For many of us females who are extreme fans of felines, we wear our “crazy cat lady” badges proudly. I know that for myself, the opinions of others doesn’t matter much to me. And I especially don’t care if someone doesn’t like cats, I’m crazy about them and I am not about to let them bring me down! For decades, the stigma surrounding the crazy cat lady stereotype has been one fueled by the masses.
Crazy cat lady memes have long since been a trend on the internet and social media…
Sure, dog people can be “crazy” too, but many often times people associate a crazy cat lady as a woman who is mentally unstable, usually disheveled, unmarried, and a cat hoarder. But such is not the case, as we crazy cat ladies know. I love cats, probably more than anyone I know, and I’d like to think I’m far from the unfair picture that’s painted about crazy cat ladies given that I’m married, have three young kids, and happen to love all animals. But obviously cats most of all!
But a recent finding out of UCLA tells us that we crazy cat ladies are not in fact crazy at all. And even defends us to others who try and give us a bad rap:
“We found no evidence to support the ‘cat lady’ stereotype: cat-owners did not differ from others on self-reported symptoms of depression, anxiety or their experiences in close relationships. Our findings, therefore, do not fit with the notion of cat-owners as more depressed, anxious or alone.”
Being a crazy cat lady is clearly nothing new…
The research was published in the Royal Society Open Science journal, and to gather their data they analyzed over 500 pet owners. Polling both the crazy cat lady and the crazy dog lady alike.
We know that people who are partial to cats can be more reserved and less social than say a dog person, but it’s nice to know that science can dispel the stereotype surrounding us cat ladies. In a 2017 study, we learned that there was no link to cats making their owners crazy by way of possible toxoplasmosis transfer.
In that study, researchers shared with the world that: “Many people own cats, and it’s reassuring that our findings suggest that cat ownership is not associated with an increased risk of mental illness, as previously suggested.”
Most importantly, the UCLA study revealed that we are just as equally susceptible to developing/managing mental health conditions as dog people are. So, I guess at the end of the day, we’re all a little crazy after all. And if being crazy about my cats labels me a nut, well then that’s purrfectly alright with me!
Share this story with any other crazy cat lady that you know. And if anyone ever tries to tell you that you’re a super crazy cat lady, quickly remind them that you’re no crazier than them—and that’s a fact backed by science!
Story written in conjunction with Cattitude Daily