I will never forget the day when my colleague at work was telling me how the feral cat has hastened the decline of the native mammals species in Australia. He claimed that cats are the victimisers in this so called “extinction calamity”, and for that reason, he will never think cats are any good what so ever. I do get where he is coming from, especially in such a disgraceful situation, but I also take it that he already has an opinion about cats, one that is not so positive.
Evil, selfish, dark and cold are probably the most common words you would hear about cats from those who never really know anything about them. As an absolute cat lover myself who has had 8 cats at one time, knowing how cats are generally misunderstood actually pains me. From my own experience, cats do share long and deep bonds with their human family, and that is why I consider them my precious babies and part of my family rather than just pets.
Living side-by-side with these amazing, beautiful and elegant furry animals for more than 10 years has lightened up my days. Sadly, I wasn’t able to take them with me to Australia for the moment, which has been a big downside of coming here. But as I am a huge fan of cats, me and my Australian family have adopted a cat together, and we named her Piaf – hands up and let me know if the name rings the bell! 😉 Adopting Piaf is one of the best decisions I’ve made here in Melbourne; Piaf has comforted me big time in my difficult moments here. So I decided to start my blog journey by talking about cats to make people realise how affectionate and attached these furry angels can be and hopefully also change the opinions of those people who are not fond of cats.
Let me start with why cats are good for us with some evidence……
Purring can mean a few things to cats, it is not just a sign of contentment or delight, it is also a magical power of self-healing when cats are injured or in pain. As you can see in the video, purring is also a therapy to stress. Recent research has proven that the soothing purring of a cat can be beneficial to our well-beings. The cat’s purr falls within a range of 20-50 Hertz, and extends to 140 Hertz. In sound therapy, these vibration frequencies are associated with medical therapeutic and believed to heal injuries and relieve pain. In other words, the cat’s purr helps lower stress level and blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart attack, decrease the difficulties with breathing, heal infection and swelling, mend and strengthen bones.
So if you already have a furry feline that you love, now go fetch her to hug and kiss them for all that they have brought you. If you don’t, why not seriously consider fostering, adopting and saving one who will pay you back with lots of love, snuggles, and many years of great health? 😉
On that note, I will be posting how cats show their love to us in my next blog, and there are more and more to come! So stick around and join me to be a cataholic! Meow~~!