The Department of Animal Care and Control estimates there are hundreds of millions of cats in our world today. Here in the U.S. there are around 80 million registered cats, making cats by far the most popular domesticated animal. Its popularity, no doubt, has something to do with a cat’s indepenency, needing only food and shelter to live contently. Cats go about their daily routines of hunting, napping and exploring giving the impression of autonomy. They do not give the impression of needing our love and attention. They are happy picking and choosing when and how and to whom they will show their affection.
Whether or not you are a cat owner it is likely you have from time to time enjoyed petting a purring cat. We instinctively enjoy the feel and sound of a cat’s purr. Studies have recently confirmed some remarkable health benefits derived through the vibration of a cut’s purr (measured 20 – 140 Hz), most notably the strengthening and healing of bones.
Cats don’t just purr when they are contented, they also purr when they are injured. Many researchers believe the cat’s purring helps heal infections, reduce swelling and strengthens their bones. Cats have a remarkably strong skeleton which allows them to fall from great heights without breaking bones. The old myth that cats have nine lives comes from the fact that cats are able to survive falls that would kill other animals because of the strength of their skeleton. Veterinarians have known for many years of the cat’s power to heal broken bones. In fact, an old veterinary adage states; “If you put a cat and a bunch of broken bones in the same room, the bones will heal.”
It is interesting to note that David R Hawkins, M.D. Ph D. stated that a cat’s purr calibrates at 500 on the scale of consciousness. 500 is the level of unconditional love.
When a cat purrs nearby humans may be therapeutically benefited. Recent studies show that cat owners have a 40% less rick of heart attack. Below is a chart showing the healing power of cat purrs:
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