There’s something innately satisfying about having your cat jump into your lap and turn into a rumbling ball of fur. Those soothing purrs are a sure sign of their contentment, but purring does a lot more than tell you how your cat is feeling. Coming in at a range of 20-140 Hz, those vibrations have been scientifically proven to have several health-related benefits. And while your cat gets enjoyment from purring, that’s not what we’re talking about here. Cuddling with a purring cat positively affects human health – here’s how.
#1 – Bone Health
Broken bones won’t magically mend when your cat starts to purr, but low rumblings between 25 and 50 Hz will promote bone health. Those vibrations will strengthen bone and can help fractures heal cleaner and faster. The second best frequency for this kind of healing power is between 100 and 200 Hz.
#2 – Less Stress
The best thing to do after a stressful day at work is sit down on the couch and let your cat climb into your lap. Petting a purring cat is an automatic hypnotic that will lower your heart rate and help you let go of specific stressors. It’s impossible to worry about deadlines and office drama when your furry best friend sounds perfectly happy in your company.
#3 – Better Breathing
This of course doesn’t work if you’re allergic to cats, but purrs are known for relieving symptoms of dyspnea. This kind of breathing difficulty is often described as a shortness of breath that causes the person to feel like they’re not getting enough oxygen. Purring mimics the rhythmic in-and-out of breathing, and feeling the vibrations will help your lungs keep pace. This handy trick works well for both cats and humans.
#4 – Wound Care
Your kitty’s claws might occasionally latch onto your skin in an uncomfortable way, but they’ll make up for it later during cuddle time. The vibrations from purring stimulate healing. A cat’s purrs will help your body fight infection and reduce swelling.
#5 – Healing Soft Tissue
If your injury is more than skin deep, your cat can still help. Torn muscles and tendons and other kinds of ligament injuries will heal faster if you have a cat. Placing your purring cat directly over the sore spot won’t yield immediate results, but doctors and scientists say the vibrations could help you get back on your feet sooner.
#6 – Heart Health
A 2009 study interviewed over 4,000 participants including cat people and people without cats to determine if owning a pet really did reduce a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease. Their results are proof that adopting a feline friend may just save your life. Purring reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and ultimately helps prevent heart attacks.
The general consensus in the scientific and medical worlds is that owning a cat will help you live a longer, healthier, and (of course) happier life. If you’v ever needed a reason to stay home and cuddle the cat, this is it. It’s also a great reason to add a few more furry friends to your family.