Aside from all the obvious things that we adore about cats, did you know that it has been proven that these amazing animals possess healing powers?
There are many tales of cat owners who are sick or in pain, feeling better, sometimes even healed, by their cat’s purr. This may sound like the plot to your favorite disney film or simply the ramblings of a besotted owner, but over the years research into the mystery of the cats healing powers has backed up these curious stories.
Do cats really have healing powers?
Researchers say YES. Believe it or not, our sweet-bundles-of-fur are probably saving us a bundle in medical bills.
In one study, researchers followed 4,435 people for 13 years. People who had owned cats in the past were less likely to die from a heart attack during that time than people who had never owned cats — even when accounting for other risk factors like blood pressure, cholesterol, smoking, and body mass index.
This was true of people even if they didn’t have cats currently, the researchers explain, which suggests that cats are more like preventative medicine than treatment for an ongoing disease.
The research found that people with pets:
- need fewer visits to their doctor each year
- have fewer sleeping difficulties
- are less likely to need heart condition medicine
The healing powers of cats
1. Cats are good for mental health and well-being
According to one Australian study, cat owners do have better psychological health than people without pets. On questionnaires, they claim to feel more happy, more confident, and less nervous, and to sleep, focus, and face problems in their lives better.
Adopting a cat could be good for your kids, too: In a survey of more than 2,200 young Scots ages 11-15, kids who had a strong bond with their kitties had a higher quality of life. The more attached they were, the more they felt fit, energetic, and attentive and less sad and lonely; and the more they enjoyed their time alone, at leisure, and at school.
2. They make us happy
These friendly little companions can bring sheer joy to our lives on a daily basis. From the little things that they do that make us smile, to the ways they melt our heart, cats have the ability to make us feel warm and fuzzy all over.
Being happy releases much-needed serotonin in your brain and will help you to feel better overall. For people who are single, widowed, or live by themselves, cats are perfect for making you not feel so alone on a consistent basis. In turn, owning a cat can also bring out the gentle, nurturing side of us, that’s not afraid to show love and appreciates the meaning of true companionship.
3. Purring heals
Not only is owning a cat beneficial to your health, with a proven decrease in heart attacks and dysponea, but a cat’s purr can provide healing abilities. Through the power of their purr, cats can create vibrations that range from 20-140 Hz, which has been known to be medically therapeutic for both cats and humans alike. These frequencies put off by a cat’s purr have the capability to promote bone health and even heal them.
Fun fact: there’s an old veterinarian adage that states, “if you put a cat in a room with a bunch of broken bones — the bones will heal”. Cats have long since been thought of as natural healers, and with magical powers like this it’s no wonder. The powerful purr vibrations put off by cats even has the strength to aid in healing soft tissue damage, such as muscle, ligament and tendon injuries.
4. Cats help with heart diseases
Having a cat as a pet can actually lower your risk of having heart attack or other cardiovascular diseases by nearly 30 percent.
While this may simply be because “cat people” are naturally calmer and better able to handle stress, it is quite possible that having a feline friend is soothing and reassuring, and this ultimately contributes to protecting heart health.
5. Cats can relieve you of stress
Owning a feline companion has been linked to reducing stress, which in turn lowers blood pressure. In addition to reducing stress, it’s been said that those suffering from migraines have laid next to a cat, and the steady, rhythmic sounds of a cat’s purr has helped to ease their pain and rid their strong headache.
By simply stroking your cat’s soft fur this can help to relax you by putting your mind at ease and clearing your thoughts. Plus, it’s a great way to bond with your feline friend that they will be sure to thank you for. In addition to healing stress, cats can help to improve your depression and anxiety if you suffer from either of these as well.
6. They may prevent allergies
You always hear about cat hair being one of the most common allergens. However, if a child is exposed to cats within the first few years of life, they are more likely to develop an immune system that combats not only cat allergies but other kinds of allergens as well.
This, the researchers explain, may be because infants exposed to such animals had more abundant populations of two gut bacteria— Ruminococcus and Oscillospira — which appear to have protective effects.
5. Cats prolong life
It’s been proven that senior citizens who own a cat are shown to live longer lives than those who do not. These natural “doctors” have a sixth sense for sensing when you are under the weather, and prefer to be near you for comfort and support.
Owning a cat is also said to even improve your immune function by boosting it. Aside from owning a cat just because, you can thank these special creatures for keeping you happier and healthier as long as they have something to do with it. Cats have miraculous abilities for healing themselves, and as a thank you to you, they don’t mind helping their loving owner in return.