Do cats feel love? Do we get a hormonal boost from loving cats?

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When someone I was buying greens from at the farmers market wished me Happy Mother’s Day, she put a caveat on it and said “That is IF you are a mother.” Not one to let poor manners slide I very kindly told her “I’m a mother to 4 cats, 4 bunnies, a business, and I’m motherly to countless people including my husband, and my customers.” While her reaction was not positive, she gave me the stink eye, I’m hoping that if she thought about it later in the day and that she might have changed her closed minded thinking.

After that encounter a fascinating National Geographic article crossed my path about the feel good hormone, Oxytocin, which increases significantly when someone gives birth and takes the newborn into her arms and gazes at her child. The article goes on to tell us that a grandmother will get a similar Oxytocin increase when she sees her grandchild for the first time. And just as exciting, men are absolutely capable of this hormone being released, it takes them a bit longer but it’s a comparable rise as well. Also fascinating is that transgender people in various stages of their transition will get the same increase of Oxytocin with their babies. These numbers were gathered when tests were done before and after contact with the baby was made.

This had me wondering – does the Oxytocin hormone increase in us when we hold or look into the eyes of our cats or other animals? I consulted with good old Dr. Google and found articles about what happens to us when we gaze into the eyes of an animal, any animal, and yes, Oxytocin kicks in when we gaze into the eyes of a cat just as it does for a woman who’s given birth! I know you are thinking “Of course, I could have told you that!” but now we know that it’s not just us crazy cat ladies and crazy cat gents who think so, science confirms it – it’s for real! Our cats give us the Oxytocin feel good hormone, and anything that feels good is healthy and live extending, and we are all about that!

Curious to learn more I went to Professor Google to ask if animals release Oxytocin. I found more articles telling me that yes, they do. The Atlantic says: “That animals of different species induce oxytocin release in each other suggests that they, like us, may be capable of love. It is quite possible that Fido and Boots may feel the same way about you as you do about them. You can even call it love.” You can read the entire article, written by a scientist who is also a cat person!https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/04/does-your-dog-or-cat-actually-love-you/360784/

Here’s the National Geographic article that inspired this newsletter:http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/science/is-maternal-instinct-only-for-mums-heres-the-science.aspx

Read more about Oxytocin here:http://www.yourhormones.info/hormones/oxytocin/ and here: http://www.apa.org/monitor/feb08/oxytocin.aspx

If you like videos here’s one about Oxytocin that has equal amounts of science and sarcastic humor, and it’s done in a very 1960’s television news style!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acka4SopuAY

One of our favorite customers, The Gettysburg Cat Mom, had this to say:

“I can certainly relate to the feelings we experience when we gaze into our cats’ eyes! Especially my lovely long-haired, blue-eyed beauty. She is superb at looking directly into my eyes without blinking and it is indeed totally relaxing and rejuvenating, the same feeling I get after a really good Qigong session. No words or sounds are necessary, because we’re communicating on a totally different level. Our animals are so much more in touch with the energy in our world that surrounds us. We humans can learn so much from them!”

 

COMMENTS FROM LOVINMYPUP.COM:

I loved this article which explores the release of oxytocin in human females and , eventually. human males when they look into the eyes of their feline babies.   It has been documented that this hormone is released when you lovingly look at your cat. This article also has links to other articles,  as well as one that investigates whether or not your cat has the same loving hormonal release as the pet parent.   A very interesting topic and an excellent article.

Make sure that you check out the other affiliate links on this site.   There are both the traditional pet stores such as Petco and 1-800 Pet Meds  as well as SurpriseMy Pet.com  ( monthly subscription boxes). AnimalDen.com   (gifts for animal lovers)  OnlyNaturalPets.com  ( all natural products) and much much more!   Also note that Amazon and Walmart are sites that you can purchase anything that they sell.  .You can read the articles and place your orders on the same site.

AND REMEMBER TO SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH YOUR FUR BABY EACH AND EVERY DAY!    KEEP COMING BACK FOR MORE !    NEW ARTICLES POSTED DAILY!

Lovinmypup.com is also looking into restarting the program of featuring your  pets on line.  No decision has been made as to the location of this feature.  It may be on this site or on a seperate blog site.   More information will follow as decisions are made,  Keep coming back for more information and future updates.

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