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“Crazy cat lady” stereotype is a lack of evidence, study finds

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It appears that the dogs are just as sensitive to their pets ‘ needs, as the proverbial “crazy cat ladies,” we’re always hearing so much about it.

In fact, a study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, it seems, to debunk the idea of the “crazy cat lady” – all in all, it is not only because of the dog, and the owners are also attentive to the sounds of their dying pets, but also because cat owners do not show signs of a more anxious, emotional or depressed than their dog-loving counterparts.

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The researchers, from UCLA, in the first instance, assumed that the cat owners would be more emotional, or to be suffering from more anxiety and depression than the other groups, they have been observed, including dog owners and people with no pets at all. Based on the examination of the results of study 511 participants (a total of 264 property, pets, 297 is not), the hypothesis didn’t hold up.

“We couldn’t find any differences, between cat owners and other participants in the self-reported measures of anxiety, depression, and experiences of relationships,” the study explains.

“We couldn’t find any differences, between cat owners and other participants in the self-report measures of anxiety, depression, and experiences of relationships,” the study explains.
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The owners of the pets, in general, did appear to sympathize more with the dogs and cats at the animal meows, and whimpers, as she focused on the sounds “sadder” than people who are not already in the possession of domestic animals.

Interestingly enough, the sound of a howling dog will be rated as significantly sadder” than the meow of a cat.

“We have found no evidence in support of the “cat lady” stereotype,” wrote the authors of the study, which traces the trope from as far back as 1872, when The New York Times published an article called “Cats and Craziness.”

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“Cat owners do not differ from others on self-reported symptoms of depression, anxiety, or the experience of close relationships.”

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