Cats are graceful creatures that remind people who love them of God's grace at work in their lives. People who love cats say that God sometimes works in miraculous ways through cats to bring blessings into people's lives. Here's how cats help people:
Cats have miraculous abilities to sense danger and warn human beings about it, believers say. Some cats have been documented predicting when people with medical conditions will have seizures in time for those people to plan to get to a safe place before the seizures happen. Other cats have drawn people's attention to impending heart attacks or diabetic comas prior to the events, in time for them to get preventive medical help. Still other cats have warned their families about dangerous situations such as house fires or carbon monoxide poisoning in time for the families to escape harm.
Many people who struggle with loneliness -- such as elderly people and those who live alone -- say that the companionship their cats provide miraculously enriches the quality of their lives.
Cats provide unconditional love that leads their owners to form strong bonds with them and confide their thoughts and feelings in their cats, who are always willing to listen. When cats sit in people's laps or snuggle close to them and purr, the vibrations give physical comfort to people in need of caring touch.
Feline companions also cheer up people by providing entertainment on a regular basis. Cats can learn to do a variety of tricks -- from playing games with toys to meowing as their owners sing -- that encourage and amuse people so that their moods improve, no matter what their circumstances.
When medical patients who are suffering from either sickness or injuries pet cats, they can miraculously lower two key health measurements: their levels of pain and stress. Research studies have shown that the simple act of petting a cat for even just a few minutes can significantly lower the level of pain that a patient feels, and also relax a patient enough to lower his or her blood pressure and promote healthy deep breathing.
Stroke victims have been able to regain significant mobility in their arms and hands by practicing petting cats who wait patiently in their laps during therapy sessions. People with the brain disorder autism have made medical progress by building bonds with cats, since autistic people are bothered by too much activity and noise, and cats are calm and quiet.
God sometimes works through cats in miraculous ways to emotionally heal people such as soldiers and crime victims who are trying to recover from traumatic experiences, believers say. Cats can provide a constant, comforting presence that calms anxious people as it tangibly expresses the reality of God's constant yet invisible presence with them. People who have gone through trauma often are able to talk about their pain with cats, who won't judge them for their struggles, as some human beings do. By opening up to cats about even their most difficult feelings, people can relieve stress and move further along in the healing process.
Some children whom cats have helped learn to read report that cats have miraculously given them the confidence they need to succeed in school. Cats who work as reading buddies in schools listen patiently to kids read, without judging them for their mistakes as people may do. After reading to cats and gaining confidence, children can then move on to reading well in the presence of teachers, parents, and other students.