Many cat lovers circulate information that their voices have therapeutic advantages that can reduce stress, insomnia and anxiety for humans, so is it true that cat voices have benefits for human health? What does science say about that?
When the cat exits its voice, it produces sound “calming” vibrations that act like a “medicine for humans without side effects,” says veterinarian Jean-Yves Gouchett, from Toulouse, France, who works to provide psychological treatment in France by adopting the voice of cats for treatment.
The French vet confirms that the cats make low-frequency sounds, between 20 and 50 hertz, and are received by the nerves under our skin, and these receptors then transmit the feeling of pleasure to the brain. This drives him to release “happiness hormones” (endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine), according to a report in Deutsche Welle, according to the Agence Science Press.
Cats do not make these very sounds except when exposed to strong emotions, whether negative or positive emotions. These feelings allow the occurrence of the vibration that leads to a sense of calm and reassurance to those who receive it from other cats, such as that the kittens of that sounding cat feel it, for example.
Jean-Yves Gouchett emphasized that the reassuring effect would be the same for humans. He bases his statements – according to what was published by the Agency for Science – on the basis of testimonies that he says he collected during his research on the subject before developing it into his project.
In a book on the subject, French health journalist Veronique Iach confirms that an American study conducted in the 1960s reached that the cat recovers faster than any other animal thanks to the sounds it makes.
The journalist confirms that the vibrations emitted by these sounds were used by physical therapists to accelerate healing of damaged bones in humans.
And according to what Deutsche Welle quoted from the Canadian scientific site “Quebec on Scheff”, the problem is that this information has not found support in other scientific references until now. Nor have any studies been conducted with strict scientific criteria to confirm that cat voices have a positive effect on the mental health of their human companions.
On the other hand, the fact of owning a cat has long been associated with lower blood pressure and the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, and according to data, owning a pet (cat or dog) reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
And on the mental health front, one study suggests that pets help older people feel better when they are sad. Cats have been used in treatment programs since ancient times in Japan, where “cat bars” allow customers to relax with tea while petting animals.