another reason why I don't have Cats!

Would have beena great fiction story...if it was fiction
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another reason why I don't have Cats!

Post by DougallStrange » Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:45 pm

I just heard about this on stuff you should know and I think everybody should know

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasmosis
Unnamable Cthuloid horrors, crumble rock, rusts scissors and inscribes paper with blasphemous secrets that cause your eyeballs to explode while your tongue catches fire from the unholy hymns your crazed mind forces you to scream out.

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Post by StalinSays » Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:48 pm

Though not directly referenced, it does add a sinister edge to this story:
http://www.livescience.com/animals/090713-cats-cry.html

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Post by alhilton » Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:22 pm

I know this is drabblecast forums (and therefore not serious), but I spent a little while in vet school, and toxo is a commonly cover topic. A woman gets pregnant and all of the sudden the family panics and wants to euthanize their cat. The vet is presented with a confused, beloved pet and the tearful couple who thinks they need to kill their cat to protect their baby. The vet is asked for advice. Here's the deal:

Toxo is something you get once, like chicken pox. It's only dangerous to the fetus during the acute phase. If a woman is truly scared, she can be tested for antibodies. If she's got them, then the fetus is safe. At some point in her life, she had a "flu" that was toxoplasmosis, and (baring unusual circumstances like HIV infection) she can't get the acute disease again.

Likewise, for the cat, toxo is something a cat gets once. The cat is infectious for a few weeks and never again. The chance that the stars will allign for an unexposed woman to meet a cat during the few infectious weeks in its entire life and consume some of its feces - VERY rare.

Yes, it can happen, which is why husbands clean litter boxes during pregnancy. But it's unusual. All kinds of much more common things put a fetus at greater risk than the presence of a cat at home.

Companion animals represent a degree of risk. There are a handful of diseases they can give you. Humans, on the other hand, can give you thousands of diseases. Walk through a crowded airport, and you've just exposed yourself to all kinds of dangerous stuff (which your immune system usually handles admirably). Children are notoriously infectious agents. Driving, having sex, flying, eating meat, getting up in the morning - it's all dangerous. Life is a cost-benefit analysis. To me, owning a cat is low risk and highly entertaining.

*adjusts her tinfoil hat* Oh, wait...I think I hear their empathetic cries! I'm off to trail a feather across the floor.
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Post by Phenopath » Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:36 pm

Got to love the zoonoses.

There is a top toxoplasmosis reference in Trainspotting...

http://www.cswap.com/1996/Trainspotting ... ps/a/01_08

"The kitten was fine."

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Post by Mr. Tweedy » Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:00 pm

alhilton wrote:Children are notoriously infectious agents. Driving, having sex, flying, eating meat, getting up in the morning - it's all dangerous.
But I've done all those things!! How long have I got, doc? Be honest.
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Post by alhilton » Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:14 pm

Mr. Tweedy wrote:
alhilton wrote:Children are notoriously infectious agents. Driving, having sex, flying, eating meat, getting up in the morning - it's all dangerous.
But I've done all those things!! How long have I got, doc? Be honest.
Depends on whether a cat was involved.
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Post by zZzacha » Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:55 pm

alhilton wrote:
Mr. Tweedy wrote:
alhilton wrote:Children are notoriously infectious agents. Driving, having sex, flying, eating meat, getting up in the morning - it's all dangerous.
But I've done all those things!! How long have I got, doc? Be honest.
Depends on whether a cat was involved.
The absolute most dangerous thing to do: have sex with a pregnant cat on the litterbox and then get up in the morning. That's a definite no-no.
Well... unless you're the Notoriously Infectious Agent, of course. He's tough, he's NIA.
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Post by Goldenrat » Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:40 am

alhilton wrote: Yes, it can happen, which is why husbands clean litter boxes during pregnancy.
I got suckered in to that deal. 18 months of my life cleaning that sand box of hell.
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Post by alhilton » Tue Aug 04, 2009 7:34 am

Goldenrat wrote:I got suckered in to that deal. 18 months of my life cleaning that sand box of hell.
:shock: 18 months? Sounds like the pregnancy from hell. Oh, wait, I get it; two kids. Clearly you suffered.
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Post by StalinSays » Fri Aug 07, 2009 9:20 pm

Yet another reason to not own a cat:

http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/20 ... hotos.html

Ok, look, yes, it's terrible. But at least I had the class to not use my original set-up. Some of you know my real name, afterall.

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Post by Phenopath » Sat Aug 08, 2009 9:25 pm

More cat related horror...

"We can't know for certain that it was Wilbur, but it is very, very likely."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/glou ... 191355.stm

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Re: LOLcat

Post by zZzacha » Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:32 pm

StalinSays wrote:Yet another reason to not own a cat:

http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/20 ... hotos.html

Ok, look, yes, it's terrible. But at least I had the class to not use my original set-up. Some of you know my real name, afterall.
When I read the article, I thought it was a wonderful reason to _have_ pets, so you can blame them for all your criminal actions.
That burglary? My dog did it! Tax evasion? My bird filled out the wrong forms. Bank robbery? My goldfish! Don't know how he did it, but he's a smart one!
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Re: LOLcat

Post by StalinSays » Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:43 pm

"Sir, studies shown dogs have the equivalent intelligence of a 2 year old. It therefore seems highly unlikely that Patches handled the accounting for your home business and is to blame for a half decade of tax fraud. Frankly, if you had stuck to your original story of the meddling neighborhood wild parrot, you might have stood a chance."

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Post by Phenopath » Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:22 pm

Here is yet another cat story where all is not what it seems.

"Cat saves man from burning house"

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/berk ... 195156.stm

Apparently the cat woke the sleeping man by "clawing at his face".

However what is not reported is that the cat only did this after taking a shit in the man's slipper. What I would like to know is how many people have been woken by this 'hero' cat by having their faces clawed, who were not asleep in a buring house? Huh? HUH?

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a killer

Post by StalinSays » Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:58 pm

Hero cat. Pssshhhh.

That's like calling Mark David Chapman a true patriot. This thing was on the attack and a house fire wasn't going to stand in its way.

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