Cat Ladies Beware!
Cat owners ATTENTION!
A parasite carried by cats could increase the suicide risk in women…
As a staunch kitty advocate, I just find this interesting and somewhat amusing….
And too good not to post….
But stand by your cats!
There’s fresh evidence that cats can be a threat to your mental health.
To be fair, it’s not kitties themselves that are the problem, but a parasite they carry called Toxoplasma gondii.
A study of more than 45,000 Danish women found that those infected with this feline parasite were 1.5 times more likely to attempt suicide than women who weren’t infected.
That’s not a huge increase, but it’s probably too big to have been caused by chance, says Teodor Postolache, a University of Maryland psychiatrist and senior author of the paper, which was published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.
Still, the absolute risk of suicide remains very small. Fewer than…
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