Natural Mood Enchancers
Your brain even benefits from being a cat owner. When you spend time with your cat, your brain releases a variety of "feel-good" chemicals that include oxytocin (feeling of love), serotonin (reduces stress and anxiety, makes you feel relaxed and happy, stabilizes your immune system) and dopamine ( motivation, motor control, regulates sleep). In addition, a hormone associated with stress, cortisol is lowered. Cats not only bring joy and happiness into our lives, but they serve as mighty protectors to us in immeasurable, life-saving ways.