Cats Purring And Your Health – Is There A Connection?

If you have been around cats for any amount of time you’ve probably heard that their purrs can have healing powers. I’ve heard it too and wanted to do a little research and see what I can find out about cat purring and it’s effect your health.

Why Do Cats Purr?

First things first, why do cats purr in the first place? Of course, none of us know for sure, but here are many theories.

It starts when they are born. It might be to let the momma cat know that they are there. Momma cats purr to help soothe their kittens. Think of it like when your Mom would rock and hold you and speak to you gently. The same type of idea.

Cats can also purr when they are content. I can attest to this claim. My Baby Jack is one of the loudest purring cats (in my opinion). He will purr when he is just touched or petted. Our other kitties will purr when they are curled up on my lap.

Cats will also purr when they a scared or sick. More on that next….

I Thought Cats Only Purred When They Were Happy?

When I first had cats as pets, I thought this was the case. As I mentioned above, they will also purr when they are scared or sick.

When our Oreo had a bad health scare, Magic would lay next to him (or even on top of him) and purr and purr and purr. Oreo pulled through that health struggle and I want to think that it was because of Magic’s help.

About a year later, when our Oreo was near the end of his life, he would lay in his bed and purr. We knew he wasn’t content, but he was soothing himself.

I like to compare this to humans. Think about a time when you were scared or saw someone that was scared. You might have noticed that they might gently rock back and forth. The thought is, in a stressful situation, you revert back to a comfortable feeling. Many parents rocked their babies back and forth to soothe them. In a stressful situation, people are looking to soothe themselves. It’s the same with kitties, if they are stressed, they revert back to something that will calm them.

The Science Behind It And Benefits

I’m learning so much researching this article. A purr comes about from a cat’s brainwave that sends a signal to their larynx muscles and diaphragm that causes them to twitch at 25-150 vibrations per second. When your cat inhales and exhales the vocal cords separate and that is what creates a purr. I had no idea. I thought it was just a noise that they made like when we make a sound like Grrrr. 🙂

Something that I found very interesting was that cats purr is between 25 and 150 Hertz. Scientific investigators have found that range of frequency can help to promote healing and improve bone density. I find that fascinating!

Some other great benefits that you can receive from cat purrs are lower blood pressure and stress. (Think about when you are petting your cat how relaxing that can be). Studies have shown that it can reduce the risk of heart disease. WebMD has a great article about if owning a cat is good for your heart.

I’m Allergic To Cats. Is There Another Way To Get The Benefits of Purrs?

I love researching because you can come across some most amazing finds. That was exactly how I found this next site.

I know some people are allergic to cats or have family members that are allergic and can’t benefit from having their own healing machine in the house. That’s where Purrli comes in. Purrli is a website made by the inventor who created a background noise website called myNoise. He was asked numerous times for a cat purr generator. He created one on the myNoise site, but perfected it and enter Purrli.

There are numerous testimonials on his website about how Purrli has helped people and their conditions. Just fits in with all the research that I’m finding.

I’m going to play it for our kitties and see what they think. Purrli asks for folks to send in video or pictures of their cats reacting to Purrli. If you can, send them a pic or video. I plan on it. 🙂

Final Thoughts….

I’m sure you know how I feel about this topic. As I’m writing this I have Luke purring on my lap and he is purring quite loud.

My doctor had told me for years that my blood pressure is on the low side. It could be genetics or living with cats. I like to think it’s a mixture of both. 🙂

Have you noticed any health benefits by living with your kitties? I’d love to hear about it below.

 

 

 

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18 Replies to “Cats Purring And Your Health – Is There A Connection?”

  1. Greetings Nancy, very insightful article you have here. Interesting view on why cats purr, I think you are right. I also thought that cats purr only when they are happy, turns out I had to learn from you that that’s not the case. I want to improve my bone density alright, so yes am going to get more of the purr lol from my little Daisy (my cat).

    Best regards

    1. Victor,

      Thanks for visiting Nancy’s Cat Corner.

      I’m glad that I was able to give you some new information about why cats purr.  Enjoy snuggling with Daisy and getting all the benefits. 🙂

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. Hi Nancy, I can see how much you love cats, and how therapeutic they must be. I see you have many cats and I’m going to check them out and have a look at them shortly 🙂

    I had always thought that their purring was to show contentedness, and it’s really interesting you say that you think your Magic helped to heal Oreo with his purring. That wouldn’t surprise me at all. There is something so delightful about that – that there is some intent to help and support. What a lovely story. Thanks for sharing. 

    1. Melissa,

      Thanks for visiting Nancy’s Cat Corner.

      I do love my kitties….that is for sure. 🙂 I honestly do believe that because of Magic’s purring that it helped to extend Oreo’s life almost another year.

      The research for this article really taught me a lot that I didn’t know about purring.

      Thanks for commenting!

  3. This is a fascinating read. I have never actually taken note on purring of cats and its health benefit to humans. One thing I do know is that it does kind of lead to me being relaxed. I find the sound to be really soothing which helps me to be less stressed.

