Dog Owners Finally Triumph Over Cat People
Both dog lovers and cat people have always been bent on showing the other group that their pet of choice is better, cuter and more devoted. Now, it seems the long and exhausting argument has come to an end, as science has proved that felines don’t care about humans nearly as much as canines do.
Though it may be disappointing for cat people, it just looks like our feline friends aren’t all that loyal to their humans.
So, how did science come to this conclusion?
As part of a new BBC2 documentary called ‘Cats v. Dogs,’’ hosted by famous animal experts Chris Packham and Liz Bonnin, a neuroscientist was determined to figure out which of our beloved furry pets is likely to love us more.
It was previously known that dogs release the love hormone oxytocin whenever they interact with their owner. However, the same test has never been carried out on our feline friends – until now.
Dr. Paul Zak, who conducted the research, said that science already has substantial evidence that dogs really love their owners.
Here’s what he said:
‘’A couple of small-scale studies have shown that when owners interact with their dogs, the human and their dog appear to release oxytocin. It’s one of the chemical measures of love in mammals.’’
Namely, oxytocin is released in our brains when we love someone. For instance, when we see someone we care about, the levels of the love hormone in our blood rise by 40-60 per cent. What Dr. Zak wanted to know is how much oxytocin cats and dogs produce after playing with their humans. He conducted the test by taking saliva samples from 10 felines and 10 canines on two separate occasions: 10 minutes before playtime and immediately after.
Unfortunately for cat people, the level of oxytocin in cats increased only by 12 percent. As far as dogs are concerned, the love hormone increased by 57 percent, which indicates that canines love their humans almost five times more than felines.
Here’s what Dr. Zak concluded:
“I was really surprised to discover that dogs produced such high levels of oxytocin… the dog level of 57.2 per cent is a very powerful response. It shows these dogs really care about their owners. 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.”