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Cat ownership not linked to mental health problems

Cat ownership not linked to mental health problems Cats Don't Cause Mental Illness, Study Finds
Sammy Stanley | 23 February, 2017, 00:25

A study in 2016 from the University of Chicago highlighted a possible connection between angry outbursts in people and the Toxoplasma Gondii parasite that is commonly found in cats.

But in pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems, the disease could cause serious health problems, including damage to the brain, eyes and other organs. Thus, cat people can finally catch a break. They followed up with the children through their 18th birthday. That said, data from our study suggests that owning a cat during pregnancy or in early childhood does not pose a direct risk for offspring having psychotic symptoms later in life. This included information about whether the kids grew up with cats, or whether there were cats around when the mother was pregnant.

Four years ago a study by the University of MI, based on data from a million people, found that more than 40 per cent who had suffered a cat bite went on to suffer from depression, although authors suggested possible reasons other than the parasite, such as that lonely people are more likely to have both a cat and symptoms of depression. Once we controlled for factors such as household over-crowding and socioeconomic status, the data showed that cats were not to blame.

However, other experts believe that adjusting for other possible explanations may eliminate the cause of the exposure itself. Dr. Francesca Solmi of University College London, who led the study, released a statement on Tuesday presenting her team's findings. "However, there is good evidence that Toxoplasma gondii exposure during pregnancy can lead to serious birth defects and other health problems in children".

"As such, we recommend that pregnant women should continue to follow advice not to handle soiled cat litter in case it contains T. gondii", said Kirkbride, who is also with UCL Psychiatry.

However, a new study published in the journal, Psychological Medicine, suggests that owning a cat during in pregnancy and childhood does not play a role in developing psychotic symptoms during adolescence.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) lists several occupations that may be at risk for contracting the parasite.

Initially, the researchers did find a link between cat ownership at ages 4 and 10 and symptoms of psychosis at age 13, but this link went away once the researchers took into account other factors that could influence the results, such as the family's social class, the number of times the family moved before the child was 4 years old and the age of the child's parents. He warns that any loose soil can easily be contaminated by neighborhood cats.

It's reassuring, considering that many people own and care for their cats.

She suggests that future studies look at replicating this research study to add more evidence.

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