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Purring the blues away

14 January 2013
Purring the blues away Monday 14 January was dubbed as ‘Blue Monday’ - the most depressing day of the year.

With forecasters predicting the freezing conditions are only going to get worse and we reluctantly settle back into the work routine, it comes as little surprise that Monday was said by experts to be the most depressing day of the year. But a new study suggests say there may be a simple way of combating 'Blue Monday' - sit by a window, going for a stroll and according to Cats Protection, purr therapy.

A cat’s purr is widely recognised as having therapeutic benefits for humans and therefore could help combat the inevitable January gloom, brought on by cold weather, unpaid Christmas bills and failed New Year resolutions. Furthermore, the charity says that curling up with a feline friend is even known to lower blood pressure so cats really could be the purr-fect remedy for New Year blues.

“Sitting with a relaxed purring cat at the end of a hectic day is a soothing massage for the soul,” said Jenny Penn, Publicity Officer for Cats Protection Greenwich. “Perhaps this is because the reassuring hum is generally associated with calmness and gentle communication, or perhaps it is because the frequency of the vibration is in the range that can stimulate healing.”

Cats Protection’s recommendation is backed up by research conducted in conjunction with the Mental Health Foundation which showed that owning a cat can help lift the spirits. The survey found that 87% of people who owned a cat felt it had a positive impact on their wellbeing, while 76% said they could cope with everyday life much better thanks to the company of their feline friends. Half of the cat owners felt that their cat’s presence and companionship was most helpful, followed by a third of respondents describing stroking a cat as a calming and helpful activity.

“These findings tell us what cat lovers have known for years – cats are not just great company but they can also be very good for you,” said Jenny. “We have so many cats and kittens in our care that desperately need new homes and could help chase away the Monday blues.”

To offer a cat a home, please call the Greenwich branch on 020 8853 8666, option 1. Thank you.