Studies show that owning a dog can be beneficial to your mental health, but similar studies show that cats can actually be detrimental to your mental health. Dutch researchers found that elderly cat owners were more likely to use mental health services and less likely to get regular exercise than elderly people without pets. Another study found that cat owners were less likely to die from cardiovascular disease but another study reported that cat owners with heart conditions had higher death and hospital readmission rates than non-cat owners.
So are cats good for you or not? Another study showed that children with cats were nearly three times more likely than children without cats to have been diagnosed with a mental health problem, and cat-owning kids had significantly more attention problems.
If you think your cat is driving you crazy, you could be right. Perhaps cats are slowly taking over the minds of humans, but considering the weak intellect of many people, this might actually be an improvement.