You like cats because they're beautiful, elegant creatures, right? Or is it because you've been infected by a parasite that influences your brain?
Bizarrely, new research raises that question, finding that the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which lives in cats, actually makes cats attractive rather than scary to their natural prey (in this case, rats). Earlier research also suggests that this parasite, which can infect humans, may affect personality and possibly even the risk of schizophrenia.
Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2011/08/1...#ixzz1VPftCeSI
Maybe we should send all the cats on this planet to the moon and let them colonize it so everyone is safe.Originally Posted by Envy
noooo, I can't live on this planet anymore if I don't know if my preference for cats is honest and pure!!1!1
"That's one butt-wiggle for a cat... and one giant pounce for catkind..."Originally Posted by Scorpius
Maybe we should send all the cats on this planet to the moon and let them colonize it so everyone is safe.
A parasite wants to live, hence moving to different hosts to complete its life cycle and produce offspring. The rabies virus is a seek and destroy kind of deal, if an animal (cat, bat, cow, human) is infected, fatality is 100% guaranteed.Originally Posted by Tom
"That's one butt-wiggle for a cat... and one giant pounce for catkind..."
Actually, I read this some time ago. The toxoplasma parasite must complete its life cycle in a cat, but the early part of its life cycle is spent in a rodent. The parasite does that to the rodents it infects to increase the odds it will find its next host (a cat)... or more accurately, that its next host will find it.
I suppose the rabies virus does sort of the same thing, infecting an animal and causing him/her to get violently aggressive, biting other creatures.
I did too but they died of old age anyway.Originally Posted by Phoenix Days
I want my kitties to stay here and live with me forever!
You would be surprised to see how many hits came up when I googled "Cat in space suit".