Sound healing and how the cat’s purr can help heal and relieve pain (science)

The cat's purr has healing properties are supported by scientific studies

Anecdotally we hear quite a lot about the healing powers of the cat’s purr. I decided to dig around a bit to see if I could find some scientific studies to back up the anecdotal evidence. Here are some examples of sound healing both involving the cat’s purr and other resources. The dominant frequencies …

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What animals other than domestic cats can purr?

Raccoon purring

The domestic cat purr has been discussed at great length in Internet articles and in scientific studies. We all know about it and enjoy it. Some wild cats also purr such as the cheetah, bobcat, puma, ocelot for example. Their purrs are stronger than that of the domestic cat. The “big cats”, that famous …

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Non-cat owners ask: “Do cats get emotionally attached to their owners like dogs?”

Timothy Hardway with his cat

To good cat owners – and the vast majority are at least decent at the job – the question in the title is bizarre and slightly upsetting as it implies that cats simply don’t become emotionally attached to their owner when obviously they do otherwise there wouldn’t be many millions of happy cats and …

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Daughter gave a cat to her dying dad with dementia

Dying man with dementia comforted by the presence of a cat

The story, presented in the form of an infographic, is instructive. It tells us that when we can’t give a dying relative with dementia a present because they won’t understand what it’s for, they will instinctively respond to the presence of a cat or dog. Dementia or not, it seems that humans respond positively …

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Graduates prefer cats to dogs

Graduates are more likely to own a cat than a dog

This research is not current but for a long time I have been reading about cat owners being intelligent, independent-minded people, usually single women. That is the kind of profile we read about. And a research study published in 2010 which hit the news media outlets revealed that “Households in which someone was qualified …

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Cats counteract the 26% increased chance of a heart attack in lonely diabetics

I’m going to refer to several studies reduced to simple language. I know how people don’t like studies because they can be a bit technical. In summarising, the studies found that people with diabetes who were lonely were 26% more likely to develop heart disease than those who regularly saw friends. To counteract the …

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Can cats detect hypoglycaemia in their owner?

Can cats detect hypoglycemia in diabetic owners?

In summary, I think it is plausible that domestic cats can detect the levels of acetone in a diabetic person’s breath and measure that against their health and well-being. They can therefore potentially alert the diabetic person’s partner to problems. This is a discussion article. A story prompted me to write it. The Evening …

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Trending in the UK: Karate Cats maths educational videos

Karate Cats maths

Google Trends tells me that Karate Cats and particularly Karate Cats Maths are trending upwards under the general umbrella of the search term “cat”. It’s also worth noting that dogs are about as twice as popular as cats in terms of a search term on Google search. Does that mean that dogs are twice …

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