Now that you've gotten in your cracks at me. The doomsday poster I was referring to was Dr Joanne Webster, because Dr Webster is the one who caused
this alarmist ruckous based on her own very small "study", where she used extremely tenuous "facts" to link the illness to mental diseases. Her study
wouldn't have even been noticed had she not tacked on an inflammatory and FALSE claim that "YOUR CAT IS MAKING YOU CRAZY". This womans scare tactics
got traction due to her headline, and it took off, and it has INDEED caused the deaths of thousands of cats, because of people who are always looking
for another reason become alarmed. So much so, that animal control and humane organizations had to start addressing the disease with people coming
into dump their animals.
Her intrepid article was entitled How Your Cat is Making You Crazy.
It is not about feline behavior problems, but rather a profile of one
scientist’s view that Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite of cats that can also infect most warm blooded animals including people, can cause a host of
mental health problems.
This single womans article is extremely alarmist and would make you wonder why you might have a cat if it is possible to “catch” toxoplamosis and
mental disease from your feline friend. And it left those with mental illness clamoring for more information as they thought they finally have
someone or something to blame for their illness.
I would encourage all those reading here to note, cats usually become infected by ingesting the tissues of a mouse, so if you have an indoor cat, it
is very unlikely your cat will ever become infected. Cats that do become infected are only TEMPORARILY affected, IF AT ALL, and will only shed the
infective form (in their feces) for a few weeks of their lives, generally when they are kittens.
What is your kitten doing outdoors eating mice??
Futhermore, cats are fastidiously clean, use litter boxes or bury their feces outside, so it is rare for a human to come in contact with cat feces at
Also, humans are most commonly infected by eating contaminated food, not from cats.
People are far more at risk from many other illnesses and
accidents than toxoplasmosis.
I guess my reaction is based on the fact ( which I've stated) that words,and "casual passing along of information" can and DO indeed have tangible
and harmful results. This womans article made the rounds on the MSM ad naseum simply because of her INFLAMMATORY AND MISLEADING title. She did it
for a reason, and it worked. It got her attention and made a disease that has been known for decades into some sort of new boogy man attributed to
CATS!!! and giving your children mental illness. I've seen the results of her attention seeking article so I tend to bristle when I see it
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