Cats-R-Us

Cats can be Our Friends!

My previous writings concerning cats have noted a concern about felines as the single source needed by T. gondii, (a parasite that infects 50% of the world with no cure), life cycle.

As the reader may know, there are many stories of animals as healers. Studies have indicated simply petting a cat or dog can lower your blood pressure. Dogs or therapy animals visit nursing homes and hospices and bring peace and joy to patients. Most of us are comforted when we do not feel good by having our pets close to us. There is research that indicates the frequency of a cat’s purr can aid with healing of bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles as well as provide pain relief.

When the Cats are Injured, they Purr and Heal Themselves

The measurable Hertz of a cat's purr lies between 25 and 150. 20 to 50 HZ has shown great promise in speeding bone injuries in human medicine. These same frequencies are optimal for bone growth or repair – although cats seem to be able to ramp up the range to 140 Hz. It seems cat purrs create frequencies that fall directly in the range that is a processes that builds up organs and tissues for bone growth. The Institute of Fauna in North Carolina came to the conclusion that the vibration at frequencies can accelerate cell regeneration. Perhaps, when the cats are injured, they purr and heal themselves.

Cats will purr when they are injured and in pain as well as when they are content. It is plausible that cat purring is a means of communication and a potential source of self-healing. There is no research that has attempted to explain the extraordinary ability cats have for healing themselves.

Perhaps their purring benefits the cats' quick recovery from such things as high-rise syndrome, as mentioned by Dr. Gordon Robinson. Another study reported in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. They documented 132 cases of cats' falling an average of 5.5 stories from high-rise apartments, with some of them suffering severe injuries. Interestingly, 90 percent of these cats survived! Most cats fell from seven stories or more managed to live. The record for survival from heights is 45 stories! The durability of the cat has facilitated the notion that cats have "nine lives!”

Are These Healing Abilities Transferable to Humans?

There is documentation that low frequencies, at low levels dB are helpful with regard to pain relief, and the healing of tendons and muscles. Vibrational stimulation between 50-150 Hz has been found to relieve suffering in 82% of persons suffering from acute and chronic pain (Lundeberg, 1983).

Given the data on the above frequency vibrations, fracture and healing research, the exact match of the frequencies and amplitudes of the cat's purrs to vibrational therapy research, and Dr. Cook's study, (1973) The relief of dyspnoea in cats by purring, New Zealand Veterinary Journal, it is certainly not a leap of faith to speculate that the cat's purr is a healing mechanism.


Kitty Cat praying for health!
Kitty Cat praying for health! | Source
Cats can have a positive influence!
Cats can have a positive influence! | Source

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Dallas, what a stupendous article! I'm definitely going to share it with a couple of fellow cat-lovers. My kitties have been gone a long while and I've not felt inclined to have more, but I can readily see how this would work. As a kid, I broke bones frequently - once so severely that the doctors said I'd never walk without a limp. Mother took me to a chiropractor who showed her how to massage my leg (it hurt!) to straighten the bone when it was out of the cast. AND I had my beloved kitty with me all the time. My leg healed straight and no limp.


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dallas93444 4 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

Nellieanna,

Thanks for your great comments! I will be back for more comments in regard to your comments...


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dallas93444 4 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

Nellieanna,

It seems our mothers were right! There are benefits in owning a cat...

When you pet a cat, it lowers blood pressure. Cat owners are less likely to die of a heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases. Cat owners also have fewer strokes.

Cats can help people suffering from depression. Cats are good for children, too. It makes them less allergy prone.

Some of these effects are benefits from any connection with the natural world. Fish in a tank, flowers in a vase, or a stone fireplace are all positive influences in a room. Some people give dogs the extra health points, because a dog demands exercise and getting out and about. These are a good points, and may work wonderfully for those who need that nudge to get out and be active. Perhaps when you tend to your flowers, you and your cat both are happy!

There is the study of sound in animals called Bioacoustics and includes animal communication and associated behavior, sound-production anatomy, the auditory mechanisms of animals, etc.

Another study published in 1980, found that heart attack patients who owned pets lived longer than those who didn't. Also, found that petting one's own dog could reduce blood pressure.

More recently, says Rebecca Johnson, a nurse who heads the Research Center for Human/Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, studies have been focusing on the fact that interacting with animals can increase people's level of the hormone oxytocin.

"That is very beneficial for us," says Johnson. "Oxytocin helps us feel happy and trusting." Which, Johnson says, may be one of the ways that humans bond with their animals over time.

But Johnson says it may also have longer-term human health benefits. "Oxytocin has some powerful effects for us in the body's ability to be in a state of readiness to heal, and also to grow new cells, so it predisposes us to an environment in our own bodies where we can be healthier."

Enjoy your cat!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I didn't realize they purred with both bad and good experiences. I had a cat once that did seem to have nine lives. He was quite a curious one and would end up in some kind of injury. I do miss him now. Enjoyed the hub and the information.


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dallas93444 4 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

teaches12345,

Thanks for your comments! You can always get another cat...


femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

Dallas,

In all honesty, I have an affinity for cats, but I prefer they live with someone other than me. And, a cat's purring I can tolerate, but the sound tends to make me anxious and uncomfortable. I know. I'm wired weird, lol. But, I do like them, and would never harm one, and don't want to see anyone else harming one either.

The fact that I dislike them purring on me doesn't seem to bother cats at all. They still want to climb all over me and purr like little motor boats.

An interesting thing about the frequency of cat purrs is that low frequency sounds are used by large cats, and don't have a good effect at all. They can cause confusion, anxiety, fright, nausea and even dizziness when exposed to them, and (at least per what I've read), the large cats use this natural ability on prey, to assist them in capture and kill.

I'll pass this on. I know several besides me who will enjoy it a great deal. :)

femme


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dallas93444 4 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

femmeflashpoint ,

I like cats: they taste like chicken! OK, I am not serious!!!

Or, purr is what a cat does, "fit" is what a cat does... Hence the word perfect!

Writing this article was educational for me. Obviously, there is much more to learn.

Thanks for your comments,

Your friend,

Dallas


femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

Dallas,

I've seen the bumper stickers. Neither of them are allowed to be on my vehicle, but I still found them amusing. ;)

femme


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dallas93444 4 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

femmeflashpoint,

Of course not. I would not have them on my bumper either! I appreciate your passion for animals.


femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

Dallas, LOL!!!!

The reason I don't want them on my bumper is because, I just don't wanna mess up my little SUV with sticky-paper slogans, LOL!!!

Sorry, I nearly laughed out loud at the misrepresentation I made. However, it's true. I'm a little loud regarding my stance on animal abuse, the abusers, and what I think should be done to them (muuuah-ha-ha-ha ..... ), but I'll only talk about it, or write about it. I'm still not sticking anything on my bumper, lol!!

femme


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dallas93444 4 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

Femme,

There is an interesting point about the personality profile of those who put bumper stickers on their cars and trucks... they share common traits.


femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

Okay,

I'm interested ... what are the common traits?

femme


femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

Wait!!!

Don't tell me. It makes for interesting Hub-fodder. :)

I'd rather wait for the whole read, in one of your articles.

femme


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dallas93444 4 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

OK... I will post an article about it! Stay tuned...


femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

Dallas,

Works for me!

Thanks much!

femme


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femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

I already caught it, and I loved it, lol!

femme


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dallas93444 4 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

Thanks!


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dallas93444 4 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

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dallas93444 4 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

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