Submit your own Neatorama post and vote for others' posts to earn NeatoPoints that you can redeem for T-shirts, hoodies and more over at the NeatoShop!


No, Your Cat Isn't Turning You into a Psychopath

Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite that can make any mammal its host, but can make eggs only when in a cat's body. Cats pick it up by eating infected meat. Once the parasite reproduces, an infected cat can spread millions of eggs or "oocysts" in its feces for 10 to 14 days.

Although an estimated one-third of the human population may harbor Toxoplasma, only a small number will ever show any clinical symptoms. Still, it does pose a threat to pregnant women, since it can pass the placental barrier and increase the risk of miscarriage.

Rats that get infected become more prone to risky behavior, making them more likely to wind up as prey for cats - and thus helping spread the parasite. However, though studies have indicated a link between toxoplasma infection and psychological problems in humans, these results are tentative.

Login to comment.

Email This Post to a Friend
"No, Your Cat Isn't Turning You into a Psychopath"

Separate multiple emails with a comma. Limit 5.


Success! Your email has been sent!

close window

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using this website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

I agree
Learn More