The cat is a small carnivorous mammal. It is the only domesticated species in the family Felidae and often referred to as the domestic cat to distinguish it from wild members of the family. The cat is either a house cat or a farm cat, which are pets, or a feral cat, which ranges freely and avoids human contact.
A surprise gift from your cat 🐱
Humans falling before the paws of cats may be far more than just the cuteness of our feline masters. A parasite called Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) 🦠 takes cats as their only ultimate host. They shed their babies in cat feces and infect and spread to almost every mammalian species, and yes, this includes us. Yikes! This is how it goes in mother nature: the mice ingest oocysts from cat feces in their environment, which then allows T. gondii to infect the mice. It then waits for the mice to be preyed by other cats to complete its life cycle. Here is the tricky thing, in order to find its way to more cats, T. gondii is able to manipulate mice’ behaviours by eliminating their fear to dangers ‼️. This leads to a much higher chance of it being preyed.
Better yet, a similar phenomenon of T. gondii have been found in humans too! Around one third of the human population has been infected with T. gondii, and those tested positive are associated with higher traffic accident rate, anxiety and schizophrenia. It may sound terrifying 😖, but T. gondii doesn’t cause direct mortality or severe diseases, plus we gain life-long immunity after our first infection. However, it may result in abortion or damages to the fetus if the mother is exposed to the parasite for the first time during pregnancy. That’s why pregnant women are prohibited from cleaning cat litters 💩 . There is science based in myths!
But wait! Before slapping your cat off your lap, you must know that indoor cats are unlikely to have this parasite, and if your cats hang out a lot outside, you probably have it already.
But wait 🖐🏽! In fact, research has shown that people infected with T. gondii may be more tolerant to risk. A study cohort of 1500 students found that those with T. gondii are 1.4 times more likely to be a business major and are 1.7 times more likely to major in 'management and entrepreneurship’. This can all be due to the danger-averse manipulation we see with mice!
This may also mean that your cat may be the key to your inner Elon Musk 🦸🏻♂️. #humango#health#fitness#entrepreneur#cat#meow#catstagram#elonmusk#kitty#kitten#tgondii#sunday#sundayfunday