Why Cat Owners Are More Prone To Road Rage

Are you a cat person or a dog person? If you’re the former, you’ll want to listen up. A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry has drawn a link between toxoplasmosis, which is transmitted through the feces of infected cats, and intermittent explosive disorder (IED) and increased aggression. An estimated 30 percent of all humans carry the parasitic infection, which can also be transmitted through under-cooked meat or contaminated water. Researchers looked at 358 adults who were evaluated for IED, personality disorder, depression and other psychiatric disorders. A blood test revealed that individuals diagnosed with IED were more than twice as likely to test positive for toxoplasmosis exposure (22 percent) compared with the healthy control group (9 percent.) Study co-author Dr. Royce Lee notes, “Correlation is not causation, and this is definitely not a sign that people should get rid of their cats. We don’t yet understand the mechanisms involved…Our study signals the need for more research and more evidence in humans.” (Fox)