We all have made the assumption that when we hear the purring of our feline friends, it’s an expression of pleasure or communication. However, have you ever thought about the fact that purring could also be the way our cats are communicating about the stresses in their lives?
Just as humans take in deep breaths when stressed, cats use purring as a stress reliever as well as a mechanism that rejuvenates their bodies.
Scientists have found that cats purr through “intermittent signaling of the laryngeal and diaphragmatic muscles,” reports the Scientific American.
This means by inhaling and exhaling in a consistent pattern and frequency between 25 and 150 hertz, it has been discovered to improve their bone density and promotes self-healing.
Cats also use long periods of sleep to conserve energy while stimulating their muscles and bones through purring.
Researchers have also found that compared to their canine counterparts, purring felines show less muscle and bone abnormalities. They assume purring “has helped alleviate the dysplasia or osteoporotic conditions” that are common in Fido.
Take a cue from your pretty kitty next time you’re under stress. A few deep breaths does a world of good towards promoting self-rejuvenation and healthy living.
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