Included among her findings is the remarkable discovery that
a lion's guttural roar can temporarily paralyze its intended
On the other hand, a cat's purr is typically thought to
indicate serenity and contentment, like when Tabby is lying
in the sun or enjoying a nice scratch on the head. But
recent research has found that a cat will purr even when it
is injured. In light of this puzzling information, some
scientists theorize that a cat's purr may have healing
properties, since all but essential body functions shut
down under trauma.
According to a European study, a cat's purr ranges between
25 and 50 hertz, the frequencies best suited for the healing
of bone and tissue. Therefore, there is a strong likelihood
that Tabby will continue to purr when injured—because it
will help her to heal!
Can these same vibrational properties accelerate the
recovery of humans from broken bones and other illnesses?
Can a purring cat on the chest of a bedridden person allow
them to leave the hospital sooner? The evidence is thus far
inconclusive. But based on anecdotal reports, petting the
contented cat on your lap it can't hurt—and may cure—what