    Also, I have found out that there is a great deal of joy in petting ones cat. It leads to a great form of relaxation when I just pet my cats. I never really thought about it until after just reading this post. It is pretty amazing and I am going to do it more often than I normally do.

    1. Jay, 

      Thanks for visiting Nancy’s Cat Corner.

      I’m glad that you enjoyed the article. Sounds like you and your kitty will be getting more relaxed in the future. 🙂

  4. Dear Nancy,

    This was very insightful and Thanks for the article I enjoyed it.

    I thoroughly appreciate the research you must have done to gather and compile these information. And to be honest with you, This post is so thorough it opened my eyes to all sorts of information I wasn’t aware of!

    Never ever imagined there will be these many benefits in having and living with a cat. My friend is having 4 cats in his house, so what next… Going to ask for two kittens.

    Thanks for the informative post.

    Much Success!

    Paul

    1. Paul,

      Thanks for visiting Nancy’s Cat Corner.

      I’m so happy that you learned some new information from the article. It was very interesting to write as I also learned some new information along the way.

      Enjoy your new kitties (if you decide to get the kittens) and enjoy the benefits. 

      Thanks for the comment!

  5. I am one of those people who are, unfortunately, highly allergic to caTs.  That never stopped me from rescuing them and nursing them back to health for adoption to their forever homes.

    Their purr is so soothing.  I was giggling reading your article.  I live with a caT that isn’t mine but, I am a sole caretaker after his Momma’s passing.  I still pet him and tend to his wounds from being quite the bruiser outdoor caT. 

    On New Year’s day I wasn’t feeling well and I stretched in my bedroom and let out my own exasperated purrrrr.  My man walked into the bedroom and asked if I had just purred.  He said that Octavious (the resident ‘not my caT’ as I affectionately refer to him as) came straight to my door and didn’t leave until he saw me emerge. His purrr motor was going full force when he saw me 🙂 

    I am a huge animal lover.  Even through the sneeze attacks, I can feel the power of the purr <3 

    1. Thanks for visiting Nancy’s Cat Corner.

      First of all, thank you so much for rescuing and fostering cats. You are a HERO in my book. I’m going to be writing an article about that in the future.

      That was so sweet that Octavious wouldn’t leave until you came out of the room. 🙂

      My husband is “off the charts” allergic to cats but wouldn’t give them up for anything. The benefits are worth the allergies. 🙂

      Thanks again for visiting and again thank you for being such a great animal lover and caretaker for cats. 

  6. Cats purring and your health! I never thought of this before reading your article.  This is really interesting, I also thought the sound was just like a dogs bark, never thought of it as just a part of the breathing process.

    I guess when you pat or hang out with animals your attention goes away from the troubles in your life which is like a destressing method.  Just like a massage is to a human after a stressful day.  From now on I am going to look at cats differently, thanks!

    1. Kris,

      Thanks for visiting Nancy’s Cat Corner.

      I’m glad that learned something new about cats and purring.

      I agree with you when I’m with my cats all the stress of the day goes away and I can just relax.

      Appreciate you leaving a comment.

  7. Thank you so much for this post, Nancy!!

    As I began the read, I searched for any information on allergies and lo and behold! You had it in there! I love cats <3 But my sister who I live with is allergic. It's good to know that I can buy a product where I can get the benefits of a cat's calming purr without sending my sister to the emergency room (Yikes!).

    I'll be sure to check out that link- much needed!

    1. Wenda,
      Thanks for visiting Nancy’s Cat Corner.
      This was a fun article to research. I enjoyed checking out the purring website. My kitties got a little confused when I was playing it. 🙂 I need to get some video and share it with the owner of that website.
      Hope to “see” you again soon!

    1. Liliana,
      Thanks for visiting Nancy’s Cat Corner.
      I love the website Purrli. It’s great for people, like you, that cannot benefit from the real thing. 🙂
      Thanks for the comment.

  8. Back when I had cats I remember always getting freaked out when suddenly my cat wanted to sleep on my pillow next to my head at night. I was thinking, “uh oh, do I have a brain tumor or am I going to die soon?” because I too have heard that cats can sense when someone is sick or needs comforting. Obviously, I survived lol. But clearly my cat could tell I was stressed or tense and was there to comfort me. I think his purring really helped to give me a good night’s sleep.

    I have found the ability to mimic a purr pretty good so in my cat’s final days I would always lay next to him and purr back, just to provide that comfort that I knew he needed.

    Thanks for the great article!

    1. Amber,
      Thanks for visiting Nancy’s Cat Corner.
      I love that you were purring for your kitty in his final days. What a way to pay him back and comfort him. I agree kitties can sense when we need something. When I’m sad (even though I haven’t said anything) one of the kitties will promptly jump up and sit on my lap and purr.
      They are amazing animals.
      Thanks again for commenting and sharing your experience.

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