CAT BITES and depression in their owners

How are cat bites and scratches with depressive disorder in the host? Researchers from the University of Michigan found that the more a cat bites, the more likely the depression from the owner, the website Health. To detect a link between depression and Pets, the researchers conducted a study among cat owners. Health statistics for 10 years has determined that all of the people who go to the hospital after a cat bite, 41% were in need of medical treatment of depression at some point in their life.

Researchers have proposed several explanations for the connection between cat bites and depression. The most boring, but the obvious theory is that people are more likely to get cats, if they lack communication and support of family or friends. They are already suffering from depression – perhaps undiagnosed – and they have a higher chance of being bitten by a cat. After all, cats are not as friendly as, for example, a dog, and not always give to pet.

According to the second theory, cats bite more often when they feel the changing mood of the owner. Cats may feel depressed at the body language of the owner. Many Pets will bite in response to aggression, which the man himself is almost not aware of. For example, humans, depressed patients often avoid eye contact. Pet can “see” those changes that occur at the subconscious level of the person.

The third theory points directly to the increase in cases of depression after being bitten by cats, if after being bitten by the blood does a feline parasite – Toxoplasma gondii. This single-celled parasite can infect all warm-blooded animals, but breeds only in the body of cats. In people infection with Toxoplasma is associated with a risk of depression and schizophrenia. However, biting is a rare case of transmission of the parasite.

Toxoplasma gondii usually remain in the feces of cats, infection may occur through contact with contaminated water or food. Bitten among cat owners, the vast majority were women. What theory would you choose, if your cat often bites you need to be mindful of mood swings. After all, statistics show that the risk of depression you have raised.
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