Skip to comments.How Your Cat is Making You Crazy (Toxoplasmosis)
Posted on 06/22/2012 2:56:31 AM PDT by Bon mots
Jaroslav Flegr is no kook. And yet, for years, he suspected his mind had been taken over by parasites that had invaded his brain. So the prolific biologist took his science-fiction hunch into the lab.
What hes now discovering will startle you. Could tiny organisms carried by house cats be creeping into our brains, causing everything from car wrecks to schizophrenia?
(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...
Long known to be deadly to the unborn, it is now clinically proven to severely damage human brains.
Long known to alter the behavior of infected mice and rats - it actually encourages them to commit suicide by seeking out cats. Infected rodents find the smell of cat urine irresistible and they seek out the cat... which results in them being eaten, thereby passing the disease on to the cat... etc.
Now, we find out it changes human behavior and alters our brains. Scary and very true...
There are many that think that Toxoplasmosis may be responsible for changing the political affiliation of people - that is, it makes you vote Democrat and support illogical economic and social positions.
Oh nooooz...I feed about 10 cats every day, and several of them come into the house.
You are infected.
Vote Obama. :)
"...this guy would make me cross the street in traffic, tell me he hasn't a dark past when it comes to cats...I wouldn't let him trim my claws."
PING this one over to Slings And Arrows. :)=^..^=
OOOOOOOOOO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOZZZZZ! If this is infection then infect me! Love me some furry personality ball. :)
There's just sumthin' about this guy that ....
Whatever you do, DON’T try to give one of them a pill!
1. Pick cat up and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat’s mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.
2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.
3. Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.
4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of 10.
5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from garden.
6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, holding front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold cat’s head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat’s throat vigorously.
7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.
8. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with its head just visible from below spouse’s armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force cat’s mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.
9. Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink glass of water to take taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse’s forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.
10. Retrieve cat from neighbor’s shed. Get another pill. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.
11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put door back on hinges. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Throw T-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.
12. Ring fire brigade to retrieve cat from tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.
13. Tie cat’s front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table. Find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed. Force cat’s mouth open with small spanner. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of fillet steak. Hold head vertically and pour pint of water down throat to wash pill down.
14. Get spouse to drive you to emergency room; sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm, and removes pill remnants from right eye. Also, be quite still for your tetanus shot before beginning your 10-day regimen of antibiotics (MfM). Stop by furniture shop on way home to order new table.
15. Arrange for vet to make a house call.
I know what you mean.
He looks like he has TOXOPLASMOSIS!
But it's not just him, there are more and more studies showing that it modifies human behavior. The first studies I had seen were done in Asia.
Does it give you bad hair, too?
It’s the Zombie parasite.
He looks like he has TOXOPLASMOSIS!It's the first thing I thought when I saw this picture of him.
But seriously, I think there's something to this. I read this and it seems plausible to me.
Now we know how the term “Crazy Cat Lady” came into use.
I cannot find the original studies that alerted me to this, but they were done in Asia - at least the ones that I remembered. I went to search for them to send them to a doctor friend who does not speak good English and found this..
"The Economist" article is well worth reading. Also shows that the story is going mainstream and is not just some nutty theory. Quite a number of serious researchers and institutions are following up on this.
Good reason to eliminate feral cats without prejudice.
LMAO! I’m sitting on a train reading that laughing my butt off and people are staring at me like I’m nuts. THaNKs A LOT
Shot at 2008-03-06
I hate to admit it, but I agree— that guy was born crazy.
I'm afraid so.
See my Post #21.
Oh, the humanity of it all.
Seriously... not all cats have it, and it's not really an issue for people who have kept cats for prolonged periods of time.
The most common mode of transmission of toxoplasmosis is through consumption of undercooked meat. So far, the studies of the effects of toxoplasmis on human behavior are inconclusive. The claim by Jaroslav Flegr that toxoplasmosis infections specifically cause people to have car accidents (that is, above the rate at which any illness predisposes people to not drive well) is not supported by data.
