Public Service Announcement: Cats Make Kids Stupid

Cats could be making children stupid, according to research that links a parasite carried by the animals with falling reading and memory aptitude in young people.  A study has found performance at school could be affected by Toxoplasma gondii, a single-celled organism that infects about a third of the world’s population and hides in cells in the brain and muscles, often without producing symptoms.  Researchers found the parasite, which grows in the guts of cats and can be spread through contact with faeces, has been linked to reduced memory and reading skills in school-aged children.  Previous research had already linked the parasite to brain tumours in animals. There is also other evidence that Toxoplasma gondii has effects on the brain leading to changes in behaviour.

Go ahead, keep that cat.  Your kids will ‘thank you’ one day

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I am a Pastor, and Lecturer in Church History and Biblical Studies at Ming Hua Theological College.
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