So Dr Innis Cloete, from Kingsway Vet Centre, joined Lockie to give his professional insight. For centuries dogs have been used for their acute sense of smell and hearing. This allows them to detect changes in the environment. For example, before Pompeii erupted, hundreds of dogs fled the village. Lots of dog owners have also experienced their pup becoming more protective and affectionate around pregnant women because they can smell the hormonal changes.
Cats can also sense these things but show it differently. “Cats are very lazy in telling us what is going on. They sit on their thrones and look down at us human peasants.” When Lockie was sick his cat became unusually affectionate and purred like crazy. “Sleeping next to me, lying on my chest and purring her face off. The illness subsided.” Trials have been taken where the frequency of cat purrs was applied to people recovering from surgery. Those patients healed up to 9 times quicker than those without the frequency. “That frequency is conducive to healing.”
“In the last 15 years the relationship between owners and their pets have changed dramatically…they’ve become so integral in the family unit they are regarded as part of the family.”
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