As a cat owner, I've been subject to many jokes. It wasn't always like that, though. As a kid, when I had my first cat, Whiskers, everyone thought it was cute. I was also praised a lot because having a pet taught me some responsibility. I had to feed and clean up after another living creature. I just liked having a furry companion who I could pet and cuddle with at night.

It all changed as soon as I got older. I'm single and with cats. Yes, I have more than one now, I have five! If I were to put that on my dating profile bio or upload a picture of me with my cat, guys would run. There's this notion that women with cats are crazy or something, or extremely lonely left to die with nothing but our cats. But now, scientists have proven that that is completely false!

In a study conducted by the University of California in Los Angeles, scientists found that despite the fact that cats and cat owners are regularly ascribed negative personality traits, scientists "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." In conclusion, scientists determined that their findings "do not fit with the notion of cat owners as more depressed, anxious and alone."

So, ha! Thank you scientists, my cats and I thank you. Cats are great pets! The fact that this study had to even be conducted is absurd. I could have told you that cat owners are no more depressed or anxious or even lonely, just by observing my life! I'm a cat lady, a fun cat lady!

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