The world’s leading authority on the science of cats purring [and animal sounds in general] is Fauna Communications of the USA. A few years ago when the media was intrigued by the whole notion of cat’s purring being more than a nice sound, it was Fauna who supplied the info.

It is interesting that when [appalling] stuff is tested on animals, we rush to use it, companies declaring it safe. And when animals are proven to have wonderful qualities of healing, communication, empathy, perception, understanding, awareness etc., we [excluding Daily Mews readers of course] are a bit more sceptical.

 And so it is with purring! But it is changing, and fast.

Fauna has drawn upon studies that prove beyond doubt that the frequency of a cat’s purr is such that it heals cats’ broken bones, severed tendons and lacerated skin; and also alleviates breathing difficulties.

Everything in the universe has a frequency. We humans know [again this is scientific fact] that certain frequencies heal our bones, and help with pain and muscle strains etc.

Cats purr at a range of between 20 and 50 Hz [measure of frequency]. Our bones heal best at between [wait for it] 20 and 50 Hz! Indeed our healing range goes up to 140 Hz-and yes, so do cat purrs.

Given the UK [and world-wide] has several million actual and potential osteoporosis and asthma sufferers, wouldn’t you think this is something worth investigating? Lobby your MP!

Wouldn’t you rather have a wonderful warm, delightful creature to heal you, or a cold steel machine? And if you can’t get the cat, how about a CD which blends purring with music? [this is available direct from Jack:  ]

Cat lovers don’t need telling that their beloved pet heals and relaxes [and makes us feel good]. And yet the purring cat can also energise us too! Is there no end to these creatures’ talents?

Let us have the same amount of research put into how animals can and do help the human race as is wasted on boosting flagging/sagging egos and unnecessary cruelty... And unlike humans, cats have no mental baggage about staying ill [and attracting sympathy, escaping from problems, even getting compensation]. Have you never enjoyed a brief bout of [non-life threatening] illness? Never?

A closing quote from Fauna [for more on this go to]:

“Given the data on anabolic frequencies, fracture and healing research, the exact match of the frequencies and amplitudes of the cat's purrs to vibrational therapy research, time proven adages, biomechanical therapy, studies on tendon and muscle repair and Dr. Cook's study, it is certainly not a leap of faith to speculate that the cat's purr is a healing mechanism.”

So there you have it. Cats heal OK?


© Jack Stewart, April 2005

N.B. Harry, who is pictured at the top of the page, appears on tracks 1, 3, 5, 6 & 7 of the PURRFECT SYMPHONY CD 

A Morning Kiss

A morning kiss, a discreet touch of his nose landing somewhere on the middle of my face.
Because his long white whiskers tickled, I began every day laughing.

Janet F Faure

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