Does a Cat's Purr Help You Heal Faster?

I'm a firm believer in this theory!

July 23, 2018

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I am team cat all the way. I don't have anything against dogs, but for my lifestyle cats just make better sense. My issue is that I cannot get past the idea of picking up hot dog poop in a plastic bag using my hand. Nope. No thank you! 

I love my cats. After a stressful day or when I am sick, they stay close by my side. I actually just had surgery two weeks ago and was out of work for a week. Both of my cats would sit with me together in my recliner chair where I was recuperating or they'd switch off almost in shifts. 

Since I had abdominal surgery, I kept a firm pillow on my tummy to protect it. My cats would come up on the arm of the chair and climb onto the pillow and lay there and purr for hours. If I was lucky, I'd get both of them at the same time. 

But is a cat's purr really something that helps healing? I believe it. And this video popped up on my facebook timeline this morning. It's about a cat nursing a baby with a fever. 

And I did a little research too. According to Scientific American, "Cats purr during both inhalation and exhalation with a consistent pattern and frequency between 25 and 150 Hertz. Various investigators have shown that sound frequencies in this range can improve bone density and promote healing."