VET’S VIEW: The therapeutic sound of a cat’s purr

DO yourself a favour and get a cat.

Thursday, 15th August 2013, 12:00 pm

Most of you will already know that having pets in your family is good for both you and your family’s health, with many studies proving a variety of health benefits derived from having our four-legged friends around.

But apparently cat purring in particular isn’t just a fascinating noise; the purring sound is therapeutic, too.

Stroking a purring cat will calm your (and probably your cat’s) nerves, reducing stress, improve your breathing, generally lowering blood pressure; even contributing to a 40 per cent less risk of heart attack.

Even bones heal better apparently, with purr vibrations also been reported to help healing of muscles, tendons, ligament injuries, even infection and swelling, too.

Rescue shelters are overflowing with homeless cats right now, so why not adopt a rescue cat so you can cuddle up together improving both your wellbeings?

Scratch their favourite spot and get a decent purr going.

Your new cat will be ecstatic and you’ll both be much healthier for it!

Even if they don’t purr, time with your cat (or any other pet) is still good for you, even helping sick people feel better.

For example Alzheimer’s patients suffer fewer anxious outbursts if they’re living with a pet.

Looking after a pet provides elderly people with exercise, companionship, vastly increasing confidence and reducing depression.

Want your kids to breathe easy? Make sure they have furry family members to help lower risks of allergies, asthma, eczema, strengthening immune systems, too.

So if you’ve already pets in your house go play, walk, or cuddle them right now.

If you don’t, then make an appointment with your local rehoming shelter, i.e. WADARS, Cats Protection, RSPCA, Cat Welfare Sussex, and provide a loving forever home to a rescue pet who’ll pay you back with years of good health.