Monday, August 26, 2019


by Mary Kennedy                                         

This will come as no surprise to cat lovers, but the "crazy cat lady" notion is a myth! Yes, a big fat hoax that has its roots in the 19th century and somehow has persisted to this day. In some quarters, that is. Real cat lovers (and their cats) know it's not true. 

My cats were shocked at the very idea. Damian (above) says he can't get his head around the idea and Calpurnia (pictured below) looks equally disturbed by the thought.

The cats all had a good laugh about it, in fact, and wonder how the idea even started. No one talks about "crazy dog lovers" for example. A good point, raised by Fur Face. In fact, the idea was so upsetting, she had to immediately lie down and take a nap!

Here's some good news. A new study says cat people are no more unstable than other pet owners.  Hah! We knew this, Oscar says. (and if he had more energy, he'd jump right up and make an impassioned speech about it.)

A team of researchers looked at more than 500 pet owners and determined there’s nothing to back up the idea of a “crazy cat lady,” according to the study, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science. 

“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," the study’s authors wrote.
How did this start?  An article in the New York Times in 1872 described a link between "cats and craziness."   The very idea jolted Oscar out of his nap and he reminded me that 1872 was a LONG time ago and not to pay any attention to such a silly idea.            

We all know the positive advantages of having these delightful creatures share our lives with us. How richer we are because of them! But at last the facts are in: we're not crazy!

By Mary Kennedy

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