Cat lovers beware!

Your cat may be carrying a deadly parasite known as Toxoplasma Gondii, which is linked to schizophrenia and other erratic behavior patterns.

It’s a disease usually transmitted when coming in contact with cat feces, which, disgusting as it is, is not the worst news. The bad part is that people who are infected with T. Gondii are actually more likely to become suicidal.

A study surveying 45,000 Danish women estimated that people with the disease were 1.5 times more likely to try to commit suicide.

Dr. Teodor Postolache, the lead author of the study ensures us that we need not get rid of our cats anytime soon. In fact he notes that the risk of suicide is still small. Out of those surveyed, fewer than 1,000 of the participants tried to hurt themselves and only seven women actually killed themselves.

Yet, here’s a surprise, its estimated that nearly a third of the world’s population carries the disease.

Cats alone don’t carry the parasite though, you can also get it through uncooked meat and contaminated vegetables.

So don’t toss your pet to the curb just yet. But make sure to take precautionary measures to ensure cleanliness in your home.

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