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*RedBull*    608
Cats causing suicide?

Oct 10, 2012 8:41 AM EDT

A recent study in Denmark implicates an infection spread by cats in causing humans to feel suicidal.

The infection is called toxoplasmosis. It is caused by a parasite found, among other places, in the GI tracts of cats. Therefore, contact with cat feces when emptying a cat's litter box is one way humans can get it. Other ways include eating undercooked meat.

We have known for some time that toxoplasma antibodies (proof of exposure to the parasite) seem to be elevated in patients with schizophrenia.

Now, the Dutch study has found an increased rate of suicide attempts in those with the infection. The study, which looked at 45,000 pregnant women in five counties in Denmark found that 27 percent of them showed antibodies to toxoplasma.

Among that 27 percent (as opposed to the other 73 percent of women), self-destructive violence was more common by about 50 percent. And the higher the antibodies to toxoplasm (presumably showing a more significant exposure), the greater the risk. Those with the highest level of antibodies were at almost 100 percent higher risk for self-harm.

The actual completed suicide rate was over twice as high in women who had been exposed to toxoplasma as those who had not. Since the total number of suicides was only 18 in the population of 45,000, absolute conclusions are tough to draw, but more experiments should certainly be conducted.

One reason toxoplasma could trigger severe psychiatric symptoms-including suicidal ideation-is that it causes inflammation in the central nervous system, raising the levels of inflammatory compounds like interleukin-6. Those inflammatory compounds may be neurotoxic.

For now, my guidance for patients who have owned or cared for cats is to consider toxoplasma as potentially playing a role in thoughts of self-harm, which don't seem to be treatable with standard medications and psychotherapy. In such cases, going to see a physician who specializes in infectious disease, armed with your concern about toxoplasma, would be a reasonable step.

Treatment of the infection isn't without side effects. But, if your psychiatrist and infectious disease doctor agree, going forward with treatment may make sense as one part of an overall strategy to ward off self-destructive impulses.

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*RedBull*    608

Yea so the love of ***** is a fatal thing. lol

OK now explain why those women with a house full of cats don't kill themselves?

Warning: touching remixedcat can kill you :p

My cat keeps whispering in my ear: "Jump ... jump .... jump now."

lol

Wait, Hum why are you standing naked on a ledge anyway? :o

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f0rk_b0mb    698

Yeah, Remixed...how many people have you killed thus far?

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Eternal Tempest    524

toxoplamosis is something interesting, there some evidence suggesting it affects women on some level to pay more attention to their looks and more likely to have more than one partner.

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HSoft    400

So...what they are saying is that people in Denmark don't wash their hands after emptying the cat litter box :huh:

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threetonesun    1,205
Other ways include eating undercooked meat.

So this story could also be "Eating Steak Rare Linked to Human Suicides", but then we couldn't make fun of the cat people.

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Growled    3,880

While my cat says jump my dog says stay. Since I don't know what to do I do nothing.

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Richteralan    377

Like the sensationalistic title.

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+warwagon    9,741

I would expect nothing less from cats.

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Tai    14

undercooked meat ... could also mean we have to cook our kitties a little longer ...

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remixedcat    2,765

Only being a heart breaker...

And it was about 196 ppl.. eager to meet my quota..

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Raa    1,407

Sounds deadly...

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PNWDweller    140

I always wash my hands twice with anti-bacterial soap after emptying my cat's litter box.

Come to think of it - this might be why my cats use it so much - to get me to empty it more, so I get confused if I washed my hands or not and then kill myself because I forgot. IT'S A CONSPIRACY!

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remixedcat    2,765

wow these studies are ran by miserable people that don't like happy things.... first coffee, now cats, damn....

they can go eat GMO veggies in a concrete box in 110 degree weather listening to country music while wearing rough wool sweaters and never to touch another being again. oh and to have to work on printers non stop forever,

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giantsnyy    57

yeah... doesn't make sense. when i'm around my cat (or even my ex's cat) I'm happy.

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Mohitster    87
Only being a heart breaker... And it was about 196 ppl.. eager to meet my quota..

Is it weird that I thought about you when I read this article? :p

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remixedcat    2,765

Is it weird that I thought about you when I read this article? :p

LOL yeah... but I am THE CAT

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francescob    560

Being infected from meat is far, far more likely than getting infected by your cat unless your cat regularly goes outside and kills/eats rats. Knowing this, always think twice before feeding your cats ratatouille one more time.

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DocM    12,665

FYI: the CDC puts the rate of US persons aged 12-49 with antibodies to T. gondi at about 15%.

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remixedcat    2,765

also you would have to be eating the cat's nuggets from the cat box in order to really get infected.... and I hope there aren't that many people eating that or the world is an even scarier place....

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Crisp    3,271

What if you have cat and a dog? :wacko:

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Dan~    218

It's because Cats are vermin ad should be culled to be honest, unless they are on a lead at all times.

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*RedBull*    608

also you would have to be eating the cat's nuggets from the cat box in order to really get infected.... and I hope there aren't that many people eating that or the world is an even scarier place....

Mmm......kitty nuggets

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