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Having A Cat Does Not Cause Mental Illness, New Study Suggests

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    Having A Cat Does Not Cause Mental Illness, New Study Suggests


    Living with a cat during childhood does not cause mental illness later in life, a new study from University College London suggests, disputing earlier studies that caused alarm by linking cats to human mental illness.

    “We found that children who were born and raised in households that included cats at any time period – that is, pregnancy, early and late childhood – were not at a higher risk of having psychotic symptoms when they were 13 or 18 years old,” researchers wrote in The Conversation. The study was published in the journal Psychological Medicine on Wednesday.

    The researchers used data from 5,000 children who took part in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, which tracks the health of people born in 1991 and 1992

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  • em77 (2507 posts)
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    1. I didn't need a study for this.

  • Mom Cat (8696 posts)
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    2. Not true! My cat is driving me crazy! I wish he would learn to type or stop

    trying!      :evilgrin:

         NEVER FORGET      BERNIE WON!          
    • Rocky (650 posts)
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      5. I get it…..


  • NV Wino (3608 posts)
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    3. Good god. People get paid for this shit?

    • Jan Boehmermann (3556 posts)
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      4. A nice gig….. if you can get it!

  • HassleCat (927 posts)
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    6. My cat tried to make me crazy.

    When I operated my ham radio, the cat would lie on top of it, where it was warm.  He discovered he could make the digits of the frequency display by reaching down and tapping the tuning dial.  I could lock the dialnin place, but that made him complain and tap me on the hand until I relented and let him play with the radio.

    • Mom Cat (8696 posts)
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      7. Don't let that cat anywhere near mine. He has enough crazy making

      habbits as it is!

           NEVER FORGET      BERNIE WON!