At the Vets: How a purring cat can help to cut your risk of a heart attack

Adopted rescue cat Sabby now in a loving forever home
Adopted rescue cat Sabby now in a loving forever home

Do yourself a favour and get a cat. Most of you will be more than aware 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 petting, and interacting with, our four-legged friends.

But apparently cat purring in particular isn’t just a fascinating noise, hearing the purring sound can also be very therapeutic.

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 with owners enjoying both lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels.

Even bones heal better apparently, with frequencies of 25-50 Hz the best, and 100 Hz- 200Hz second best for promoting actual bone strength.

Purr vibrations have also been known to help healing of muscles, tendons, ligament injuries, even infection and swelling too.

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

Scratch their favourite spot, perhaps under the chin, 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 and companionship, as well as increasing confidence and reducing depression.

Want your kids to breathe easy? Then make sure they have furry family members, helping lower risks of allergies, asthma, and even eczema, plus it strengthens their immune systems.

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

If you don’t yet, then why not 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.