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How Cats Control You with a Parasite - Toxoplasmosis and Its Effects

 
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These poor girls are symptomatic.



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This from drudge -


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i don't trust non-cat people....
or people who consume aspartame.
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i don't trust non-cat people....
or people who consume aspartame.
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I have heard from another source that up to 50% of the population are infected with this parasite. Throughout my life, I have owned oh-so-many wonderful kittehs, so I am sure I contracted the parasite. No symptoms, but that doesn't mean much of anything with this one.

Currently I have a few kittehs. Three indoor kitties and then there are three outdoor kitties that belong to neighbors, but that I feed. I gladly serve them all and ask for nothing more than to further oblige them with a pet, brush, or ear rub.

I just cannot stand to see a hungry kitty, I must feed them. Or a dusty kitty from rolling around outside in the pollen. I must brush them! Or a kitteh with an itchy ear. I must scritch them!

One of the outdoor cats I take care of has one bad eye that is clearly blind. She also had a broken tooth, and after speaking to the owners I discovered she was LONG overdo for her kitty shots and they weren't planning on taking her to the vet ever again. They just didn't, and don't, give a damn.

So needless to say, I had to fix kitteh. I had to go without a lot of things that month to free up the hundreds of dollars that were spent examining her eye and making sure it wasn't infected or causing her pain or further damage, fixing her tooth, and making sure everything was healthy and nice and her shots were up to date.

I will take care of any and all kitties that need it even to my personal detriment.

Must. Serve. KITTEH.
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you sound like a mirror image of myself....

i feed almost 40 cats a day at a few different locations and i make a difference in their lives.
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My personal favorite example of nature filling silly niches is the tiny eco-system that exists in old books. The "book lice" eat the black letters, and other critters who also live between the pages survive by hunting the book lice.
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Wow!! Thanks. I will never forget this. Ever.
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And what came first?

The cat, or the parasite?

Does the cat exist for the parasite to travel?

Or vice versa???



THINK ABOUT IT!

The parasite comes from a cat, and once you're infected, it grows in your brain, and you are infected FOR LIFE.

There are psychic elements here.

A permanent connection made between the cat and the host (human).

FOR WHAT PURPOSE?
 Quoting: Mister Obvious


THE PARASITE IS IN THE CAT'S URINE....GET RID OF THE CAT...THE CAT LITTER IS INFESTED WITH THE PARASITE...ONCE THE PARASITE ATTACHES ITSELF TO YOU...IT FEEDS OFF YOUR RED BLOOD CELLS AND GROWS LARGER, AND LARGER....TO KILL IT...IT TAKES ACID....THERE IS NO SECONDARY EFFECT IF YOU KILL IT WITH ACID...
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Here Kitty Kitty!!

I gotta say that I don't buy this at all. Besides, any pet that makes turds bigger than your own belongs in a zoo, not your backyard.

poop
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And what came first?

The cat, or the parasite?

Does the cat exist for the parasite to travel?

Or vice versa???



THINK ABOUT IT!

The parasite comes from a cat, and once you're infected, it grows in your brain, and you are infected FOR LIFE.

There are psychic elements here.

A permanent connection made between the cat and the host (human).

FOR WHAT PURPOSE?
 Quoting: Mister Obvious


Does it jump from human to human? How long do the parasites survive outside the cats? It's on their fur as well and can be anywhere if a cat is in the house.
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And what came first?

The cat, or the parasite?

Does the cat exist for the parasite to travel?

Or vice versa???



THINK ABOUT IT!

The parasite comes from a cat, and once you're infected, it grows in your brain, and you are infected FOR LIFE.

There are psychic elements here.

A permanent connection made between the cat and the host (human).

