Chalk up another point for cats! It turns out that they are not only good for the occasional snuggle or the occasional dose of cuteness on Facebook. In fact, the purring vibration of a cat comes with some extraordinary health benefits. 🙂 If you want to lower your risk for cardiovascular disease, adopt a cat! Did you break a bone? Make sure your cat gets a good purr on, because the frequency of that purr has been scientifically proven to carry numerous benefits.
Recent research has shown that the soothing purr vibration fluctuates between 20-140 Hz, a frequency known to be medically therapeutic. In addition to lowering stress (and blood pressure), aiding in overall heart health (cat owners are about 40% less likely to die from heart attacks than their non-owning counterparts), cat purring cuts down on the effects of dyspnea, which is a type of breathing difficulty. In addition, the rumblings of a cat’s purr will help you to heal everything from infections to broken bones to muscle trauma.
So, take some time and check out this infographic which does a nice job of outlining all the benefits of a cat purr. Then go give kitty a healthy dose of love. It’s mutually beneficial! 😉