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How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy
The Atlantic ^ | 2/11/2012 | Kathleen McAuliffe

Posted on 02/11/2012 9:24:18 AM PST by JoanVarga

"In fact, he says, schizophrenia did not rise in prevalence until the latter half of the 18th century, when for the first time people in Paris and London started keeping cats as pets. The so-called cat craze began among “poets and left-wing avant-garde Greenwich Village types,” says Torrey, but the trend spread rapidly—and coinciding with that development, the incidence of schizophrenia soared. "

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“If I had to guess,” says Torrey, “I’d say 75 percent of cases of schizophrenia are associated with infectious agents, and Toxo would be involved in a significant subset of those.”

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"Closer inspection of Flegr’s reaction-time results revealed that infected subjects became less attentive and slowed down a minute or so into the test. This suggested to him that Toxoplasma might have an adverse impact on driving, where constant vigilance and fast reflexes are critical. He launched two major epidemiological studies in the Czech Republic, one of men and women in the general population and another of mostly male drivers in the military. Those who tested positive for the parasite, both studies showed, were about two and a half times as likely to be in a traffic accident as their uninfected peers. "

(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Education; Health/Medicine; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: cat; cats; crazy; democrats; kittyping; schizophrenia
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To: A_perfect_lady

Most cat people don’t give a crap about leash laws and let their “indoor” cats outside all the time, and then scream for them to come home, pissing off the neighbors.


51 posted on 02/11/2012 11:01:21 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Sequoyah101

Liberal. They let their cats crap and hunt on everyone else’s lawns and believe leash laws don’t apply to their animals. They will scream at you if you show them the law that shows all animals need to be under the owner’s control at all times.


52 posted on 02/11/2012 11:02:58 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: the_Watchman

No blood anymore is well done.


53 posted on 02/11/2012 11:03:44 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

We had one cat for years. She adopted my son when we were on a Florida island for a couple of months. We held like that for about ten years and then...the oldest son brought his two cats to us as he headed off to study in Europe. Now we have three and it is too many.


54 posted on 02/11/2012 11:19:37 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: SaraJohnson

I feel for you because you were at the right number for your house and you had another person place their cats onto you, and then left you in charge of all of them.

I don’t have a real beef with cats either, one of my favorite cats was a neighbor cat who acted like a dog to me. Loved that guy more than his owner did. Saved his life a couple times too.


55 posted on 02/11/2012 11:26:52 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: snooter55

Actually, as you probably realize, I was trying to hurt you as much as you hurt us cat lovers. I figured your type was a pitbull lover.


56 posted on 02/12/2012 5:44:04 PM PST by Fawn (Anyone but OBOZO!!!!)
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To: Fawn
My Dear Fawn ,
You figured wrong. “MY” type ? I never intended to hurt any cat lovers. To each his/her own. And your attempt to hurt me has succeeded. Congratulations. Snooter55 and family loves ALL domesticated animals. Mostly, it's their owners that I have problems with. They , for the most part , mold the animals into what they become. An obedient, loving, protective pet or just another wild animal that does as it pleases .... you know , like cats .
57 posted on 02/13/2012 1:15:55 PM PST by snooter55 (People may doubt what you say, but they will always believe what you do)
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To: benewton
You don’t own a cat, they own you.

Dogs have owners-Cats have staff.

58 posted on 02/13/2012 1:18:46 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks JoanVarga.
"If I had to guess," says Torrey, "I'd say 75 percent of cases of schizophrenia are associated with infectious agents, and Toxo would be involved in a significant subset of those."
Worth it.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


59 posted on 02/20/2012 6:50:33 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: JoanVarga

Cats are actually tiny women in little fur coats...

That’s why they drive us crazy...


60 posted on 02/20/2012 7:33:40 AM PST by tarheelswamprat
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To: JoanVarga

This reminds me of that Star Trek movie where Khan captures Chekov and puts kittens in his ear to control his mind.


61 posted on 02/21/2012 3:41:22 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: snooter55

So, if you love ALL domesticated animals, then why did you shoot and kill the cat? After all, it wasn’t the cats fault that his owner let him loose to crap in your yard. The owner is at fault, yet the cat was the one killed. Perhaps you could have found the cat a better home???


62 posted on 02/22/2012 10:16:44 AM PST by sistabrista
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To: sistabrista
sistabrista ,
I attempted to get animal control over here several times. I'm sure they would have found homes for the “wild” kitties that ate dinner on my neighbors back porch every evening and then went about their business ( making more kitties, crapping in my yard, driveway, leaving paw prints on EVERY vehicle I own, etc,.) - HOWEVER, I was told a couple of cats were not high on their priority list unless I believed them to be rabid. Before I could get the words “ but the law states that “ out of my mouth, they had closed the doors on the animal patty wagon and were on their way down the drive. Sistabrista, the cats were wild, no one would have adopted them and they would have died anyway at the hands and costs of Meck. County Animal Control ( if they would have bothered following the law & doing their jobs )in less time than my actions. Probably not in a humane fashion either. The animals did not suffer , their lights just suddenly went out. I'll save you from what you would probably believe to be the gory details. I'm terribly sorry to you and other cat lovers for my actions. It's not something I was chomping at the bit to do BUT tolerating their filth, fleas and other negatives were not an option either. The health and welfare of my loved, cherished and well cared for Shelties trumped a couple of wild cats. Truth be told, I'd have done the same if they had been a couple of Hobo's that refused to leave and that the local Law Enforcement refused to deal with. Feel better now ?
I am not a cold hearted , hateful man without love, respect and compassion for ALL life. I am a man that is held responsible for the lives within MY household though and I'll do WHATEVER IS NECESSARY to PROTECT those lives.

You have my word that before I ever repeat the actions taken that you seem to despise so much , I'll notify YOU and allow YOU the necessary time to come to their rescue. Oh , and please review my earlier post in regards to the said “ owner “ of the cats.
Best Wishes To You Sistabrista ,
Snoot :o)

63 posted on 02/26/2012 12:18:12 PM PST by snooter55 (People may doubt what you say, but they will always believe what you do)
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To: tarheelswamprat

There’s a real undercurrent of “I hate women” on this site. And y’all aren’t even Muslim. Go figure. LOL


64 posted on 02/26/2012 12:29:33 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane

It was a joke. Please try to lighten up... /g


65 posted on 02/26/2012 5:15:22 PM PST by tarheelswamprat
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To: snooter55

I appreciate your snide offer to notify me prior to killing anymore cats. Just so happens, I am volunteer with a local cat rescue in my town, and I rescue and foster homeless cats. Perhaps next time before killing innocent kitties, you can call an organization such as this.


66 posted on 03/20/2012 7:35:45 PM PDT by sistabrista
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