Cats are not a threat to mental health
Cat owners of the world can rest assured knowing that there is no link between their attachment to their feline friend and psychosis.
The results from a University College London study cast doubt on previous suggestions that people who grow up with cats are at higher risk of mental illness.
At least three earlier studies showed that cat ownership might contribute to psychosis, because cats are the primary host of the common parasite Toxoplasma gondii, itself linked to schizophrenia.
However, the latest work, published in Psychological Medicine, concludes that owning a cat in pregnancy and