Most everyone has a favourite when it comes to the world’s two most popular pets: you’re a cat person or you’re a dog person. There’s no problem with loving both, but each species has its own unique charms and characteristics that usually cause people to pick a side. Dogs have always had the reputation of being more lovable and loving, while cats are known for being more aloof, but also offering their own form of addictive affection. It seems like science has an answer for most everything and now a neuroscientist may have an answer to the question of whether one is more in love with their humans than the other.
Known as the “love hormone,” oxytocin is a hormone that acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain and regulates such processes as social interaction, sexual reproduction, and bonding. Levels in the body increase dramatically during sex, birth, and breastfeeding.
Science has already determined that when humans and their dogs interact, both release levels of oxytocin. However, this particular test had reportedly never been performed with felines, so a group of dog and cat owners were asked to play with their pet and the animals were then given a saliva test.
The results confirmed that dogs do indeed love their humans as their oxytocin levels increased an average of 57.2 percent. Cats, meanwhile, demonstrated a rise of 12 percent. So it appears that dogs do have a greater affinity for their humans, though those who feel that cats have no affection for people at all will have to alter that stance.
What is your experience? Have you had both cats and dogs in your life? Was one species more affectionate and loving in your estimation? I find it a tough question to answer as both my cats and my dogs have changed my life in wonderful ways.