Break a Bone? Get a Cat!

Break a Bone? Get a Cat!

misty cutenessSeriously! And it’s all in that wonderful purr. All of us cat owners can agree that a cat’s purr is a wonderful sound; it relaxes us after a long, hard day and reminds us that in a world of sometimes complete chaos that everything will be alright. But there more to this glorious purr! Not only is the sound very pleasant but research has found the very vibration or frequency that’s emitted by a domestic cat’s purr can actually promote healing for themselves and their fellow humans. A study conducted by Chen et al found that “purr frequencies correspond to vibrational/electrical frequencies used in treatment for bone growth/fractures, pain, edema, muscle growth/strain, joint flexibility, dyspnea, and wounds”.  This study showed that domestic cat purrs emit purr frequencies between 25 and 50 Hz, which are the “low frequencies that best promote bone growth/fracture healing”. Another study by biomedical engineer, Dr. Clinton Rubin, “discovered [exposure] to frequencies of 20 to 50 Hz […] creates the robust striations associated with increased bone density, suggesting applications for osteoporosis, particularly in post-menopausal women and the elderly”. You may read more about these studies here:

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These studies simply piggyback off the enormous amount of studies that prove how vital our companion animals are to our physical and emotional health. Some studies found simply having your pet in the same room “lowered blood pressure better than taking [an] ACE inhibitor when you are under stress”! For a long list of other improvements companion animals offer to our physical and emotional health, please visit this website.

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