Can a Certain Parasite Cause Us to Love Cats?

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Sure, this can be a little scary to consider and, no double, there are folks raising arms to rant that cats are always getting a bad rap, but, truth be told, this is nature at work here, not a conspiracy against felines.  In fact, it may serve as a reminder to many the importance of doing simple things that often get over looked, such as washing produce thoroughly or our hands after cleaning the litter pan.

According to the Mayo Clinic:

Toxoplasmosis (tok-so-plaz-MOE-sis) is a disease that results from infection with the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, one of the world’s most common parasites.

Toxoplasmosis may cause flu-like symptoms in some people, but most people affected never develop signs and symptoms. For infants born to infected mothers and for people with weakened immune systems, toxoplasmosis can cause extremely serious complications.

 If you’re generally healthy, you probably won’t need any treatment for toxoplasmosis. If you are pregnant or have lowered immunity, certain medications can help reduce the infection’s severity. The best approach, though, is prevention.
So that is straight from the medical professionals. However, what is interesting is the thought that somehow this parasite manipulates its host into feeling comfortable enough that it puts itself into a position whereby a predator might find it very easy to take captive.  Suffice to say, that “could,” “possibly,” be translated into love in some terms…love sick, perhaps.
But we leave it to you to make your own conclusions, scientific or otherwise, and leave you with the reminder that nature does, take its course.


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