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Is Your Cat Making You Crazy?

As scary as this all sounds, though, it’s important to keep in mind a few facts about Toxoplasma in house cats:

  • Toxoplasma is only carried by outdoor cats – indoor cats are not at issue here!
  • The parasite is only shed by outdoor cats for 3 weeks of their entire lives. It’s generally when the cat is young and new to hunting.
  • During that time in your cat’s life, you can thwart Toxoplasma by keeping a clean house and thoroughly washing fruits and vegetables.
  • Most people with Toxoplasma in their bodies will not suffer any ill effects
  • Moreover, if a person does experience personality changes, they will most likely be too subtle to notice.

In the end, perhaps Stanford University neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky says it best, “this mostly falls into the ‘Get a load of this, can you believe what nature has come up with?’ category.”

What do you think about Flegr’s work? Are you concerned about Toxoplasma? Do you think it’s just junk science? Leave you opinions in the comments below!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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12:50PM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

Cats are Lovely! Thanks for sharing.

2:40PM PST on Dec 4, 2012

thank you! I´ve been a cat lady since I was a little girl!

8:20AM PDT on Apr 9, 2012

Judging by the photo accompanying this article, it's the human making the cat crazy. That is one incredibly pissed-off cat!

Nice that the article doesn't bother to say whether the alleged problems are caused by physical contact or due to airborne particles...

10:14PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

Well, I won't swear my sanity was highly rated to start with, but moral of the story is 'keep your cats inside'.

2:49PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Yup, it's the cat making me crazy. Obviously. It's the cat. Couldn't possibly be anything else. I totally blame the cat.

5:55AM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

All our cats are inside cats, so I don't have to worry.

1:35PM PST on Mar 10, 2012

Never. He is too darned lazy!

11:15AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

very sad how inaccurate this article is. any vet can give you much better information. I guess care2 is going for ratings today?

3:49AM PST on Feb 25, 2012

Very surprised at the lack of responsability in the information portrayed in thsi article.
Is Care2's basic concern getting a polemics even if by using things that are biased ?
Of course you can get some infections etc from your pets, just as they can get them from you, and in the mentioned cases, many can be prevented if the owner takes good care of his/her cat.

There is no cat as dangerous as any human being, even comparing the ammount of infectious serious stuff we can give each other.
I think thsi dr Flegr openly hates cats and is looking for excuses to get rid of them.

5:29AM PST on Feb 24, 2012

If your cat is that angry at you , you don't treat it well that's for sure. Also in TV I saw "How clever cat one had" when it said no no no no...that was not true the cat is singing warning song and better to stay far away it because the instinct is on and it can attack anyone who touch it. Cats are very sweet pets...IF you treat them well

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