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. 🙂
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.