December 5th 2007 9:11 am
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The Power of the Purr
Written by Gaye Flagg
During a recent conversation with my personal
physician to discuss joint pain issues, I mentioned
that on bad days, I preferred to stay in bed with my
cats. My doctor said, "Oh, that's excellent! A cat's
purr is known to help strengthen bones." Of course, I
had to ask him to kindly tell me what in the world he
was talking about and I learned that having cats has
actually been scientifically proven to promote
healing! A cat's purr [vibrational stimulation] has
been linked to the relief of suffering in persons with
both acute and chronic pain, generating new tissue
growth, augmenting wound tissue strength, improving
local circulation and oxygenation, reducing swelling
and inhibiting bacterial growth.
As people who have chosen to share our homes and
hearts with cats, we already know of their ability to
calm us when we are unwell or upset. How many times
have you been home from work or school, languishing in
bed "under the weather" and then your cats come into
the room, snuggle down beside you and purr away? Can
it be that they actually sense our pain and want to
help us relieve it? Well, talk to anyone who has a cat
and the evidence seems to point to the fact that they
most certainly do! What's even more astounding is that
scientific research now proves that a cat's purr can
actually help us to heal.
There is an old veterinary adage that states, "If you
put a cat in the same room with a pile of bones, the
bones will heal".
Ask any veterinary orthopedic surgeon about how
relatively easy it is to mend broken cat bones, as
compared with dogs. They will tell you that cats do
not experience nearly the number of orthopedic
diseases or ligament and muscle traumas as dogs
experience, and that non-union of bone fractures in
cats is rare. Researchers believe that a cat's purr is
the self-healing mechanism behind these facts.
There is extensive documentation that suggests that
low vibrational frequencies, at low intensity, are
therapeutic. These frequencies can aid bone growth,
promote fracture healing and joint mobility, provide
pain relief, promote tendon and muscle strength and
repair, and help in the reduction of swelling. This
data suggests that frequencies of 25 and 50 Hz are the
best frequencies for promoting bone strength, with 100
Hz and 200 Hz being the second best. Exposure to these
signals elevates bone strength by approximately 30%,
and increases the speed at which the fractures heal.
In order to prove the theory of the therapeutic
benefits of a cat's purr, scientists needed to measure
the domestic cat's purr and how the purr vibration is
spread throughout its body. Extremely sensitive
monitors were used for this purpose. These monitors
were mounted adhesively; they required no external
power, were ground isolated and no cats were harmed in
any way. The scientists prepared the cats by shaving a
section of fur and these small meters were placed
directly onto the skin of the cats. The monitors were
stabilized using washable cosmetic glue and medical
tape. Each testing session lasted between 6 and 10
minutes. During the testing phase, the cats were
comfortably resting on blankets and were encouraged to
purr by occasionally stroking them. Data was then
acquired and analyzed.
All of the cats in the study had purr frequencies
between 20 Hertz and 200 Hertz, notably 25 Hz, 100 Hz,
125 Hz, and 150 Hz! Results indicated that despite
size and different genetics, all of the individual
cats had very strong purr frequencies that fell well
within the range of a multitude of therapeutic
frequencies. It should come as no surprise to those of
us with cats that they are nature's little healers.
The fact that the cats in this study produced
frequencies that have been proven to improve healing
time, strength and mobility could explain our cats
somehow just "knowing" when we are unwell. By doing
nothing more than comfortably resting along side us as
we recover, their purr acts as a vibrational
therapeutic system that helps us to heal that much
faster, experience less pain and discomfort and to
potentially even strengthen our bodies to prevent
So the next time you aren't feeling your best, simply
snuggle down into the warmth of your bed with the
cats. The evidence proves that not only is this an
enjoyable pastime when we are unwell, but also that
there are numerous therapeutic benefits to the body as
December 4th 2007 5:26 am
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*purrrrr* My Momma got the tree all decorated. It is soooo purrrrrty. I love sleeping under the tree. It is so cozy. Moma put a purrrrty "tree skirt" under that tree. She says it isnt a blankie for me to sleep on. But I think she is sadly mistaken. It is soft and warm just like a blankie.
Momma was very sad the other night though. She was getting all the shiney ornaments out. She found the kitty ornaments that have Ozzy and my pictures on them. We miss him alot.
My cold seems to be better. Im not sneezing like I was. I tried to tell Momma that it was all the new smells and some dust from the tree and the ornaments. But she is a worry wart. *purrr*
Well thats it for now.
*back to my nap*
November 26th 2007 10:10 am
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Wow! What a weekend. My Momma fixed the bestest turkey ever. *licking my chops* She is a super good cook. She gave me little pieces of turkey with a little bit of gravy on it. Oh boy! I had my own Thanksgiving yummies. She also gave me a little bit of the cheeseball with cream cheese. It was delicious.
Then after I got my tummy all full, Momma scratched my back and even brushed me. Ohhh that is my favorite! Cuz it is just me and my Momma. She knows all the right spots. That little spot on my back where my tails starts is the one that makes me fall apart. Oh yeah and my face too. Love love love my face scratched.
Ahhhh its a cats life....
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