One lesson I learned as a child was that no matter how bad things got, my pet was always there to comfort me. Although she was a dog (gasp!), she seemed to sense when I needed to just sit and hold her for comfort.
Tonight I was feeling very stressed and frustrated about various things happening around me. Retreating to a quiet back bedroom, I sat down to blog and one of my cats, Priscilla, climbed up under my chin and started purring. It was so soothing to just sit in the quiet and listen to her purr, feeling the soft rumble on my chest. Not only did it comfort me, I found myself relaxing from the stress.
I decided to look up my experience online to see if there was any research on the subject. I found this short article to share:
Cats’ Purring Proven to Help Human Health in Numerous Ways
by Kelli Bender Feb 19, 2015