The UK’s leading feline welfare charity Cats Protection is releasing a recording of cats’ purring to ease the stress of Blue Monday (19 January) – often dubbed the most depressing day of the year.
A cat’s purr is widely recognised as having therapeutic benefits for humans so can help combat the inevitable January gloom, brought on by cold weather, unpaid Christmas bills and failed New Year resolutions, the charity says.
Furthermore, curling up with a feline friend is even known to lower blood pressure so cats really could be the purr-fect remedy for New Year blues.
“Sitting with a relaxed purring cat at the end of a hectic day is a soothing massage for the soul,” said Anna Portnoi, Coordinator. “Perhaps this is because the reassuring hum is generally associated with calmness and gentle communication, or perhaps it is because the frequency of the vibration is in the range that can stimulate healing.”
Cats Protection’s recommendation is backed up by research conducted in conjunction with the Mental Health Foundation which showed that owning a cat can help lift the spirits.
The survey found that 87 per cent of people who owned a cat felt it had a positive impact on their wellbeing, while 76 per cent said they could cope with everyday life much better thanks to the company of their feline friends. Half of the cat owners felt that their cat’s presence and companionship was most helpful, followed by a third of respondents describing stroking a cat as a calming and helpful activity.
“These findings tell us what cat lovers have known for years – cats are not just great company but they can also be very good for you,” said Anna Portnoi. “We have so many cats and kittens in our care that desperately need new homes and could help chase away the January blues.”
To offer a cat a home, please call Horsham Branch on 0845 371 2749.
The soothing sound of Phoenix, Buddy and Maddie purring can be found at: www.soundcloud.com/cats-protection
Contributed by Cats Protection UK Horsham Branch.