Cat's Purr for Health
my wife likes them, cats are also part of my life, and, for many years,
as a thoroughly pragmatic and practical man who prefers lint to cat
hair and dust to cat litter, I've been seeking a rationale that will
allow me to live happily with four cats while also justifying the
expense of cat food, neutering bills, feline toys, claw-trimming bills,
carrying cases, and yet more vet bills.
thanks to a fascinating article in the 18 March 2001 edition of the
UK's Electronic Telegraph, I think I'll now start house-sitting cats
gladly because they may well contribute to longevity and skeletal
researchers have discovered that cat purrs
are the secrets to their nine lives. And if the purrs are healing
our feline friends, then those wonderful little sound engines that
turn on so nicely when a cat snuggles into a lap must also be sending
good healing vibes into the bodies of those who pet and hold them.
to the Telegraph article: "Wounded cats --wild and domestic --
purr because it helps their bones and organs to heal and grow stronger,
say researchers who have analyzed the purring of different feline
species. This, they say, explains why cats survive falls from high
buildings and why they are said to have 'nine lives.' Exposure to
similar sound frequencies is known to improve bone density in humans."
as I read the above, I immediately thought, "Ahha, that helps
to explain the studies about pet therapy that show senior citizens
feeling happier and living more healthfully in retirement homes when
cats are brought in for them to hold and pet."
others far smarter than me have already thought about how the cat's
purr may be of benefit to humanity. According to the Telegraph
article, "Other scientific teams are researching whether 'sound
treatment' could be used to halt osteoporosis and even renew bone
growth in post-menopausal women. Dr David Purdie, from Hull University's
centre for metabolic bone disease, said that the human skeleton needs
stimulation or it begins to leak calcium and weaken. 'Purring could
be the cat's way of providing that stimulation for its own bones.'"
scientists will monitor cat's purrs
and break them down into a zillion different pieces and spend millions
of dollars before eventually announcing to the world that holding
a purring cat will benefit human health.
you don't have to wait for your favorite news anchor to share this
scientific breakthrough on the nightly news. Instead, take in a stray
cat this week or visit the local animal shelter and save the life
of a feline that would otherwise be put to sleep.
really aren't many things in life more satisfying than a cat that
has turned its purr machine up
to loud while dozing happily in your lap.
who knows, that furry bundle of love may even strengthen your bones
and stave off osteoporosis.
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