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How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy
The Atlantic ^ | Feb 2012 | Kathleen McAuliffe

Posted on 02/10/2012 3:28:07 PM PST by Mike Darancette

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 he’s now discovering will startle you. Could tiny organisms carried by house cats be creeping into our brains, causing everything from car wrecks to schizophrenia? A biologist’s science- fiction hunch is gaining credence and shaping the emerging science of mind- controlling parasites.

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bugs; cats; nuts; parasites; schizophrenia; tgondii; toxoplasma; toxoplasmosis
Reason for crazy cat ladies?
1 posted on 02/10/2012 3:28:12 PM PST by Mike Darancette
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To: Mike Darancette

Sounds like a scene from a script in a Star Trek movie, I belive it was The Wrath of Kahn.


2 posted on 02/10/2012 3:32:36 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Mike Darancette

It was tough enough for me to quit my hobby of burying libs under my house... I sure wouldn’t want cats to drive me crazy.

No wonder my dog doesn’t like cats.


3 posted on 02/10/2012 3:36:44 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO--itÂ’s about the survival of our country!!)
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To: Mike Darancette

I don’t know....never owned a cat. I’m a dog person. :)


4 posted on 02/10/2012 3:36:44 PM PST by alice_in_bubbaland ( Santorum/Palin 2012, the rest stink...)
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To: Mike Darancette

Well well. The Viking Kitties have microscopic myrmidons too. All part of the feline insidious plan to bend you to their every whim. As if it’s not enough to lay on your hip then turn on their gravity magnification rays (10 lb. cat = 50 lb. magnified) every time you go to sleep.


5 posted on 02/10/2012 3:37:19 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Mike Darancette

Cool article. Very interesting as well.

Nice to see a Czech prof getting some recognition; Charles University is a great university, and I’m not just saying that because I taught English there for a couple of years.

So basically, for all you cat-lovers, your pet is, in reality, The Thing.

Bwahahahahahaha!!


6 posted on 02/10/2012 3:38:01 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Mike Darancette

I have always suspected cat people were a little touched.


7 posted on 02/10/2012 3:38:01 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Mike Darancette
T[oxoplasma] gondii, reports Sapolsky, can turn a rat’s strong innate aversion to cats into an attraction, luring it into the jaws of its No. 1 predator. Even more amazing is how it does this: the organism rewires circuits in parts of the brain that deal with such primal emotions as fear, anxiety, and sexual arousal.

Now we know why, almost every time a Rat shows up on FR, it runs right into the Viking Kitties' jaws. (A few of them are only played around with by the Kitties.) It could not help the average prowling cat because it's not schmoozing with those rodents.

