Cats do not cause mental illness, new study says

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People who grow up with cats in the home are no more likely than anyone else to have problems.

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Problems with mental illness, that is.

Results of research by British scientists who conducted the study were released Tuesday.

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It had previously been thought that owning a cat could cause psychiatric problems, with felines the primary host of the common parasite Toxoplasma Gondii (T. Gondii),which has been linked to disorders such as schizophrenia -- but this new study debunks that myth.

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The new study was significantly more reliable than previous research in this area since the team looked at families who were followed up regularly for almost 20 years.

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Something for feline owners everywhere to celebrate!

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