Cat purring has a beneficial effect on the psyche, but this does not mean that a pet should sleep in the same bed. This opinion was expressed by Andrei Tyazhelnikov, chief freelance specialist of the Moscow Department of health on primary health care of adult population.
As explained by the expert, the oscillation frequency of the purr varies from 20 to 44 GHz, and some scientists suggest that sounds in this range can have a therapeutic effect. The expert noted that listening to the sound of purring can be useful even in the recording — as well as soothing nature sounds. Also Tyazhelnikov added that medical professionals often use cats to assist patients, if you want to relieve stress or to spend “psihologicheskoy discharge” — this approach is called felinoterapiya.
At the same time, the expert stressed that sleep with a pet in the same bed should not for several reasons. First, since cats sleep during the day and night are active, they can prevent a person to sleep. Secondly, cats are carriers of toxoplasmosis, lichen, worms and other diseases that pose a threat to all people and is especially dangerous for infants with immature immune system. Tyazhelnikov also noted that the cat left without supervision with a sleeping baby is able to pin it, so let them spend the night in the same bed “simply unacceptable”.
Specialist referenced mskagency.ru told about the benefits and dangers of communication with cats on the eve of world cat day, celebrated on 8 August.