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New study suggests having a pet cat increases the risk of schizophrenia - experts say it could be due to toxic parasites that pets carry

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  • Owning a cat is linked to double the risk of developing schizophrenia
  • However, other researchers have called for better-quality studies

Could owning a cat double your risk of schizophrenia?

That's the conclusion of a new review of 17 studies by researchers from the University of Queensland, Australia.

The team conducted a meta-analysis of existing research from 11 countries, including the US and UK, published over the last 44 years.

New study suggests having a pet cat increases the risk of schizophrenia - experts say it could be due to toxic parasites that pets carry | Daily Mail Online

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