Many wonder if cats feel love, but cat lovers already know the truth
Do cats feel love?
Of course they do. Just don’t tell anyone! Cats have a reputation for being cold overlords, after all, and they worked hard to make them. But when you get hit by a cat, you know the hidden truth.
Cats definitely feel love. All the pebbles, slow blinking and purring hugs undoubtedly prove the cat’s love! And for those who don’t believe it, a scientific study has the data to support the claim.
So the secret could simply be out. Cats aren’t the distant and distant beings many believe they are. Kittens are actually cuddly little bugs who love their people as much as we love them.
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In the BBC2 documentary Cats v. Dogs: Which is Best? The moderators Chris Packham and Liz Bonnin examined the age-old question about cats or dogs and examined whether cats or dogs feel more love for their people.
But how do you measure love?
Like humans, cats and dogs also produce oxytocin, also known as the “love hormone”.
“We have pretty good evidence that dogs actually love their humans,” said Dr. Paul Zak, the neuroscientist behind the love study. “Some small studies have shown that humans and their dogs release oxytocin when owners interact with their dogs.”
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With this knowledge, Dr. Zak find out how much oxytocin cats and dogs produce when it comes to their humans.
To conduct the study, Dr. Zak twice the oxytocin levels in the saliva of 10 dogs and 10 cats. The first sample was taken 10 minutes prior to pet parent-animal play. A second sample of saliva was taken as soon as the game time was over.
So how did the furry result?
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As a baseline, Dr. Zak: “When we see our spouse or our child, the levels in our bloodstream usually increase by 40 to 60 percent.”
Cats showed a 12% increase in oxytocin after playing with their human.
Canine oxytocin levels increased 57.2%.
While dogs seem to love people more than cats, Dr. Zac, it was “a nice surprise to discover that cats produce some at all”.
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This was the first time anyone had looked at oxytocin levels in cats, but the study found that “cats appear to be in contact with their owners, at least at times”.
But as we know, comparing cats and dogs is like comparing apples and oranges. Everyone has their own charm, and it is better to love them only for their many differences. Including the cat, their love must be kept under wraps!
Sorry kittens, your humans have run out of secrets. We say everyone that you love us!
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H / T: www.cuteness.com
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