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Wed Mar 30, 2016, 09:02 AM

Read this before blaming road rage on your cat

Pity the cats. They’re always getting blamed for something.

In the 13th century, Pope Gregory IX declared them evil and worthy of death, which led to their widespread killing. More recently, they’ve been accused of decimating U.S. birds and other wildlife, as well as of being all-around jerks.

Now there’s this: Cats cause road rage.

That’s been one common takeaway from a study, published last week in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, that is the latest to link the common parasitic infection toxoplasmosis to behavior changes or psychiatric disorders in humans. This one found that people with intermittent explosive disorder — who have recurrent outbursts of extreme anger, like road rage — are more than twice as likely as healthy people with no psychiatric disorders to have been exposed to t. gondii, as the parasite is known.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2016/03/30/read-this-before-blaming-road-rage-on-your-cat/

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TexasTowelie Mar 2016 OP
Sanity Claws Mar 2016 #1
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Sanity Claws Mar 2016 #3
angstlessk Mar 2016 #4

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2016, 11:53 AM

1. I have a cat with bed rage

He gets jealous of the other cats on the bed (too much traffic, I guess) and acts out his jealous rage by biting me.
I wonder if he will claim that I gave him a parasitic infection.

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Response to Sanity Claws (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 30, 2016, 11:57 AM

2. Newsflash!

If you are the one lying around in bed waiting for the cats to bite you, then you are the parasite!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 30, 2016, 12:17 PM

3. Now I feel special

I am a parasite. Watch out everyone!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2016, 02:31 PM

4. In the article is also a link to

Household pets react to the news of cat parasite Toxoplasma gondii

Which is very funny

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