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The Amazing Healing Power Of Cat Purrs


I am 32 years old and while my friends are either having or hoping to have children soon, I have no interest in that. What I really want is a furbaby – otherwise known as a CAT.

Yep, I am a cat-crazy girl named Kat.

Unfortunately, I have never had a cat… my mother never allowed it when I was a child and as an adult, it simply hasn’t fit with my nomadic lifestyle. But the time has come: this will be the year of the cat for me.


Why do I want a cat?

Because cats are the coolest (don’t even argue on that with me!) and the best pet to have! Here’s why:

  • Cats are low maintenance. You don’t have to take them out for walks like you need to do with dogs.
  • They are independent. They even take care of their bathroom business alone.
  • They are full of love. And cats don’t just love you because you are ‘their human,’ but because they also love you for YOU.
  • They are smart and full of personality.
  • They are cute. Don’t believe me? Go watch some cat videos, NOW!

What is even more interesting is that cats have healing powers – or rather, their purrs do.

A Brief History Of Cats

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I am not the first one in history who has an appreciation for cats. In fact, the strong bond between cats and humans dates back for as long as history can remember.

  • The oldest remains of a young wild cat buried with a human were found in Cyprus. The remains are about 9,500 years old. [1] 
  • In Ancient Egypt, cats were loved and worshiped. Their goddess of war and protection, Bastet, is a woman with the head of a cat. Beyond Egypt, cats were loved around the whole world among many cultures. [2] 
  • Chinese farmers worshiped Li-Shou, the Chinese cat god for protecting their crops from mice and rats. The Polish cat god, Ovinnik, was believed to chase away evil spirits. Ai-apaec was the name of the Peruvian cat god. Ceridwen, a Welsh goddess, was attended by white cats to help her in the human world. [2] 

Now let’s leave history alone and forget about personal preferences of pets for now. Let’s look at the real science behind the healing powers of cats.

The Healing Power Of A Cat’s Purr


A recent study found cats’ purrs to be medically therapeutic when in the range of 25 – 150 Hz. [3] People who own cats also seem to suffer less from health conditions, get better sleep and are 40% less likely to have a heart attack, simply because cats that are loved and being cared for help their ‘human’ to relax. [4] 

Cat purr vibrations can help you with: [3] 

  • Pain relief
  • Wound recovery
  • Muscle growth
  • Muscle repair
  • Tendon repair
  • Bone recovery and growth
  • Joint mobility
  • Dyspnea
  • Shortness of breath

What If You Are Allergic To Cats?

There are hypoallergenic cat breeds you can consider, including: [5] 

  • Balinese-Javanese
  • Cornish Rex
  • Devon Rex
  • Siberian
  • Sphynx
  • Bengal
  • Burmese
  • Siamese
  • Russian Blue
  • Ocicat
  • Oriental Shorthair

If you are looking to get a cat, make sure to go to the Humane Society or look around your community for kittens that need a good home. Remember, while cats are sweet and are apparently good for your health, they are also a big responsibility. Make sure you have the right environment, time and love for them.

Are you a cat person? Do you have a cat? Tell us about him or her! Better yet, show us a picture – we would love to see your fur-babies. Share with us in the comments below!



[1] Walton, M. (2009, April 9). Ancient burial looks like human and pet cat. Retrieved from

[2] Kelley, J. A. (2015, June 04). 6 Cat Gods and Goddesses Worshiped by Ancient Cultures. Retrieved from

[3] Muggenthaler, E. V. (2001, October). The felid purr: A healing mechanism? Retrieved from

[4] Teitelbaum, J. (2008, August 06). Cats Better Than Cholesterol Meds in Preventing Heart Disease! Retrieved from

[5] PetMD. (n.d.). Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds. Retrieved from

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