Scientists Say Having A Cat Can Cause Mental Illness… And The Proof Is Terrifying
Some people absolutely love cats, and think they’re the best thing ever. I’m not one of them, but I won’t judge you if you are; companionship is a very real need, and for many people, cats serve that purpose well, in addition to being a regular source of entertainment.
Unfortunately your cat may also be causing you mental health issues.
Many cats carry a parasite known as T. gondii, and when secreted in cat’s waste, it can actually affect the brains of other animals.
Once mice are infected with the T. gondii parasite, however, that changes; mice actually begin to be drawn toward the scent of cats as a result of the parasite. As you can imagine, that usually doesn’t end well for the mice.
That also works in the parasite’s favor, as cats are the only host where the parasites can reproduce. As a result, if the cat in question wasn’t infected with the T. gondii parasite, it will be after eating the infected mouse, which helps the parasite spread.
But it gets far more interesting when humans are involved as well.
Even crazier? This is the third study to arrive at this conclusion.
Your cat may be, in fact, driving you crazy. Literally.
Brings a whole new meaning to the idea of a crazy cat lady, doesn’t it?
*This content was inspired by an amazing article that can be found here.