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Originally posted by Tharsis
They even smell like it when they leave the home, which is fine if you're shopping at Walmart, but notsogood when you are visiting friends.
The good news is that, just like eating a fat-rich diet only increases the potential for illnesses linked to high cholesterol or body fat, having Toxoplasma gondii in your system is not likely to drive you insane. However, if you feel that you may have been exposed to the parasite, a simple blood test - a request apparently being made more and more frequently -- can confirm or deny its presence.
And, more importantly for some, you don't have to get rid of your cat(s) - in fact, Yolken himself has three.
That said, studies in this area remain preliminary. Much of the research is built around statistical correlations rather than any clear step-by-step pathway from infection to disease. Torrey says he and his colleagues don't know why early exposure to toxo would lead to a disease, schizophrenia, that doesn't show up until late adolescence at the earliest. All told, it's still a rather speculative line of argument. But we'll still keep an eye on those crazy cats.
Originally posted by StripedBandit
The article says it's a protozoa found in the cat's feces.
Just dont handle or consume the poo and you'll be fine lol
Originally posted by Onet Wosix
I dont have a cat, but am I right in thinking that they spend a fair bit of time licking their 'khyber pass', and then lick the rest of their body?
Would this mean that their fur is covered in a diluted version of the stuff that is coming out of the , erm, rusty sherrifs badge?
I will never let a cat within ten feet of me.
Originally posted by tsawyer2
reply to post by Onet Wosix
This is interesting and I have heard about this before, but seriously, the chances of you getting a schizophrenia from a cat is slim to none.
My cat is more likely to make me go crazy by sleeping on my head all the time.
Originally posted by BlackOps719
My grandpa always warned us kids that pussy could drive a man insane, clearly he had already seen this study.