Cats Do Not Cause Mental Illness


There are those who think cats are like potato chips – you can’t have just one.  The problem with cats is the fact that they have a litter box.  Aside from being a total pain, cats can sometimes harbor a very dangerous bacteria, Toxoplasma Gondii (T. Gondii).  One major study reported that the bacteria could cause serious mental illness in children.

“…“The message for cat owners is clear: there is no evidence that cats pose a risk to children’s mental health,” Dr. Francesca Solmi, the study’s lead author, said in a news release. “In our study, initial unadjusted analyses suggested a small link between cat ownership and psychotic symptoms at age 13, but this turned out to be due to other factors.”

The research, which was published in Psychological Medicine, focused on nearly 5,000 people born in 1991 or 1992 who were followed up with until the age of 18. The data considered included whether the household had cats while the mother was pregnant and when the children were growing up.

“Once we controlled for factors such as household over-crowding and socioeconomic status, the data showed that cats were not to blame,” Solmi said. “Previous studies reporting links between cat ownership and psychosis simply failed to adequately control for other possible explanations.”

The news release said the newest findings are considered more reliable than previous studies due to the size and duration. It also cautioned that T. Gondii still poses a significant risk to pregnant women and a developing fetus….”

In all honesty, a person needs to be crazy to become almost hysterical about moving their cats, the way I was last week.  I may have been acting nuts, but technically I wasn’t.  So far, so good.  We’re monitoring one of the kitties, but Bubbles and Baby have made the move, quite well.  Hoss is surfacing and Madam feels right at home.  Bubbles now controls her new home.