January may finally be behind us but with a fresh coating of snow gracing many of our doorsteps, it seems certain that the winter chill is here to stay for some time yet. Whilst the prospect of this may fill some with glee, for those who suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or just generally feel more down in the dumps during the cold winter months, this time of year can feel like an almighty struggle.
Believe it or not, the therapeutic value of the sound of cats purring is being increasingly highlighted as a potential key to easing those winter blues. Staff at Cats Protection have even uploaded sound files of their own pets’ purrs to highlight the soothing qualities of one of nature’s most heart-warming noises.
Clinical Veterinary Officer at Cats Protection, Beth Skillings commented:
“Sitting with a relaxed purring cat at the end of a hectic day is a soothing massage for the soul. Perhaps this is because the reassuring hum is generally associated with calmness and gentle communication. Or perhaps it’s because the frequency of the vibration is in the range that can stimulate healing.”
Research carried out by Cats Protection and the Mental Health Foundation has confirmed that owning a cat can in fact help to raise spirits. In a survey conducted by the organisation it was revealed that 87% of cat owners feel that their pet has a positive impact on their wellbeing. Furthermore, an incredible three out of four respondents admitted that they cope with everyday life much better thanks to the company they get from their feline friends.
If you struggle with depression during the winter months, please feel free to visit our SAD Knowledge Centre which has information about symptoms and treatments available. If you would like help or treatment for depression please contact us today.