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Monday, June 20, 2005

Sex Kittens vs. Alley Cats

Some research just makes you squirm, and when the research applies to your brain and your behavior directly, it's even more worrisome. After having four different cats in my home over the years, 2 of which are especially fond of sleeping on my head, it's almost certain that I'm infected. So, I can look forward to a life of becoming less trustworthy and more attractive. Meanwhile, Rick is doomed to a life of increasing unattractiveness and antisocial behavior. We both can look forward to a greater risk of schizophrenia and manic depression. Oh goody.

Still, Pixel was so happy to have us both home working around the house yesterday. He tipped over his basket of toys and played with all of them. I felt like a mom as I picked up all of his toys and put them away before going to bed. As I cooked dinner, he wound himself around my legs and flopped over on the kitchen rug. Curled up on sofa to watch Neverwhere, he planted himself in the crook of my leg, with his chin on my heel. He woke me up at 6:30 because he just needed to be snuggled. I dozed back off with a purring cat curled up in my arm. I guess if I'm going to be infected with a wacky parasite, at least I get a really cute companion out of the deal.

4 Comments:

  • Everything is deadly. Everything will kill you. Just choose the things you really enjoy so that you're not wasting your time...like kittens.

    By Blogger Flonkbob, at 10:54 AM  

  • That's just kinda freaky. 80-90% infected seems really high. I'm skeptical about that. Also I gotta think there was research, they could find an antibiotic or something that would wipe it out.
    ...in the mean time, enjoy being a sex kitten. :)

    By Blogger Chris S, at 1:04 PM  

  • Here are some links about it
    http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dpd/parasites/toxoplasmosis/factsht_toxoplasmosis.htm

    http://www.tigr.org/tdb/e2k1/tga1/

    By Blogger Chris S, at 1:13 PM  

  • On the other hand,
    having a cat can add 10 years to your life.

    http://www.capetimes.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=272&fArticleId=2188215

    By Blogger Chris S, at 11:27 PM  

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