Whether you have a cat or not, you know that these adorable furballs purr. Know that the purrs of our felines have not revealed all their secrets. But their benefits are no longer to be proven. Moreover, famous purrs are used as part of purr therapy. This one can make you smile but it really exists! The presence of cats and the vibrations they emit benefit health and morale.
What is purr therapy?
Purring therapy is a practice that is becoming more democratic. This relaxation technique consists of taking advantage of the purrs of a cat to heal and do good. The benefits of purring therapy are numerous and above all recognized. You should know that in general, the presence of an animal is always soothing.
In the auditory spectrum, purrs are between 25 and 50 Hz. Their frequency is low, which boosts the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that has calming effects. These low frequencies accelerate bone and muscle healing. It is for this reason that they are used in physiotherapy.
Thanks to the purrs, it is also possible to relax. This is why purring therapy is particularly suitable for people who suffer from stress, anxiety, and depression. It reduces pain and lowers blood pressure at the same time reducing the risk of a heart attack. If you suffer from sleep disorders, purrs can help you regulate sleep cycles.
How to organize a purring therapy session?
For your purr therapy session, you must be well prepared. The first rule is to have time. If you only have a few minutes, the benefits will not be there. Patience is also important because you have to be in tune with the cat. your companion does not purr on command.
Make yourself comfortable on your bed or in an armchair. Do not hesitate to take a plaid to feel good. Make your cat comfortable with you. Talk to him softly and pet him. You have to be in contact with the animal and relax. If that doesn’t work, try again later.
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Everything you need to know about a cat’s purrs
The cat purrs almost from birth. It emits its first vibrations from its second day of life. Most often, he does this when he is snuggled up to his mother or nursing. Of course, every kitten is different. Also, do not worry if one of the little ones in the litter does not purr. Purrs are natural and innate. Cats purr throughout their lives. They do this when they are feeling good, when they are being cuddled or when they are eating.
A cat can make over 100 sounds. Some of them are purrs. They can be low-pitched or high-pitched, discreet or powerful… Thanks to its sounds, the cat communicates. Over time, you can learn to understand your cat. Sometimes when your cat purrs, he sticks out his tongue or drools. This means that he feels good and is perfectly relaxed.
Even if we know a lot about cats, purrs still have a part of the secret. Some specialists believe that purring refers to the vibration of the entire phonatory system which includes the nasal cavities, throat, trachea, and vocal cords. Others believe that purrs are the result of the simultaneous contraction of several muscles.
Purrs are also beneficial for cats
Cats purr for a variety of reasons. We mistakenly think that felines emit their vibrations only when they are happy. This is not the case! Of course, purrs often express well-being and significant serenity. Moreover, thanks to purring therapy, he communicates them to us. A cat may also purr to relax. Indeed, if he feels stressed, he purrs to allow his body to release endorphins, which are anti-stress hormones. He is appeased and so are you!
A cat’s purrs can also heal the animal. If he is injured, he may purr to heal himself. As we have seen, purr therapy heals our bone and muscle injuries. But the purrs also act on injured cats.
The cat can finally use its purrs to manipulate you! Domestic cats are very intelligent. Besides, if they meow, it’s only to communicate with you. Thanks to its purrs, a cat can claim cuddles, a presence, or even a delicious mash. These are requests.
Purrs, a call for help
A cat purrs when it feels good, but it also purrs when it feels bad, which can mislead you. How to recognize a call for help? To do this, you have to be careful. A cat that is not feeling well purrs continuously and especially at times when it never normally purrs. Its tail swings from left to right. If in doubt, make an appointment with a veterinarian. Your cat may be in pain.
My cat does not purr, what should I do?
Are you tempted by purring therapy? Do you want to take advantage of all its benefits? It is an excellent idea! But your cat does not purr. Once this observation is made, concern rises. Do not hesitate to make an appointment with a veterinarian. But rest assured, it is possible that this particularity is not serious. The absence of purrs may be caused by a malformation. In this case, the cat will not purr as long as it lives. He will communicate differently.
What should worry you is if your cat stops purring overnight. In this case, it is necessary to make sure that it goes well. Be careful what he eats. Take a good look at him to find out if he is playing or not. Behavioral changes are indicative of the animal’s well-being. Take care of your feline; in return, you can enjoy limitless purring!
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