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  1. I first saw this on our local Cats Protection facebook page and it made me so annoyed I had to comment.
    It seems cats get blamed for everything by people who simply hate them and want everyone else to hate them too.
    I said in my comment that at least it’s a change from cats getting blamed for decimating wild birds, another fallacy to try to get others to hate cats too. It’s untrue anyway, whilst cats may catch some birds it’s Natures way of survival of the fittest. It’s the ever breeding human race who have taken birds habitat away and who use pesticides and pollute the air etc. A feral cat is blamed for killing a bird for food to survive, yet a ‘sportsman’ is allowed to blast birds from the sky for fun!
    Also, maybe senior cat ladies (and men too) are more at risk of suicide as they care so much about others and animals and the environment, sometimes the horrors of this world really get to caring people and they can’t take any more.
    I know sometimes I feel that way, that my heart can’t hold any more sadness and pain, that this world isn’t the place I want to be, that I don’t belong here where there is so much selfishness and greed and cruelty.
    I can well imagine a person tipped over the edge with those thoughts and unable to take it any more.
    In my opinion people don’t commit suicide because of some cat parasite in their brain, they do it because they care so much that they feel they can’t go on living.

    • Yes, Ruth, you make a point I failed to make. People who care for cats are sensitive to the plight of animals. This makes life more difficult for them. And women who like cats are often intelligent people. This means they think and are concerned. When you have these qualities life is more difficult because all around you there is something that hurts you emotionally. This may have an impact on suicide rates. If you are a basic, unthinking alpha male businessman you are fine in this world. It is made for you and by you.

      Michael

  2. Its an outrageous article that has been published all over the World and have read the article in Mumbai.I am a non-smoker but could contract the disease by just cycling on Mumbai’s traffic congested roads inhaling the automobile fumes as could other commuters in other parts of the World in their city’s.I personally feel that the cat has been receiving a lot of bad press long before the invention of the official media.There could be various reasons for elderly or lonely women committing suicide other than being owners of cats.Agreed, the cat is a carrier of this parasite but definitely not the reason for its owners committing suicide.In human living there are numerous occurences in daily living that affects directly or indirectly the quality of life and hence just one reason can’t be blamed for a good or bad syndrome.

    • Absolutely, Rudolph and in fact, the cat probably prolongs the lives of millions of older ladies! They actually achieve the opposite to what the article suggests.

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