Scientists have explained the ability of cats to calm a person
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Cat owners are well aware that their pets act as a sedative. Recently, scientists have confirmed that this is not an illusion at all, but a real scientific fact. Cats help to overcome loneliness, depression and defeat panic attacks. How it works, told the popular science magazine Psychologies.
Studies conducted by psychologists from the USA have proved that a person copes better with stress, pain and fears if he holds something warm and fluffy in his hands. It may well be a cat, but not necessarily. Scientists did not want to offend anyone, but at the same time stated the fact that an inanimate object with certain properties would also be suitable.
Studying the influence of different objects on a person, psychologists distributed hot water bottles, wooden blocks and fur balls to the participants of the experiment. As a result, it turned out that a person holding a warm or fluffy object in his hands resists stress much better. People were influenced in various ways and learned that a hot water bottle or fur in their hands helps not to be afraid of scary videos. Moreover, even the electric shock acted on them less effectively.
Psychologists have explained this strange phenomenon. The warmth and softness of the skin has been associated with safety since prehistoric times. Being in a cave or a hut by the fire, on the skins among the tribesmen, our ancestors could relax. After thousands of years, this principle continues to work. This is not surprising, because it has been fixed for dozens of generations. Maybe you've noticed that even a cup of hot tea in your hand makes problems a little easier.
In the modern world, many people live by themselves. They lack not only communication, but also a subconscious sense of security. Scientists are convinced that cats that combine warmth and softness are ideal human companions. They may well be considered natural antidepressants. As a bonus, furry friends will share their purring with you, which also pacifies.
Japanese stores have been offering fur pillows for a long time, with built-in heating and purring. In Japan, few can afford to keep a cat at home, so the ingenious device is in demand.
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