Schizophrenia and Cat Ownership
Schizophrenia is no joke nor laughing matter but the Simpson’s crazy cat lady may have a parasite to blame.
Toxoplasma gondii, is a single cell parasite found in some cats, is the reason pregnant women should not clean litter boxes during pregnancy, and a possible link to cat owners and mental illness. T. gondii enters the brain and causes microscopic cysts and probably effects neurotransmitters.
This latest study note that mental illness was “significantly higher” in families who’s children had cats as pets during childhood. These results were also similar to two other previous studies comparing cat ownership and mental illness. Click below to learn more.