Studies Show That Having Cats are Linked to Having Schizophrenia

Jul 27, 2015 09:00 PM EDT | By abbie uychiat

Wait what? Your feline friend is being linked with causing a mental disease known as Schizophrenia. As per HuffPost Healthy Living, studies showed probable causes of cats transporting Toxoplasma Gondii which is better known as T.Gondii, a protozoan (a one celled organism) which can be derived from an infected animal which is usually a bird or mice.

It is then stated in Daily Mail that there are 2,125 families who belonged to the National Institute of Mental Illness have found that 50.6 per cent of them that owned a cat have developed schizophrenia as per research being done since 1982 though some answers haven't been analysed by the scientist.

The parasites can easily spread from one living organize to another, which makes it easier to spread.  Outside cats can easily prey on an infected mouse; infected by the strain the cat can then bring the parasite into the household which is transferrable to humans mostly with low immune system. This condition unlikely explains the term crazy cat lady. Dr. Edwin Torrey of Stanley Medical Research Institute then informed HuffPost  on how the disease would take over the body causing schizophrenia, stating that :  T.Gondii bacteria invades the brain and forms a microscopic cycts.

As per Everyday Healththe Toxoplasmosis Symptoms can only develop if the individual has low immune system, though there won't usually be any symptoms, Centres for Disease Control did make a report stating that more than 60 million people in the United States carry the parasite with them and only few showed symptoms. Though people with low immune system such as those with HIV, those who are undergoing chemotherapy, organ transplant donors and young children can have serious complications such as blindness, heavy flu illness and can sometimes result to death, those who are pregnant and is affected by Toxoplasma Gondii can result to infantile complications and can sometimes lead to miscarriage. 

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