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Cats are such a calming presence in our lives that they reduce the risk of having a heart attack by 40 percent, according to a research study.
I’m not surprised. Burying my face in my cat’s warm, silky fur has helped me calm down numerous times.
She may even be saving my life.
The study, a 10-year endeavor from the Stroke Research Center at the University of Minnesota looked at 4,435 Americans aged 30 to 75, and also found that cats reduce the risk of dying from other heart diseases and stroke by 30 percent.
More specifically, it could be a cat’s purr that’s putting hearts at ease.
動物行為顧問Steve Dale在芝加哥論壇上說貓咪利用他們的呼嚕做為一個冷靜的方法以和他們的小貓們溝通. "他們在感覺滿足時會呼嚕,但他們同時也會在即將要被安樂死前呼嚕."
Animal behavior consultant Steve Dale told the Chicago Tribune that cats use their purr as a calming mechanism to communicate with their kittens. “They’ll purr when they’re content, but they’ll also purr when they’re about to be euthanized.”
In that way, they may be communicating with us as well.
這種動物間的連結, Dale解釋, "這會改變我們的神經化學反應." 貓咪就像在安撫自己的小貓一樣安撫我們.
This animal connection, Dale explained, "alters our neurochemistry.” Our cats are helping us relax just like they do their own kittens.
I’ve often dismissed the idea of my tiny black cat mothering me as being silly. But I have thought about it.
舉例來說, 當我特別感到壓力大時, 我會在睡眠時上氣不接下氣的從噩夢中驚醒在溫暖的床上.
For instance, when I’m particularly stressed, I have the less than delightful habit of of shooting up out of a deep sleep, gasping for breath, caught somewhere between a bad dream and my warm bed.
在這些時候,我的貓咪會溜進我的視線. 她聽見我的聲音, 然後從她睡覺的溫暖地方跳到我的大腿上, 不斷的呼嚕. 她讓我回到安全的現實世界, 然後讓我快速的又回復睡眠.
At these times my cat shimmers into existence without fail. She hears me and hops up to my lap from her own warm sleeping spot, purring away. She anchors me in my safe reality then helps me quickly fall back to sleep.
想想這個簡單卻重要的儀式, 其實可能不只能降低40%, 因為不是所有人都有養貓.
Thinking about this simple, but vital ritual of ours makes that 40 percent seem a lot less astounding, and the fact that not everyone has a cat more so.
If you’ve been considering adopting a cat, you might be saving two lives.
Has your cat ever calmed you down with a purr?