FOR WHAT PURPOSE?
 Quoting: Mister Obvious


THE PARASITE IS IN THE CAT'S URINE....GET RID OF THE CAT...THE CAT LITTER IS INFESTED WITH THE PARASITE...ONCE THE PARASITE ATTACHES ITSELF TO YOU...IT FEEDS OFF YOUR RED BLOOD CELLS AND GROWS LARGER, AND LARGER....TO KILL IT...IT TAKES ACID....THERE IS NO SECONDARY EFFECT IF YOU KILL IT WITH ACID...
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It's in the poop and on the fur, in the air and everywhere. It's in the vaccum cleaner also. You cannot hide from the parasite.
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I have heard from another source that up to 50% of the population are infected with this parasite. Throughout my life, I have owned oh-so-many wonderful kittehs, so I am sure I contracted the parasite. No symptoms, but that doesn't mean much of anything with this one.

Currently I have a few kittehs. Three indoor kitties and then there are three outdoor kitties that belong to neighbors, but that I feed. I gladly serve them all and ask for nothing more than to further oblige them with a pet, brush, or ear rub.

I just cannot stand to see a hungry kitty, I must feed them. Or a dusty kitty from rolling around outside in the pollen. I must brush them! Or a kitteh with an itchy ear. I must scritch them!

One of the outdoor cats I take care of has one bad eye that is clearly blind. She also had a broken tooth, and after speaking to the owners I discovered she was LONG overdo for her kitty shots and they weren't planning on taking her to the vet ever again. They just didn't, and don't, give a damn.

So needless to say, I had to fix kitteh. I had to go without a lot of things that month to free up the hundreds of dollars that were spent examining her eye and making sure it wasn't infected or causing her pain or further damage, fixing her tooth, and making sure everything was healthy and nice and her shots were up to date.

I will take care of any and all kitties that need it even to my personal detriment.

Must. Serve. KITTEH.
 Quoting: KonspiracyKitty


you sound like a mirror image of myself....

i feed almost 40 cats a day at a few different locations and i make a difference in their lives.
 Quoting: thetrickybigguy


You better feed birds and other wildlife. You could make a difference in THEIR lifes. Cats are an invasive species and by feeding them, you harm nature and wildlife. Catch them and have them spayed and neutered. That would be a good thing to do.
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huh?
I'll have to read this later
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I have heard from another source that up to 50% of the population are infected with this parasite. Throughout my life, I have owned oh-so-many wonderful kittehs, so I am sure I contracted the parasite. No symptoms, but that doesn't mean much of anything with this one.

Currently I have a few kittehs. Three indoor kitties and then there are three outdoor kitties that belong to neighbors, but that I feed. I gladly serve them all and ask for nothing more than to further oblige them with a pet, brush, or ear rub.

I just cannot stand to see a hungry kitty, I must feed them. Or a dusty kitty from rolling around outside in the pollen. I must brush them! Or a kitteh with an itchy ear. I must scritch them!

One of the outdoor cats I take care of has one bad eye that is clearly blind. She also had a broken tooth, and after speaking to the owners I discovered she was LONG overdo for her kitty shots and they weren't planning on taking her to the vet ever again. They just didn't, and don't, give a damn.

So needless to say, I had to fix kitteh. I had to go without a lot of things that month to free up the hundreds of dollars that were spent examining her eye and making sure it wasn't infected or causing her pain or further damage, fixing her tooth, and making sure everything was healthy and nice and her shots were up to date.

I will take care of any and all kitties that need it even to my personal detriment.

Must. Serve. KITTEH.
 Quoting: KonspiracyKitty


you sound like a mirror image of myself....

i feed almost 40 cats a day at a few different locations and i make a difference in their lives.
 Quoting: thetrickybigguy


You better feed birds and other wildlife. You could make a difference in THEIR lifes. Cats are an invasive species and by feeding them, you harm nature and wildlife. Catch them and have them spayed and neutered. That would be a good thing to do.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1008526


in the last few years i have spent hundreds and hundreds doing just that...

there are so many and it is almost impossible to find homes for them.

and when i feed them they are less likely to harm other forms of wildlife because they are not starved to death.
Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living. ~

Life is about choices, you get to make them each and every day of your life. ~

Capitalization is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse.~

Only in America... do we use the word 'politics' to describe the process so well: 'Poli' in Latin meaning 'many' and 'tics' meaning 'bloodsucking creatures'.~

“When a government is dependent for money upon the bankers, they and not the government leaders control the nation. This is because the hand that gives is above the hand that takes. Financiers are without patriotism and without decency.”
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Here Kitty Kitty!!

