Affection

I pet the cat. Petting animals can relieve stress, and help prevent anxiety-related health issues. My blood pressure is lowered. My heart rate is lowered. The physical contact produces oxytocin, which reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The cat likes it too. He purrs. His heart rate lowers, his blood pressure lowers. He curls up and goes to sleep. I go to sleep. It's nap time. Naps are fun. I like naps. That's what I tell my boss when she finds me taking one underneath my desk. Naps are crucial to a productive day, I say. Incredibly crucial. Especially if the nap spot is sunny. A cat taught me that lesson, I say. A special cat.