My dog tells me all the time that cats are evil and the spawn of satan. So I am not surprised.
That is an amazing video. Thanks for posting it. My first thought was “this guy would be more credible if he shaved his stupid Kaczynski-looking beard”, but then I just settled in and listened, and though I still think he’d probably be a more credible human in general if he got rid of that hideous thing, his discussion of how the parasite changes rat behavior is truly amazing.
Again, thanks for posting this.
My dog tells me all the time that cats are evil and the spawn of satan.Martha's been saying that on her TV show since the beginning.
>> There’s just sumthin’ about this guy that ....
He *does* have that Crazy Cat Man look, doesn’t he?
>> I cannot find the original studies that alerted me to this, but they were done in Asia
Oh, come on. They don’t *have* cats in Asia (except in the “chicken” chow mein...)
>> Mood altering parasite makes women more friendly and men into jerks.
Just wonderful. Now Mrs. Tick is going to be *utterly convinced* that our kitty gave toxoplasmosis to both of us.
Interesting video...the guy lets out a really good fart @ :30 seconds in.
Last time I saw a head like that was on Star Trek.
Yes, he looks like a Rowling House Elf, and yes, he does have toxoplasmosis.
The fart is a punctuation mark for his thoughts on free will, which are all negative. It’s interesting how behavioral scientists are so dismissive of the concept of free will. Are they so stupid as to miss the logical conclusion of that dismissiveness, that if there is no free will then none of their own ideas are freely chosen thoughts but are instead mere puppet-prattle that they are engaging in without any thought at all?
It’s always struck me that arguments against free will are always arguments in favor of the proposition that the person making that argument is a mindless automaton repeating something handed down to him by some random (or directed) source.
None of which takes away from the interesting story he tells of his research with rats, research that is obviously conducted by free-will-wielding humans.
Bump for later reading
Good idea! Though, I’ve tried just that with my 2 cats, but they sniff it, smell the medicine, turn-up their noses, look at me - WTF! - and just walk away. Brats.
I don’t even want to know what’s in those bottles on the shelves behind him.
“Whatever you do, DONT try to give one of them a pill!”
LOL.... I made the mistake of trying to give our big Tom Cat an injection while he was sitting on my lap.... ouch was an understatement! My leg was torn to shreds!
I learned, wrap them in a blanket or beach towel first. Their skin is the toughest thing I ever injected. Worse than any other animal I’ve given shots.
My veterinary friend jokes that the life expectancy of my farm cats goes to zero if the vet cost is more than $2. to keep them alive!
16. Clean and bandage slashed, bloody arms and face.
“The most common mode of transmission of toxoplasmosis is through consumption of undercooked meat.”
Now I know why the Chinese restaurant cuts their meat in little pieces and puts it in stir fries!
Seeing as how he is into the study of human parasites, they appear to be a collection of parasitic organisms. I think I can identify Guinea Worm and a TapeWorm.
Guinea Worm is a particularly nasty affliction... you drink infected water and the long, slimy white worms burst out of the skin on your leg and must be slowly extracted over days by winding them around a stick until they finally pop out.
Once a Guinea worm begins emerging, the first step is to do a controlled submersion of the affected area in a bucket of water. This causes the worm to discharge many of its larva, making it less infectious.
The water is then discarded on the ground far away from any water source. Submersion results in subjective relief of the burning sensation and makes subsequent extraction of the worm easier. To extract the worm, a person must wrap the live worm around a piece of gauze or a stick. The process can be long, taking anywhere from hours to months. Gently massaging the area around the blister can help loosen the worm up a bit.
This is nearly the same treatment that is noted in the famous ancient Egyptian medical text, the Ebers papyrus from 1550 BC. Some people have said that extracting a Guinea worm feels like the afflicted area is on fire. However, if the infection is identified before an ulcer forms, the worm can also be surgically removed by a trained doctor in a medical facility.
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