Happy #internationalcatday cat lovers! #DYK Spending time with pets releases oxytocin in your brain? Oxytocin is often referred to as the “love hormone” or the “cuddle chemical.” Hugging and cuddling are examples of behaviors that can release the feel-good hormone. Petting a cat has the same effect. Oxytocin has been shown to contribute to relaxation, trust, and stable mental health. It’s also been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. All in all, oxytocin just makes you feel good!