Early reports once suggested that the parasite Toxoplasma Gondii (T. Gondii), commonly found in cat poop, is linked to mental health problems such as schizophrenia. Based on this fact, doctors urged pregnant women and small children to stay away from cats in case the parasite infected them and made them go crazy.

Now studies 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. So if you own a cat and people think you’re crazy, it’s because you probably are, but at least you cat had nothing to do with driving  you crazy except for waking you up at night, clawing your furniture, and bossing you around as if you were its servant for life.

To read more about how cats don’t pose a threat to mental health, at least through parasites, click here.

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