Elderly - insomnia: the purring of a cat, a hug that heals
Stress, insomnia or anxiety can also be treated without drugs through punctually purring cat, the therapeutic praised by their owners and animal professionals.
Jean-Yves Gauchet veterinarian in Toulouse, France in claims authorship of the "purr therapy," says that the humming "soothes" and acts as "a drug without side effects." "When the body fight against stressful situations, such as stress, purring cat vibrates sound soothing and beneficial, a bit like the music," he says.
The cat is then like a cello whose music is amplified depending on the size of the ribcage, which acts as a sounding board. The purr comes from the larynx and its vibrations are a sign of appeasement between cats. "This is the first signal that the mother sends her child, a call recognition and appeasement which also works with the man," said the vet.
Man perceives the purring by his eardrum but not only.
"It is through the eardrum but Pacinian corpuscles, nerve endings located close to the skin, we perceive the hum that emits low frequencies, between 20 and 50 hertz. Positive thoughts and well-being then transmitted to the brain, "he says. And the virtues of cats, which are nearly 11 million homes in French, not limited to purr.
"The cat is an eternal baby who loves to cuddle and just waiting to play and in some cases it fills a lack of affection for those who do not have children," he says.
Victoria Houssay, 22, is "relaxed and reassured" by the presence of Memphis, his third cat. "When he purrs on my belly, I am calm and relaxed," says the young woman. "He just himself when I am sad, tired or sick and it makes me feel good."
In nursing homes, pet cats comfort residents trust the supervisors. "One of our clients suffering from a behavioral disorder, and only the presence of a cat soothes, helps to fall asleep," reflects Bruno Hardy, health care to nursing home "Richard" in Conflans Saint-Honorine (Yvelines).
Health journalist, Veronica Aiache has devoted a book to "The purr therapy", published by Guy Trédaniel. "It is a powerful anti-stress, control blood pressure, the immune Booster and psycho-motor" she notes reporting the results of a study conducted in 1950 by the American medical profession.
"A fracture equal, the cat recovers three times faster than any other animal. Vibrations emitted by the purr have also been reproduced by physiotherapists to accelerate bone healing," she says. In Japan, there are even "cats bars" where customers come to relax after work, drinking tea while petting animals.
Complicity between man and cat has its roots in agriculture when he was away pests several millennia ago.
Jean-Denis Vigne, CNRS researcher and archaeologist, said he discovered during excavations in Cyprus in 2005, the earliest evidence of an association between the man and the cat "in the emotional sense."
"A burial of a man associated with a cat skeleton dating from 8500 BCE tends to prove their involvement in the life and in the hereafter," said he.