On HealthNewsReview.org, Alan Cassels reviews news stories that fawn over the “magical” psychological and physical health benefits of having cats as pets. He then admits that he doesn’t really mind the poor quality of the underlying evidence — because he loves cats, too.
Cassels conversely notes doubtfully that, “There’s also the possibility — apparently taken seriously in some scientific circles — that cat microbes are making you crazy and killing more than a million people each year!”
For the purposes of full disclosure, Cassels includes a picture of himself cuddling his cat.
Unsupportable ‘cat therapy’ stories score high on cuteness but low on quality, even though many of us probably don’t care…(and have never heard of the word zoonoses) (HealthNewsReview.org, April 24, 2015)