Owning A Cat Raises Risk Of Schizophrenia? Study Reveals A Mysterious Association Between The Two

Researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia reviewed 17 studies and found a 2.35 times higher likelihood of Schizophrenia in cat owners. Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness affecting behavior, thoughts, and feelings. It is believed to be caused by a combination of genetics, brain chemistry, and environment. The study has received criticism for not considering other contributing factors and not providing an explanation for the possible link. A 1995 study explored the possibility of developing Schizophrenia in cat owners from the parasite Toxoplasma gondii commonly found in cats, which could alter behavior and neurotransmitter function in animals and cause symptoms similar to schizophrenia in humans.

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