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Feeling Emotional? It May Be Your Cat's Fault
IOL ^ | 9-23-2003

Posted on 09/23/2003 11:01:29 AM PDT by blam

Feeling emotional? It may be your cat's fault

September 23 2003 at 02:33AM

Prague - Kicking the cat may be a metaphor about venting frustrations on the innocent family feline, but could it be that Snowball really is to blame?

Czech scientist Jaroslav Flegr of Charles University in Prague said his research showed a parasite called toxoplasma gondii in cats, rabbits or raw meat, may make women reckless and friendly while making men jealous and morose.

Just contracting the bug might not be life-threatening but infected women behind the wheel can be fatal, and those out for a stroll may be a hazard.

"Toxoplasmosis raises the risk of a traffic accident 2,6 times by prolonging the reaction time of infected people," he said.

"It is not only about driving accidents but also about the probability of being run over."

Infected men tended to be quiet, withdrawn, suspicious, jealous and dogmatic. He could not find a reason for the different reactions.

The illness could be responsible for up to one million deaths on the roads worldwide, making it one of the deadliest parasitic diseases, second only to malaria, he said. - Reuters


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cats; emotional; fault; feeling
I'll stick with my doggies, they make me happy.
1 posted on 09/23/2003 11:01:30 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam
are you series??? This can be vey hugh!

like this is credible!
2 posted on 09/23/2003 11:06:46 AM PDT by camle (no fool like a damned fool)
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To: blam
Interesting articles about Toxoplasmosis
3 posted on 09/23/2003 11:06:50 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam
his research showed a parasite called toxoplasma gondii in cats, rabbits or raw meat, may make women reckless and friendly while making men jealous and morose.

It can also make Kitty disrespectful. . .


4 posted on 09/23/2003 11:07:42 AM PDT by w_over_w (I recommend it to all my friends, and you heard it first on "Roller Derby".)
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To: dansangel
(((((((((((((PING))))))))))))))))
5 posted on 09/23/2003 11:09:23 AM PDT by .45MAN (Things were better in the good old days!!!! In this case they were.....)
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To: blam
Cats are filthy and evil.
6 posted on 09/23/2003 11:10:38 AM PDT by dead (All that is not mandatory is prohibited.)
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Infected men tended to be quiet, withdrawn, suspicious, jealous and dogmatic.

So that is what is wrong with my hubby lately...geez, I just thought he was going through maxipause!

7 posted on 09/23/2003 11:11:40 AM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: blam
Just remember I've got to drive into town for some cat food. Watch out!
8 posted on 09/23/2003 11:11:56 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn
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To: blam

9 posted on 09/23/2003 11:12:10 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I will defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: blam
I just got a brand new Jeep Grand Cherokee Special Edition, so I'm feeling just fine! Of course, my dog is kinda freaked out since she's used to a two-seater.
10 posted on 09/23/2003 11:12:49 AM PDT by rintense
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To: dansangel
(((((((((((((PING))))))))))))))))
11 posted on 09/23/2003 11:13:59 AM PDT by .45MAN (Things were better in the good old days!!!! In this case they were.....)
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To: blam
Infected men tended to be quiet, withdrawn, suspicious, jealous and dogmatic.

Sniff . . . Sniff . . . Bravo Sierra!


12 posted on 09/23/2003 11:14:05 AM PDT by w_over_w (I recommend it to all my friends, and you tell 'em you heard it first on "Roller Derby".)
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To: .45MAN
Bull - freakin'- hockey pucks!

Just another reason for cat-bashing, as evidenced on this thread.

Get out the tinfoil - it's gonna be a long night.....

:-)
13 posted on 09/23/2003 11:19:37 AM PDT by dansangel (*Visualize No Democrats*)
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To: dead
Cats are filthy and evil.

And too low on the food chain to have as pets.

14 posted on 09/23/2003 11:20:30 AM PDT by Orangedog (Soccer-Moms are the biggest threat to your freedoms and the republic !)
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To: dead
Thats a bit harsh....
15 posted on 09/23/2003 11:20:45 AM PDT by FeliciaCat
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Toxoplasmosis

So is there a treatment?

16 posted on 09/23/2003 11:22:09 AM PDT by Orangedog (Soccer-Moms are the biggest threat to your freedoms and the republic !)
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To: blam
Maybe that's why I'm not feline good, almost catatonic in fact, when these servants of Satan, in the guise of house pets, are around.

It also explains the phenomenon of many unattached women having one or more cats and bemoaning the dearth of men in their lives. I used to think the cats were a substitute for companionship, but perhaps they are what keep the men away.

I'm a dog person in case there was any doubt.

17 posted on 09/23/2003 11:50:17 AM PDT by ExpatCanuck
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To: blam
BTTT
18 posted on 09/23/2003 12:06:11 PM PDT by lainde
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To: blam
This Czech is victim to toxogonzo tomuchtimeis..

pity..

19 posted on 09/23/2003 12:23:29 PM PDT by hosepipe
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To: blam
What?
20 posted on 09/23/2003 12:24:26 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy (For victory & freedom!!!)
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To: blam
Sorry dog people but, a cat is just a dog with a brain.
21 posted on 09/23/2003 12:24:58 PM PDT by exile (Exile - proudly ticking off the Left since 1992)
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To: dead

Cats?  What's wrong with cats?  I love cats!!

22 posted on 09/23/2003 12:27:07 PM PDT by Incorrigible
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"Infected men tended to be quiet, withdrawn, suspicious, jealous and dogmatic. He could not find a reason for the different reactions."

Aw hell, I was like that long before I got my cats.

23 posted on 09/23/2003 12:27:40 PM PDT by JusPasenThru (We're through being cool (you can say that again, Dad))
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Cats? What's wrong with cats?

They’re basically tall rats, with a better agent.

24 posted on 09/23/2003 12:30:39 PM PDT by dead (All that is not mandatory is prohibited.)
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Cats are filthy and evil.

Cats are "filthy"? Compared to the dogs I've seen (and some people, even), cats are definitely not "filthy". As for "evil", I'm sure some are. Then again, some dogs and people are also evil.

25 posted on 09/23/2003 12:48:19 PM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: Ronin
Kitty Bump.
26 posted on 09/23/2003 12:50:15 PM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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So is there a treatment?

You generally don't need one. Normally, you get it, build up an immunity to it, and life goes on. The same with cats.

27 posted on 09/23/2003 12:53:00 PM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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