8 posted on 02/10/2012 3:42:25 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Venturer

~~~~~~~~~~~snicker~~~~~~~~~~~


9 posted on 02/10/2012 3:45:04 PM PST by alice_in_bubbaland ( Santorum/Palin 2012, the rest stink...)
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To: Venturer

Probably their cats too.


10 posted on 02/10/2012 3:47:20 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Mike Darancette

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5UtYIVl1dw

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11 posted on 02/10/2012 3:48:45 PM PST by Para-Ord.45
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To: Para-Ord.45

THAT is what I wanted to do last night when my husband’s “kitty” shredded my arm!!! (He goes nuclear at night...and I was alone, and he was acting SOOOO sweet)


12 posted on 02/10/2012 3:54:24 PM PST by goodnesswins (2012..."We mutually pledge our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor")
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

***I don’t know....never owned a cat. I’m a dog person. :)***

You don’t own a cat. The cat owns you.


13 posted on 02/10/2012 3:55:58 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar; alice_in_bubbaland

As they say, dogs have owners.

Cats have staff.


14 posted on 02/10/2012 3:59:32 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: Fightin Whitey; All

Cats have been driving me crazy for years,wouldn’t have it any other way.


15 posted on 02/10/2012 4:15:58 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: Fightin Whitey
You got THAT right.

In ancient Egypt, cats were worshipped as gods. They haven't forgotten that...
16 posted on 02/10/2012 4:22:51 PM PST by thoolou ("I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous." - David Bradley, inventor of Ctrl-Alt-Del)
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To: Mike Darancette

Very interesting article. Those darn viruses can make you crazy !!!


17 posted on 02/10/2012 4:23:31 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Mike Darancette
Nothing to see here. Move along ,please.....

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18 posted on 02/10/2012 4:25:14 PM PST by Delta 21 (Make your choice ! There are NO civilians.)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

I lived in Slovakia for about five years, but moved to the Philippines in Jan. 09.
Czech Republic and Slovakia are great countries to live in.

I have now collected about 10 cats, some of which like to hang out indoors.


19 posted on 02/10/2012 4:30:21 PM PST by AlexW
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To: Mike Darancette
Infected women, on the other hand, presented in exactly the opposite way: they were more outgoing, trusting, image-conscious, and rule-abiding than uninfected women.

Nope, not here. Ok, the cat can stay.

20 posted on 02/10/2012 4:37:11 PM PST by bgill (Romney & Obama are both ineligible. A non-NBC GOP prez shuts down all ?s on Obama's admin)
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To: AlexW

I’ve been here in the Czech Republic for going on 11 years now......well, I was in Germany for 18 months. I like it here. The Philippines seems like a good place to live as well; I’ve looked into it.

As for me, no cats. Goldfish.

Hopefully, they won’t take over my brain.


21 posted on 02/10/2012 4:47:45 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: thoolou

The writer William Faulkner liked to claim the Chinese believed that “cats used to rule the world, until they realized how foolish it all was and turned it over to humans, which is why they look at us the way they do.”


22 posted on 02/10/2012 4:51:18 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: Mike Darancette

Interesting article. Loved the comments:

Bart_Savagewood:

The author makes it quite clear in the first few paragraphs that this is not settled science and is still highly controversial and warrants further study.

Rather than being anti-pet, my reading of the article can be summarized as thus: Poop contains a lot of pathogens - many of which we have little-to-no understanding of. Be careful when handling poop.

Arkitux in reply to Bart_Savagewood

Well, there goes that hobby.


23 posted on 02/10/2012 5:12:06 PM PST by sockmonkey
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To: HiTech RedNeck

You have absolutely NO idea of the mind control and human domination capabilities of large canines. I’m the adoptive dog father of an 85 lb. Pitador and a 95 lb. Great Dane. In spite of my inherent firmness in dealing with dogs, they dominate me and my household. Pray for me.


24 posted on 02/10/2012 5:32:43 PM PST by libstripper
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To: Mike Darancette

More like the reason the leftists act like the rats they are.


25 posted on 02/10/2012 5:47:08 PM PST by Hell to pay
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To: SandRat
Sounds like a scene from a script in a Star Trek movie, I belive it was The Wrath of Kahn.

Cats!

26 posted on 02/10/2012 5:51:38 PM PST by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: Mike Darancette
I've always been of the opinion that people who have cats are, in fact crazy. But I had always assumed that their craziness caused them to acquire cats; not that the fact that they had cats caused them to be crazy.

My dogs have never pondered which is the cause and which as the result; they merely consider cats to be tasty snacks.


27 posted on 02/10/2012 6:14:54 PM PST by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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To: Venturer

28 posted on 02/10/2012 6:23:30 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Mike Darancette

People are just finding out about this but cats have always known it to be true.

That is why they wait for you to go to sleep then wipe their butts on your tables, kitchen counters and all over your kitchen sinks.

Sometimes even on your face if they can get away with it.

They truly are vile creatures.


29 posted on 02/10/2012 6:41:13 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Now we know why, almost every time a Rat shows up on FR, it runs right into the Viking Kitties' jaws.

LOL!!!

30 posted on 02/11/2012 10:40:48 AM PST by Albion Wilde ("The facts of life are Tory." -- Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Iron Munro

They also produce a treat that is very attractive to dogs, so even they fall under the spell.


31 posted on 02/11/2012 4:15:28 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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