It is said that the very act of stroking a cat can calm a person down. Our blood pressure lowers, our heart rate drops and we release oxytocin, a hormone that reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Such is cats' magical hold over us, that [Blue Cross], a British charity that rescues and rehomes sick, abandoned and unwanted pets, has released a first-of-its-kind guided meditation cat video, called Karma Kitties.
The six-minute video marries the principles of mindfulness classes with cute cat video clips and the soothing sounds of purring, and was created with the help of mindfulness experts from London Mindful.
We watched it and can report we actually did feel calmer afterwards. There is nothing much cuter than a cat video, as the world will attest, and the sound of a purring cat is serenely soothing.
Before you dismiss this as complete silliness, what makes the video even more cat-tastic is the fact it features a cast of genuinely homeless cats from Blue Cross's rehoming centres, and the video is intended to raise awareness and support for Blue Cross and its furry friends, who want nothing more than a loving home.