Apparently it’s a well known fact and it’s got to do with toxoplasma gondii, the parasite that lives in some cats’ poo. That part I knew. It’s the reason we’re told to stay away from the litter box when we’re pregnant.
And can I just say there’s a weird lack of comprehension about that in the world? There’s so much fear around it but nobody seems to know you can just get your cats tested and treated. I had mine tested when I was pregnant and my vet told me nobody does that. There should be a campaign or something. That shiz can cause birth defects and miscarriage. It’s also been associated with mental illness such as schizophrenia. And did I mention it can also control your mind and make you prey to the kitty overlords? Or that’s what it does to rodents anyway.
This is according to NBC news, which says, “T. gondii has captured the imaginations of scientists and cat lovers ever since it was learned it can control the behavior of rodents. It changes their brains so they lose their innate fear of the smell of cat urine. In fact, it precisely alters their fear reaction so that they love the smell of cat pee.”
It makes them love cats so they are then easier to catch.
Study author Wendy Ingram says, “The parasite is able to create this behavior change as early as three weeks after infection.”
Studies haven’t been done on whether any of this is the case in humans but I think that if you have cats you should just get them tested for the parasite. Then you won’t have anything to worry about.
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