Your cats’ feces contain parasites that may cause cancer, along with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, according to a published study in the journal “Nature”.
Diseases that cats spread to humans are divided into two categories, parasitic infections and bacterial/viral infections. There aren’t a lot of diseases that can be contacted from cats to humans.
Toxoplasmosis and rabies are the only two that can be potentially fatal or come with some serious consequences to healthy people. 30% of healthy cats carry a parasite known as “Taxoplasma gondii”, according to the study, this parasite remains in their feces and can alter over 1000 cancer-related genes.
It was also discovered that countries with higher rates of human T. gondii infection usually have more reports of brain cancer.
You are at a greater risk of getting Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or epilepsy due to the parasite producing proteins that alter signals from the brain cells.
The parasite has a complicated life cycle but can only breed inside cats, which then pass their microscopic eggs, spreading the infection.
So far, pregnant women are advised to avoid feces because cats can cause miscarriage, with fetal development problems, especially the brain and eyes.
They are mainly advised not to empty cat litter trays, as the parasite can be fatal to unborn babies, and now it seems the health risks may extend to other people.
The author of the study, Dr. Denise Stendler of the University of Tufts of America, that children who have been exposed to this parasite in the uterus more susceptible to the disease of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and epilepsy even if the baby was born completely normal.
No signs of diseases or any abnormality can be discovered when the baby is born.You are at a greater risk of these diseases because the cats’ parasites release proteins that can disrupt communication between your brain cells, subsequently causing brain damage.
Most people have cats in their houses but not everyone knows this information, this might change your mind if you’re thinking about getting a pet cat, maybe tortoises aren’t so bad after all.