Looking at Cute Cats Triggers Changes in the Brain That Lower Stress, Say Scientists

There are few things more delightful than observing cute cats and fluffy kittens. These feline companions offer entertainment and comfort. Even if you’re not really a cat person, there’s no denying that these four-legged furballs are pretty adorable. But, where does their charm come from?

Cute Cats Improve Human Health

According to a study published in Frontiers in Psychology, researchers found that the faces of cats have a similar effect on humans as the faces of babies.

Observing Cute Cats Triggers Brain Changes and Makes Humans Happy
Cute Cats Improve Human Health

Interestingly, their faces trigger the brain to produce more oxytocin, which is also known as the “love hormone.”

Cats Resemble Human Babies

Oxytocin regulates emotional responses that enhance happiness, trust, and openness toward others.

The specific features of a cat’s face resemble those of an infant’s — a rounded face with large eyes, and a petite nose and mouth. These characteristics engage the nurturing and protective instincts of humans.


In addition to their endearing appearance, their behavior holds a lot of meaning. Cats are known for rubbing around their owner’s ankles when they’re hungry, but many cats will randomly headbutt their humans. These head butts carry profound meaning. Headbutting signifies an act of claiming their owners and marking them with their scent. This gesture represents affection, trust, and bonding. Adult cats may also knead their paws when they’re content.

Over thousands of years of living alongside humans, cats have recognized that humans respond to their meows. These sounds, somewhat reminiscent of a baby’s cry, are strategically utilized to capture human attention and affection. The act of cuddling with adorable cats contributes to improved health and well-being. In fact, petting a cat can release serotonin and dopamine, commonly known as the feel-good hormone. Remarkably, even the sound of a cat’s purring possesses potential healing properties due to a frequency that promotes tissue regeneration.

Jennifer Lopez Showed Her Support for Britney Spears on Instagram

Lately, Britney Spears has been getting attacks from her ex regarding her parenting skills. She shares two sons with Kevin Federline — Sean Preston and Jayden James. After Britney shared about the situation, her old friend, Jennifer Lopez, shared a message of support on her Instagram stories.

Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez’s Instagram Story

Jennifer Lopez shared Britney’s post and wrote “Stay strong.” Britney’s post, which was later deleted, included a picture of them both from the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards. In the Instagram post, Britney wrote about her experience with her ex, Kevin Federline. She talks about how in today’s world you are free to use your feet, heart, mouth, eyes, and body however you want and express yourself the way you prefer. She then went on to quote Jennifer who once said that you should look into the camera and tell every little girl to get loud and never back down when it comes to giving light to justice. Jennifer Lopez commented on the original post with three heart emojis.

More of the Story

The two sons of Britney Spears and Kevin Federline, who are now 15 and 16, have not seen their mother much. In an interview, Federline said that the kids decided on their own not to attend her wedding with Sam Asghari and to not see her. He then shared some private clips of the singer with their sons, which he deleted after. In the clips, the kids were just 11 and 12, and Britney’s attorney said this is a violation of family privacy.

The story is yet to unfold more. For now, what we know is that Britney is having a hard time with her ex and her children but she has the support of other women and mothers like Jennifer Lopez.