The cats vs. dogs debate has been around for hundreds of years, sides get taken, and things get personal. Ever wonder if there is any truth or reason behind the affection you pet gives you? Brookside Barkery & Bath discovered a new study done by researchers for a BBC documentary, “Cats vs. Dogs,” has concluded there’s five times more love generated in a dog when it sees its owner than a cat.
Our love is chemical, say scientists, so that’s how they measured it. When dogs see their owners, they feel oxytocin, a hormone that stimulates pleasure in our brain and helps us bond with our offspring.
Researchers tested pets for the “love hormone” before and after they saw their owners. Ten cats and ten dogs were swabbed for saliva, then played with their owners for 10 minutes. After, the saliva was tested again. While the oxytocin levels were elevated in both animals, dogs showed an increase of 57.2 percent of the hormone compared to 12 percent in the cats. (One dog’s hormone actually went up 500 percent!)
“I was really surprised to discover that dogs produced such high levels of oxytocin,” neuroscientist Dr. Paul Zak, who worked with the documentary’s results, said. “It was also a nice surprise to discover that cats produce any at all. At least some of the time, cats seem to bond with their owners.”
Whether you are on Team Dog or Team Cat, we can all agree that our pets enrich our lives in many ways. Brookside Barkery & Bath is the first to agree with the joy animals can bring to our lives! No favor is paid to one side or the other at Brookside Barkery & Bath, making it the PURR-fect place to pick up everything your pets need! Stop by either of our Kansas City locations in Brookside or Lee’s Summit and be sure to bring in your own beloved pooch for expert grooming – and go ahead and show the house kitty some love to by picking up some new cat treats for Nibbles while you’re at it!