cat and listening to their purrs, you can help your body balance out your blood pressure.
- Heal bones. This seems a bit fantastical, however there is much truth to it. The frequencies of 25 and 50Hz are known to be the most effective, but 100 and 200Hz are considered second best. Needless to say, if you’ve recently broken something or if you’ve been feeling a little creaky, spend more time with your beloved feline companion. The benefit goes both ways!
- Lower risk of heart attack. Recent studies show that people who have cats experience 40% less risk when it comes to heart attacks. Sure, they might become a little frustrating at times, but our beloved felines certainly give back more than they take.
- If you are experiencing any infection or swelling, you’d be surprised to know that vibrations from a cat’s purr can also help in speeding up the healing process.
- These healing purrs can also aid in the recovery of injured tendons, muscles, and ligament injuries. With that in mind, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we can have cats helping athletes during therapies? Not only are they fun to have around, they can also speed up the process of recovery. It’s a win-win situation.
Whilst we may not be seeing feline nurses for athletes just yet, they have become a common sight in some hospices and homes for the elderly. For good reason, of course:
- Helps patients with Alzheimer’s have fewer outbursts.
- Patients who live with AIDS are less prone to depressions when they keep pets.
- People who have pets are known to navigate stress better than those who don’t.
- Patients with histories of heart attacks are known to live longer if they keep pets.
- Having pets provides elderly people with companionship and exercise. In facts, the effects are known to be so positive there’s even a company that provides bonus points for applicants seeking elderly life insurance if they have a pet.
- Male pet owners have lower cholesterol and lower triglyceride levels.
- You might think they cause allergies, but kids who grow up with furry companions are known to be less prone to asthma, eczema, and allergies.
Needless to say, go and give your pets a hug today—it’s good for your well-being and theirs, too.