The crazy cat lady stereotype
We all recognise the crazy cat lady. She lives alone in her home smelling of kitty litter, with no company apart from her thousands of felines. The iconic image portrays a single, lonely woman, close to middle age or even older. This weird concept usually related to females and their single status, whereas males as single bachelors are often classed as powerhouses. The crazy cat lady implies that once a woman reaches a certain age and isn’t in a relationship, that there must be something not quite right.
Negative stereotypes are outdated
A recent survey carried out by University of California, Los Angeles and published by the Royal Society, questioned 561 people to learn what they think about cat owners and their cats. The research found nothing to support the age-old “crazy cat lady” stereotype and proves that owning lots of felines doesn’t necessarily mean that your anxious, sad or even mad!
The research team at UCLA compared animal ownership with social and mental health-related issues and how people reacted to distress calls from pets. Pet owners appear to have a greater sensitivity. Their results did not prove the notion that cat owners are any more disproportionately anxious, alone or depressed than those with no pets at all.
Cat owners are just as normal as dog people
According to the academics, there is no such stigma attached to owning a dog. Having a canine is often viewed as beneficial in motivating their owners to get outside doing physical activities and as being a healthy choice. The conclusion of the report backs a further study carried out in 2017 that reported no link between the development of psychotic symptoms and cat ownership.
Thank goodness that the stereotype of the crazy, weird cat person is being set straight. This is certainly a new era for independent and authentic cat ladies and their fashionable feline friends.