Beat Blue Monday with a cat’s purr
18 February 2015
Blue Monday (Monday 19 January) is reportedly the most depressing day of the year. But the inevitable January gloom brought on by cold weather, unpaid Christmas bills and failed New Year resolutions can be combated with a cat’s purr.
A cat’s purr is widely recognised as having therapeutic benefits for humans and curling up with a feline friend is even known to lower blood pressure.
Cats Protection is releasing recordings of cats’ purring to ease the stress of Blue Monday.
“Sitting with a relaxed purring cat at the end of a hectic day is a soothing massage for the soul,” said Beth Skillings, Cats Protection’s Clinical Veterinary Officer. “Perhaps this is because the reassuring hum is generally associated with calmness and gentle communication, or perhaps it is because the frequency of the vibration is in the range that can stimulate healing.”
Research carried out in conjunction with the Mental Health Foundation supports this recommendation, revealing that owning a cat can help lift the spirits. The survey found that 87 per cent of people who owned a cat felt it had a positive impact on their wellbeing, while 76 per cent said they could cope with everyday life much better thanks to the company of their feline friends. Half of the cat owners felt that their cat’s presence and companionship was most helpful, followed by a third of respondents describing stroking a cat as a calming and helpful activity.
“These findings tell us what cat lovers have known for years – cats are not just great company but they can also be very good for you,” said Beth. “There are thousands of cats and kittens in our care that desperately need new homes and could help chase away the Monday blues.”
Those wishing to adopt a cat from Cats Protection can visit www.cats.org.uk/adopt-a-cat
or call the charity’s helpline on 03000 12 12 12 to find the nearest branch.
Photo credit: Ella Mullins via flickr