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I realize that I find the purr of my kittens very relaxing, but is it true that they have real healing powers? Emotion: thinking
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Interesting stuff! If purring can heal or not depends on what you expect I think. Of course if there's a purring cat by your side you won't be instantly healed from all known diseases (wouldn't that be cool? haha) but there's no smoke without fire, and I do believe purring heals to some degree even though we may hardly notice that. There have been researches suggesting that sound frequencies of purring (25 to 150 htz) can improve bone density and promote healing. But this fact has not been widely accepted yet as far as I know.

An interesting article on the topic:
http://heather-donaldson.suite101.com/cat-purring-heals-humans-too-a301041
I suffer from sever migraines since I was very young, I could take a whole box of Advil and it wouldn't help (sometimes I take two and it helps for about 10 minutes so I just don't bother taking them anymore) the only thing I found to stop them was my Russian Blue, He would sleep in bed with me every night but he would not cuddle like any other cat he would actually sleep like a necklace around my neck, or he would sleep on my head and sometimes even on my face! And he would purr really loud, every time I had a headache I would let him sit on my head or neck and just purr away and it would be gone just like that!! Sadly Eliot can't sit still for the life of him and he's the kind of cat to purr and rub all over you with his butt in your face LOL

What I do believe though is that they can detect when someone is ill or in pain I've heard many stories about that. And actually I cut my finger really bad the other day and Eliot will usually munch on my hands and fingers all the time, But I don't know if he can smell it or what but once he noticed I got cut he doesn't bite me at all he will just lick!
I didn't know some of the big cats purr! Thanks. Now I wonder which healing effect is more efficient, big cat purring or domestic cat purring.
Joleen Cohen And he would purr really loud, every time I had a headache I would let him sit on my head or neck and just purr away and it would be gone just like that!!
Whoa this is the first time I hear about a real healing effect like this! I wonder if I can get my cats do the same when I have a headache. Thanks for sharing really! Emotion: yes It's nearly impossible to believe in. If I had read about it in a newspaper I'd actually have doubted that was a true story.
Joleen CohenWhat I do believe though is that they can detect when someone is ill or in pain
I believe that too! My cat is usually affectionate but whenever I'm feeling a bit unwell she will curl up on my chest purring her lungs out! I might not feel better right away but it certainly soothes me a lot Emotion: smile
That's a very interesting article, thanks for sharing!
PradaOf course if there's a purring cat by your side you won't be instantly healed from all known diseases (wouldn't that be cool? haha)
And yes, it would be awesome! Although I believe cats do have that power, except that they just don't use it. Emotion: stick out tongue lol
Yup,Linux (My Russian Blue) was always looking after me and he knew when something was wrong and would always help me out and be there for me. There was also a time I was very sick and couldn't eat anything for about 6 weeks and he stayed with me the whole time just sleeping next to me which is something he usually wouldn't do since he was also an outdoor cat and would spend the day outside and come back to sleep, he also didn't mind my family members who he usually didn't want to go near but I think he knew how much I needed him (I think I was like 13 at the time!).

I do believe they can know. Eliot is more depending on me since I am basically his mother so he counts on me for protection and is less worried Linux was very protective possibly because I was also very young, They are completely different breeds too so its understandable, But he does know when someone is sick and will change his ways and be as nice as he possibly can when you're not feeling well.

LOL I'm getting tears in my eyes talking about him, sorry Emotion: big smile
Very cool video and quite a lot of new information for me, thanks!
What I think is that yes, they purr but we can hardly ever hear that because we don't have big cats as pets! =) As to lions and tigers, I think their purrs would be so loud that we'd mistake it for roaring. =D
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