I gotta say that I don't buy this at all. Besides, any pet that makes turds bigger than your own belongs in a zoo, not your backyard.

poop
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clappa
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Im getting that sinking feeling :dukesink:


ahhh
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so get a cat already.. they're awesome!
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So...


We are slaves to cats.


And the parasite, is also slave to the cat... because it depends on the cat for reproduction.


What can we deduce from this, considering the info linked in the OP?


1. The toxoplasma gondii parasite attaches to tissue in the brain... therefore it is linking itself to the brain of the host, and to the mind of the host.

2. The toxoplasma gondii parasite's goal is to be consumed by the cat.


Is toxoplasma gondii the tool of the felid species to 'spy' on (observe, communicate with) the human race? I'm sure you've heard about psychic experiences involving cats. I have experienced this, I'm sure plenty of you have, especially the ones with an affinity toward cats. Is the psychic link caused and/or strengthened by the toxoplasma gondii parasite?

From the posts on this thread, it would appear that cats have no trouble bending humans to their will... to be fed and cared for. It's effective to the point of obsession on the part of the human (there is nothing wrong with any of this, we must all have passion). But think about it.

Perhaps the function of the parasite is merely a mechanism to ensure the survival and perpetuation of the felid species.

The question is...

Are other species different? Do all species have some kind of mechanism like this?

For some reason... I'm thinking most of them don't (at least in the literal parasitical form). At least not such a widespread one.

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the parasite is in their urine and crap..keep your face out of the litter box.you are not eating their shit right,so chances are you wont be infected.if you feel you are go see a doctor for tests..them cats are taking over the world i tell ya evil little furballs
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the parasite is in their urine and crap..keep your face out of the litter box.you are not eating their shit right,so chances are you wont be infected.if you feel you are go see a doctor for tests..them cats are taking over the world i tell ya evil little furballs
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Dude, it's basically not even about being infected, or fear of being infected, or giving a flying fuck about being infected (unless you're pregnant). AT ALL.

The INTERESTING PART is the FUNCTION of the PARASITE and its relation to CATS.

How is this going over ANYONE'S head right now, seriously?
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Lately, I've been having submandibular lymph node swelling, headaches, and body aches, accompanied by the strong urge to acquire a pet cat.

Where am I going with this?



Toxoplasmosis.

Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease caused by the protozoan Toxoplasma gondii. The parasite infects most genera of warm-blooded animals, including humans, but the primary host is the felid (cat) family. Up to one third of the world's human population is estimated to carry a Toxoplasma infection.
 Quoting: [link to en.wikipedia.org]



Thoughts?

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holy smokes. my cats sense that i am having bad vibes about them right now. lol
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holy smokes. my cats sense that i am having bad vibes about them right now. lol
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I bet!


But as I've said on this thread...


I love cats, have always been a cat person, and I still really want a cat.


I will be slave to the cat, I don't care.


HOWEVER...


Just so you know. The whole... ya know, parasite thing.
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holy smokes. my cats sense that i am having bad vibes about them right now. lol
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I bet!


But as I've said on this thread...


I love cats, have always been a cat person, and I still really want a cat.


I will be slave to the cat, I don't care.


HOWEVER...


Just so you know. The whole... ya know, parasite thing.
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MO, this is a timely thread for me, because i have been having these prolonged flu-like symptoms (stiff achy joints, fatigue, brain fog, etc) and have been wracking my brain trying to figure out what's going on. so, this has peaked my interest.

i was actually thinking i live in a "sick building." have you heard of this?
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i was actually thinking i live in a "sick building." have you heard of this?
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Are you talking about a house that's got maybe some mould in it that you're not aware of, and it's making you sick??

