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Common Parasites Carried by Cats Reduces Inhibitions–In the Cat Host and Also With Humans If Exposed to Cat Feces by Incre

Posted Sep 27 2012 6:47pm

This is an interesting journal publication and not sure if I’m in on this one as far as believing it but the video is kind of funny.  imageClean out the litter box for your cat and get exposed and go out and have a good time:)  It has to do with increasing dopamine in the brain and hormones and it does the same for the cat too.  Sounds like this is an interesting parasite and what are the downsides here?  If the host is a rat then it loses is sense of fear from cats and thus gets eaten.  As I understand it the parasite needs to have a cat or a mouse around to host it so it sounds like as a human you need to be re-exposed as in cleaning out the litter boxes?  Watch the video and see what you think, I just think it is a bit strange.  BD



Pop culture rhetoric doesn't shine favorably on cat people, but new science might change some of those negative perceptions. 

Research into a parasite commonly carried by cats (or found in raw steak) shows it increases extroversion and makes humans less conscientious overall.

The parasite, called toxoplasma gondii, "manipulates the behavior of its animal host by increasing the concentration of dopamine and by changing levels of certain hormones," said a study in the European Journal of Personality.

http://news.discovery.com/animals/cat-parasite-improves-social-life-gotta-see-video-120926.html#mkcpgn=rssnws1


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