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DANGER! Cat Poo Could KILL You!

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Cat Poop Could Kill You!

Cats poo about 1.2 million metric tons of doo doo in the environment every year in the U.S. alone. That's over 2.6 BILLION pounds of cat dookie!

That's absolutely disgusting!

Some of that poop has an infectious parasite in it called Toxoplasma gondii, which can cause toxoplasmosis in normally healthy people.

New research has linked toxoplasmosis to schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, rheumatoid arthritis, brain cancer and much more.

The director of the Stanley Medical Research Institute said:

"The accumulation of Toxoplasma gondii oocysts, found in cat feces, may be a much bigger problem than we realize because of their apparent long life and their association with some diseases."

Certain backyards and communities have been found to have over 400 oocysts per square foot!!

That is so grossssss!

So if you have a cat, make sure to keep litter boxes and poo poo areas clean! Wear gloves! Wash your hands!

Stay safe or else cat poo could kill you!!

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6 comments to “DANGER! Cat Poo Could KILL You!”



  1. 1

    Its only dangerous to pregnant women!! This is such old news. When I was pregnant 30 damn years ago my doctor told me not to change the kitty litter, so my husband did it. BIG DEAL!!

  2. Miranda says – reply to this


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    Re: VeronicaSharon – are you stupid??? I got toxoplasmosis when I was ten years old!!! And definitely NOT pregnant. It's a blood disease, I had surgery….. And I will always test positive for it forever…. Get your facts straight

  3. danielle says – reply to this


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    Re: VeronicaSharon – yeah im w miranda.. you need to take extra precautions w pregnant women but its dangerous for everyone… although it can be prevented by taking the appropiate measures w your cat…

  4. Crystal says – reply to this


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    I'm with all of you guys. This is old news and it doesn't even tell the whole story. Perez I like you but please stick to celebrity gossip… :)



  5. 5

    is it harmful to dogs? my puppy cannot stop eating my cats poo! (indoor cats. litterbox)

  6. Melissa says – reply to this


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    We've known for years it is dangerous to people with compromised immune systems and pregnant women, but it is not dangerous to normal, healthy people. It normally does not kill a healthy individual. Accoring to the CDC:

    "More than 60 million men, women, and children in the U.S. carry the Toxoplasma parasite, but very few have symptoms because the immune system usually keeps the parasite from causing illness.

    However, women newly infected with Toxoplasma during pregnancy and anyone with a compromised immune system should be aware that toxoplasmosis can have severe consequences."

    Posting crap like "DANGER! CAT POO CAN KILL YOU!" is ridiculous and will cause unneccessary panic. Maybe include some facts in your story.