Cat purr healing and therapy is nothing new. Many people believe that the purr of a cat can actually heal and has therapeutic properties. And now science has proven it. Not everyone is a cat person, and that’s all well and good. However, if you’re not a cat person, there’s a good reason for you to consider swapping your loyalties.
For the first time in many years, a legitimate study on the healing power of animals has produced astounding results. Above and beyond the simple psychological benefits of owning any pet, science has now demonstrated the vibration of a cat’s purr is actually therapeutic. The study was conducted by Fauna Communications Research Group and the results were published in JAVMA, a veterinary journal put out by the Veterinary Medical Association.
A cat’s purr is created by generating a vibration in the vocal cords. Unlike actual vocalizations, the purr continues through both intake and exhalation of breath. It’s not the mechanism that has experts’ interest, it’s the frequency.
There are numerous documented cases in the veterinary world of cats healing quicker than other animals; so many cases, in fact, that it’s a commonly accepted but unstudied truth that cats are fast healers. It’s easy to assume this is just a natural ability of the feline, honed from years of living in the wild and having to fend for themselves.
But what Fauna Communications discovered is why cats are such speedy healers. Cats purr at the therapeutic level of a human TENS unit. The TENS unit is often used in rehabilitation therapy. The device sends electrical impulses to certain parts of the body to block pain signals.
The test cats, over 100 of them, were tested while at rest and purring, the results recorded for 6 to 10 minutes with accelerometers. All species of cats were discovered to have the same variations of purr frequencies. The sound range was 25Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, and 150Hz, the same frequencies found to be beneficial in humans for fracture repair, bone growth, pain relief, inflammation, and irregular breathing. This study eliminates the mystery as to why cats purr even when stressed or hurt. They are self-medicating themselves during this process.
The benefit of having a purring cat isn’t specific to having that pet stay healthy longer. Humans with chronic illnesses or injuries will benefit from a feline companion. Some cats have even been known to spend more time with their owners when the person is feeling ill or recovering from an accident. This isn’t just because your pet is worried about you. It wants to heal you just as it heals itself. Fauna’s research opens the doors to more medicinal usage and allowances for pets in hospital settings. Nursing homes with pets have always reported healthier populations, and incorporating cats into a sick ward may be more beneficial than detrimental.
Up until now, the pathogens carried around on all animals have kept them out of hospital wards, but with such breakthrough healing abilities, cats might find their way into our hearts and hospital beds.