A SERVICE OF THE OUTDOOR WIRE DIGITAL NETWORK
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018
The American Bird Conservancy has long encouraged people to keep their cats inside, to help curb the estimated 2 billion birds killed each year by free-roaming cats in the United States. A new report provides even more incentives to keep pet cats inside: The risk that free-roaming cats spread the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, that depends on cats to complete their life cycle. This parasite is spread through cat scat and appears to affect humans in unconventional ways.
So what? Brace yourself; a new study indicates that about one of five people tested positive for the parasite, probably as a result of contact with raw meat or cat feces. The good news is that our immune system protects us from symptoms. But T. gondii has been linked to increased risks of car accidents, mental illness, neuroticism, drug abuse and suicide according to the USA Today report.
Keep your cat inside: Indoor cats lead longer healthier lives and don’t decimate wildlife, and now keeping your cat indoors may help keep YOU healthier.
More information is available at https://abcbirds.org/article/free-roaming-cats-spread-toxoplasmosis-risking-human-health-and-wildlife-too/ and https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/07/25/toxoplasma-parasite-cat-poop-may-reduce-fear-humans/836380002/