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Felines are Good Medicine: Living with Cats Bolsters our Health — 17 Comments

  1. Cats sure are a positive part of our lives. A few years ago I adopted out a calico cat named Molly McButter. She went to a senior couple, both in their 90s. FOr two years Molly was their companion. The couple’s doctor was surprised when the couple showed signs of improved health. THey both had lower blood pressure etc.. Sadly Molly had to come back to us when the couple could no long care for her properly. Molly proved that she could be a health benifit. Our local humane society has a Seniors for Senios program. THey adopt adult cats and dogs to senior citizens. There is a guarentee that the pet will be cared for in case the animal has to be returned. Love the health benifits we get from our furry kids.

  2. when i told one of my SIL’s about what my cats had done for me she told me about the research that the swedes have been doing for about 10 years and referred me to Scientific American — i think the article was published in 2010.

  3. in 2011 when i broke my arm and totally shattered the humerus my cats alternated lying up against my arm and purring non-stop for 4 – 6 hour sessions. when one got tired of doing it, someone else took over. two weeks later when they took the third set of xrays of my arm, the PA was shocked when he saw that my right arm had totally healed. he even dragged out the xrays from 17 days before to prove — not only to himself, but all the other PA’s and MA’s in the room — that the humerus had been totally shattered in the fall of april 28th, yet by may 21st it had totally healed.

    • anniegoose! I have heard tell that a cat’s purr can help heal broken bones!

      So glad that your kitty helped you to heal!

    • I have read that purring can stimulate healing. It is one of the reasons cats purr– to heal themselves. They purred to heal you. That’s amazing.

  4. I second everything that has been said already. Here’s my version of the same story:

    Whenever I’m tired and lie down on the bed, before long I hear Shakti leaping up to join me. Now that she’s an old lady, she’s become very fussy about how she likes to be petted, but if I just stroke her ever so lightly, soon I feel that wonderful deep vibration, and both of us drift into a mellow, meditative state. After a few minutes, I feel refreshed. I think she does too. It’s definitely a win-win relationship.

    • So GREAT to see you here again, CousinJudy.Shakti sounds like a wonderful healing kitty for you.

      I wonder what cats meditate about! That’s an interesting thought!

  5. It is very hard to stay stressed when you are caressing your cats! All I have to do is lay down for a nap and my personal bed four legged fur partner is there in a heart beat. I might add that she allows the dogs on the bed at the same time with me. lol

  6. Great article and great posts, every one! There isn’t much I can add except to reinforce every single statement and thought, and say that I credit my cats with much that is good in my life, literally from conception to the present time. I’ve always enjoyed freedom from most sicknesses and illnesses that a lot of people get frequently; cats also “center” me and keep me going day to day, no matter what else is going on in life, because I know we are there for one another and that they depend on me to ensure their wellbeing (as I do on them). The pure, unconditional loyalty and love they show me every moment of every day can’t be matched by anyone else; and of course their silliness means I can’t be down for long, no matter what else might be happening!

  7. Cats are better than any tonic and give us a reason for living when everything seems hopeless, we’ve had some bad times and our cats have always been a great comfort thoughout them.
    To me anyone’s home feels empty without a cat in it, I can’t imagine my life without cats in it now either.

  8. I have several health issues that are an ongoing problems one of them is high blood pressure. I can say without a doubt that my cat Sienna helps to keep it in the healthy range. When I get upset she will do something silly that makes me laugh or she will demand pets in an effort to get me to slow down and chill out. Overall, all the cats I have had in my life have been a blessing. I can’t imagine my life without a cat in it. Well I can but it makes me sad to think of it.

  9. Same Felines are great and have made my life much better. Even before I had Cats, I found life rather depressing, and kind of boring. I felt Cats Helped me do things, they have helped with my mental health, helped me wake up early to have meds. Their love is totally unconditional, and dont judge. Often they know when im sad or down or disappointed. My life is a joy having cats wouldn’t have it any other way.

  10. I am living proof as a bachelor with two cats that cats are beneficial to human living.I have also noticed the change in behaviour of my house-keeper who looks after my cats, her time engrossed looking after these non-human children.According to me the soft “PURR” of the cat is one of the most soothing sounds to a cat owners ears, akin to a musical note.

  11. Dee, Well SAID.

    Cats truly are the best medicine. As Michael said, I don’t think I could ever live happily without cats. They give us so much pleasure and love- how can we be unhappy when they are around? They surely chase away stress and upset better than anything!

  12. I’m positive that my heart health is due to caring for cats. I had a heart catheterization about 4 years ago and was told that I have the arteries and function of a 20 year old.
    I attribute it all to the loving relationship that I have with cats and nature, constant motion (I actually sit for a meal about 4 times a year), and a nearly no meat lifestyle.
    I, also, believe that most any sense of wellbeing that I feel is because of cats.
    They, truly, are my happy heart.

  13. I often called Charlie to come to me when I’m working in bed and sometimes he comes although he takes his time.

    Then he comes up to me and lies across my legs. He knows the routine. Then everything slows down and I groom him with a fine comb and he then sleeps across my legs and everything is right with the world the 20 min. I usually end up surfing the Internet while he is doing that and occasionally petting him and talking to him.

    I am not sure I could do without a cat now. They become part of one’s life. It is more than health really. It is a way of life.

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