Don’t become the crazy cat lady!

She makes appearances on The Simpsons, and she’s the joke people make when they’re tired of being single: “Maybe I should buy some cats?” But there’s actually some truth to the Crazy Cat Lady centos 톰캣 다운로드!

By now, you probably know that cats often carry a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) in their faeces, and it’s an unpleasant parasite. Linked to horrible things like foetal development disorders and miscarriage; T.gondii is the reason pregnant women are advised not to change the litter in kitty’s tray. But there’s a new twist: this parasite might really be linked several psychiatric disorders and mental illnesses.

What makes the cat lady crazy?

Two past studies that examined the link between cat ownership and schizophrenia were compared to mental health data from 1982, leading to some interesting results: cat exposure in childhood could play a role in mental illness. Another recent study out of the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam found that someone infected with T. gondii was twice as likely to develop schizophrenia as those who did not have the parasite.

Here’s what three different studies found:

  • In one study, 50.6% of people who developed schizophrenia owned a cat in childhood, with two smaller studies showing a 50.9% and 51.9% finding.
  • Some 1.1 percent of the population has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, while 30-37% of American households have a cat, according to the ASPCA.

The research doesn’t show a cause, only a link – which means that simply owning a cat is not a ticket to mental illness. The researchers believe that T. gondii gets into the brain and forms tiny cysts which get activated in late adolescence and cause disease.

Apart from that, T.gondii is also starting to look like the villain from a dark sci-fi thriller: causing strange behavioural changes.

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Mind-altering stuff

Being infected with T.gondii is truly worse for rodents like rat and mice: infection with T. gondii can alter the behaviour of mice and rats in ways that make them easier prey. Studies show that uninfected mice and rats will generally avoid areas marked with cat urine or with cat body odour, but infected rodents actually show a stronger preference to cat odours! Talk about mind-control.

How can I keep the cat, but avoid the parasite?

There are a few ways to get invaded by T.gondii, and your cat is only one of them. Here’s how to stay parasite-free:

  • Don’t eat raw or partly cooked meat – especially pork, lamb, or venison, as they can contain Toxoplasma cysts. The same goes for undercooked meat, or from using utensils, or cutting boards contaminated by raw meat. Use specific boards and wash everything, including your hands, after use.
  • Thoroughly wash fruits or vegetables that have been in contact with contaminated soil containing infected cat faeces – just wash all the fruit and vegetables, as you don’t know where they have been.
  • Avoid ingesting contaminated cat faeces! Yes, this can actually happen without you knowing it. How? Through hand-to-mouth contact after gardening, cleaning your cat’s litter box, or contact with children’s sandpits. Even if you don’t have a cat, the parasite can survive in the environment for over a year.

So, since the jury is still out on the link between cats and mental illness, you don’t need to panic. If you keep Tiddles, just make sure to wash your hands, your fruit and your chopping boards.

Joanne Hart for HelloDoctor.com

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/11/cats-schizophrenia-cat-owners-mental-illness_n_7538240.html

http://www.medicaldaily.com/toxoplasma-gondii-parasite-cat-feces-linked-schizophrenia-and-other-mental-illness-337030