Yep, I have heard of that. Maybe you should have your house checked for moulds and maybe have your water tested.
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Alligators and Crocks are afraid of cats (they are natural enemies). It is believed by some that cats were protection for the Egyptians from Nile Crocks.

Also, the Jaguar holds a high place in Aztec beliefs. Maybe Cats were brought here to protect people from Reptilians races?

Think about it, the Aztecs liked the Jaguar and have many reptilian beliefs as well, as do the Egyptians with Crocks.

Maybe the parasite was a weapon used by the Reptilians to control people after cats were used against the Reptilians?

Hmmm....

BTW, there are some really cool videos of tigers killing HUGE crocks in the wild, also of normal domestic cats running off big alligators in the southern states on the WEB.
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i was actually thinking i live in a "sick building." have you heard of this?
 Quoting: Salt




Are you talking about a house that's got maybe some mould in it that you're not aware of, and it's making you sick??

Yep, I have heard of that. Maybe you should have your house checked for moulds and maybe have your water tested.
 Quoting: Mister Obvious


i live in a townhome complex. the management here run this place like a Gestapo concentration camp. the buildings have all kinds of health issues, i suspect. i have 7 months and then we can move. i think mold is the main issue. also something going on with the furnace. we have this black dusty soot forming everywhere like every day.

but, a parasite also makes sense.
i dunno...
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The toxoplasma gondii parasites need vitamin B to live.
 Quoting: [link to www.thebody.com]

I've also been taking a lot of vitamin B supplements for the past several months.
 Quoting: Mister Obvious


The creature itself is encased like a cyst. It is in the feces of cats. It can get under the fingernail, penetrating the blood vessels.

If a woman is pregnant, it knows to travel through the bloodstream to the fetus. Once in the fetus it lodges in the brain,

However it is not limited to pregnant women. Everyone can get this parasite. So don't play with cat poop!

Think about how many litter boxes are full right now.
How many sand boxes in playgrounds have cat poop in them?

Hook Worms = dog poop
Toxoplasma Gondii = cat poop
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Alligators and Crocks are afraid of cats (they are natural enemies). It is believed by some that cats were protection for the Egyptians from Nile Crocks.

Also, the Jaguar holds a high place in Aztec beliefs. Maybe Cats were brought here to protect people from Reptilians races?

Think about it, the Aztecs liked the Jaguar and have many reptilian beliefs as well, as do the Egyptians with Crocks.

Maybe the parasite was a weapon used by the Reptilians to control people after cats were used against the Reptilians?

Hmmm....

BTW, there are some really cool videos of tigers killing HUGE crocks in the wild, also of normal domestic cats running off big alligators in the southern states on the WEB.
 Quoting: CATS VS ALIENS 6816010




Wow... interesting for sure!!! I'll have to look more into felines in ancient history.






i live in a townhome complex. the management here run this place like a Gestapo concentration camp. the buildings have all kinds of health issues, i suspect. i have 7 months and then we can move. i think mold is the main issue. also something going on with the furnace. we have this black dusty soot forming everywhere like every day.

but, a parasite also makes sense.
i dunno...
 Quoting: Salt



Sorry to hear that...

The 'black soot' thing definitely sounds fungal.

Please make sure to eat healthy...

Kale is VERY good for you... you should try to eat 2 cups of it every day.

Get your greens, and try to hang out outside and get fresh air as often as you can, or sit near an open window while you're inside (even if it's cold out).

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so get a cat already.. they're awesome!
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parasite is in cat poop. People clean litter box. Poop gets under fingernail. Poop enters bloodstream. Poopy parasite lodges in brain.
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So that's why the Crazy Cat Lady throws cats at people, to help the parasite spread.

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And get this--a huge jellico (black and white) cat just came to my home and moved right in. He refuses to leave, demands all kinds of food all day long and has really taken over. He even terrorizes my Yorkie just for amusement.

And what do I do? Why, cater to his every whim, of course. He is a beautiful cat with very healthy coat and has been extra well cared for. I put two ads in paper but so far no one has claimed him.

He's here to infect me, isn't he? Or maybe he already has. I wonder how long it takes.
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