Cat lovers, did you know how these elegant cat friends can improve your life? Sure, cats are delightful when they cuddle with you, and it’s so heartwarming to watch them curl up on your bed into a rotten ball. But how can they improve your health?
It has long been speculated that pets are good for human health.
The positive effects of a pet are commonly referred to as the reduction of stress and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.
However, in cats, there is scientific evidence that their purring can be especially beneficial to their owners.
There are many stories of cat owners who are sick or in pain and feel better, sometimes even cured, by their cat’s purr.
How exactly does it work, you’ll ask? Well, research has shown that the frequency of a cat’s purr actually acts similarly to intense exercise.
The purring of a cat has a frequency of exactly 26 Hertz. This frequency corresponds to the frequency that scientists use in vibration therapies to promote tissue regeneration.
How exactly does vibration therapy work? When the body is exposed to high-intensity pressure and strength exercises, bones and muscles become stronger, strengthen themselves and build muscle.
Vibration therapy does the same healing and strengthening by using low-frequency vibrations instead of intense, stressful activities. Theoretically, therefore, the purring of a cat can contribute to healing.
Owning a cat can actually reduce the risk of a heart attack
According to an impressive 10-year study of more than 4,000 people, cat owners had a 30 percent lower risk of dying from a heart attack than those who didn’t have a cat-like companion.
Participants had a lower heart rate, lower stress levels, and lower blood pressure.
For years, we have known that psychological stress and anxiety are related to cardiovascular events, especially heart attacks.
Pets are likely to contribute to stress relief. The researchers explained that dogs were likely to have a similar effect, but that not enough dog owners participated in the study to conclusively prove this.
A relaxing massage for the soul
Who among us hasn’t had the experience that you’re about to get something done and then fall into the deep internet hole with the cute cat videos?
Such clips are addictive and are often the center of many hours spent procrastinating.
However, research has shown that there is a good reason why we become addicted to cat videos.
They can make us happier and help keep negative feelings at bay.
Even watching cat videos on YouTube to hesitate or while working, the emotional reward can help you complete difficult tasks.
In addition, a 2011 survey conducted by the cat protection organization found that people who spend time with cats or kittens feel calmer and less excited.
Of the cat owners who took part in this survey, 87 percent felt that living with a cat improved their overall well-being, while 76 percent thought their cats help them better manage daily stress.
Sitting with a relaxed purring cat at the end of a hectic day is a soothing massage for the soul.
Maybe it’s because the soothing hum is generally associated with calm and gentle communication, but maybe it’s also because the frequency of the vibration is in a range that can stimulate healing.
Although we consider many cats to be unapproachable and lack the empathy usually associated with dogs, cats may actually be able to understand when their owners are unwell and react accordingly.
Cat owners are less likely to suffer from depression
Studies have found that cat owners are less likely to suffer from depression, high blood pressure, high triglyceride and cholesterol levels, and on average even have fewer doctor visits.
People with dogs have had the greatest health benefit, but any pet is welcome.
Benefits for the body
Cats can also bring physical health benefits to their owners.
For example, a study reported today by Medical News found that people who live with cats have a lower risk of having a heart attack, as we’ve already mentioned.
Research has shown that cats can protect against allergies, asthma and heart attacks.
This may simply be because “cat people” are naturally calmer and better able to cope with stress, but it’s quite possible that a cat lover will have a calming and soothing effect, which ultimately helps protect heart health.
Another study says that toddlers who grow up with furry pets, including cats, are less likely to develop allergies and obesity.
The researchers explain this by the fact that infants exposed to such animals had larger populations of two gut bacteria – Ruminococcus and Oscillospira – which appear to have a protective effect.
Early contact with cats has also been linked to a lower risk of asthma in children.
Cat purring can promote healing and bone density
The purr of the cat is even said to have a therapeutic effect.
According to a study published in i, cats purr in an even pattern between 25 and 150 Hertz.
This frequency promotes healing and even bone density. Cat women, watch out.
When you have a happy cat, your bones will become stronger.
How cats can “educate” us to be good people
Aside from the psychological and physiological benefits that cats bring, they can also influence our behavior and personality and help us be more successful in life.
Recently, a study found that cats can contribute to a person’s financial success in completely unexpected ways: by infecting him with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii.
This type of infection, known as “toxoplasmosis,” usually doesn’t have much effect in adults, but has occasionally been linked to serious health problems in young children and individuals with weak immune systems.
However, researchers have now found that T. gondii may be more likely to push people to take risks that can lead to financial gains.
Cats also help improve the behavior and social interaction of children living with disorders that can affect their ability to “read” and respond to the emotions of others.
A study published earlier this year found that children with autism spectrum disorders who grow up with kittens and bond with them exhibit better behavior because the cats provide valuable emotional support.
It seems that cats in families with a child with autism spectrum disorder often represent a valuable bond, attention, and reassuring affection for the child.