Did you know that our friends the cats have positive influence on our health? According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the cats give their owners more than just an emotional support. The cat could even contribute to the physical health.
The secret of healing is based on the cat’s purring. When purring, it creates vibrations of 20 to 140 Hz which is considered therapeutic for many diseases. But the cat not only improves the health but also the quality of life. Dr. Bradley Smith thinks it improves the quality of life by encouraging empathy and educational abilities of its owner.
If you suffer from high blood pressure, you should eliminate cheeseburgers from your diet and take regular walks in order to improve your condition, but the American psychologist Karen Allen says that having a cat can also help.
One of the most dangerous aspects of hypertension is that you do not realize that you have it. Blood pressure is the force that pushes the blood flow to the walls of your arteries when the heart pumps and if this force is too high, you may develop symptoms such as fatigue, chest pain, headache and tachycardia. But, often, high blood pressure causes no symptoms, making it dangerous.
Lucky for you, owning a cat can help reduce your risk of having high blood pressure. In a recent study led by Karen Allen at the State University of New York, it was established that if the drug called Lisinopril help reduce tension, your cat does too. In fact, having a cat does wonders for stress control spikes in blood pressure.
How cat supports your health?
Calms stress and nerves
Everyone knows that stress is the way the body responds to any request or threat. When you feel overwhelmed, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. A purring of a cat, you can reduce stress and calm your nerves.
Fights against dyspnoea
Nothing is more frightening than not being able to breathe. This is precisely the sensation associated with dyspnea. People who suffer from dyspnea describe it as a deep constriction in the chest or a choking feeling. Know that your four-legged friend can help by generating vibrations due to purring which can reduce symptoms of dyspnea.
Who would have thought that the purring vibrations could promote bone healing? Healing process of a fractured bone has three stages: inflammation, bone production and bone remodeling. To be more specific, the vibrations with frequencies of 25-50 Hz are the best, but those of 100 to 200 Hz also work.
Prevents heart attacks
There are approximately 60,000 heart attacks each year, while in the United States more than one million people suffer from this disease. When one suffers a heart attack, the heart muscle suffers permanent damage. However, according to a recent study, cat owners have 40% lower risk of having a heart attack.
Cures infections and swelling
Micro-organisms such as microbes and parasites are everywhere. Moreover, it is impossible to completely protect against infection. Cat owners can be proud of their pet; it helps to cure these diseases and even swelling!
Help treat muscles, tendons and ligaments
The muscles, tendons and ligaments heal very differently from that of the bone. If the bone is broken, it consolidates and becomes stronger. However, if the muscle is damaged, it gets weaker, less flexible and therefore vulnerable to re-injury. Purring vibrations of the cats can not only help your bones heal, but they can also work wonders on your muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Beneficial for Alzheimer’s patients
We all know that animals are extremely beneficial for the sick patients. And it is not surprising that the cat can help Alzheimer’s patients. In a recent study, it was shown that the vibrations of cat’s purring are particularly useful in preventing anxiety attacks in patients with Alzheimer’s.