A new study from the July 2 issue of Archives of General Psychiatry showed that women infected with the Toxoplasma gondii parasite found in some cats’ feces were 1.5 times more likely to try to take their own life than those who were not infected.
Researchers looked at over 46,000 Danish women who gave birth between 1992 and 1995 and whose babies were screened for T. gondii antibodies. The researchers found an increase in suicide risk for women that corresponded with the levels of parasite antibodies found in the children’s blood tests. Seventy-eight women had a violent suicide attempt, which may have involved guns, sharp instruments or jumping from high places, which suggests an 81 percent risk increase for infected women.
If you think your cat would be capable of homicide to get what they want, now it appears that cats are using biological warfare against their human overlords as a subtle tactic to manipulate the human race. Rather than commit suicide, it’s probably best to gently submit to the demands of your cat and then everything will be all right.