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

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!”

 
 
 
 

How to use words to change your cat’s behavior.

Words, powerful and important – words. We say them. We think them. Science, religious leaders, philosophers, and metaphysicians have proven that words and phrases can imprint themselves on our brains, cells, and bodies and affect them in both positive and negative ways. This extends to other people and animals who hear our words or to whom our thoughts are directed. Ponder this a bit before reading more – your words and thoughts are powerful for both good and not so good.

Water is particularly sensitive to imprinting, interestingly even lifeless fluids like soda can be influenced by spoken words and thoughts which can have those thoughts and wishes imprinted upon them. Imprinting can also affect foods with a high water content like lettuce or canned cat food. And guess what? People and cats being mostly water we are all sponges for words and thoughts! Note: the exception to flowery speech is when you need to be completely honest with your veterinarian! What I’m talking about day-to-day thoughts and speech which can reinforce bad behaviors, disease or illness, and keep anyone from changing for the better.

When we speak of or think about our cats it’s best to avoid phrases such as:

  • “My cat is a monster from H*ll.”
  • “My cats hate each other.”
  • My cats spray and now my house stinks.”
  • “All those cats do is fight.”
  • “My cats are awful.”

Words that are better would be:

  • “I have wonderful cats.”
  • “My cats are friends.”
  • “My cats know they are loved.”
  • “My cats have great behavior.”
  • “We live together in harmony and with mutual understanding.”

I’ll prove that such upbeat and positive language isn’t new to you! Haven’t you already said to a cat “You are a good boy” or “You are a good girl” even if they might not always be? By using the right words, you are saying that something already is a fact or reality. It’s encouraging for all parties involved, these words are easy for the body and mind to grasp. When we make a wish, like “I wish my cats my cats to get along” the words are vague and imply that it may never happen. Instead say: “My cats are getting along!” “My cats are responding well to the flower essences.” These say it’s reality and not a day dream!

Here are a few phrases you can easily use when holding our bottles of flower essence formulas or Convivial House Cat. It only takes a few seconds to think them or say them aloud.

  • “My cats are friends, love, love, love.”
  • “My cats love their litter boxes.”
  • “My cats feel secure and know they are loved.”
  • “My cats are calm, serene and peaceful.”
  • “My new cat is loving living in our home.”
  • “My cat’s body is functioning perfectly, good health abounds”

Did you slip and say or think something not very nice? Don’t worry, when we bottle we set an unbreakable intention of protection from outside influences. But for backup don’t hesitate to hold the bottle and recite bottle’s purpose and say “this bottle is free and clear of any outside influences including my own. it is now and will remain pure to do for my cats what it was intended to do.”

Before we tell you about this week’s sale, another habit to change is verbally taking ownership or assigning ownership of disease. What I mean by that is don’t say: “I’m a Diabetic” as it sounds like you’ve joined a club you want to remain a member of. Instead say” I’ve got Diabetes” which implies that it’s something that can/will go away with the right intentions and modalities. The same with your cat. Don’t say ”Fluffy’s Cancer” because sounds like a cherished possession, instead say “Fluffy has Cancer” which says that it can/will be temporary and go away.

Does all of this positivity seem daunting or something difficult to maintain? With today’s determination and effort, tomorrow will be easier and better which is what matters. Remember this old expression: Fake it till you make it!