Dear Anonymous and all. Ever since reading a few years ago that rodents infected with toxoplasmosis lose their fear of cats (very bad for a mouse; very good for a cat and a toxoplasmosmis parasite living inside the cat), I began to wonder if there might be a connection between the parasite and cat hoarding.
Might infection in a human cause some sort of affinity for cats beyond what we would consider normal cat fancying?
I think someone should study this. Meanwhile it is good to see that others besides me are wondering about a possible connection.
Hi Mary… thanks for posing the question. I have heard of this but never seen anything solid that supports the theory.
People who hoard cats are sometimes mentally ill, it is said. Toxoplasmosis can caue psychosis (a type of severe mental illness) and affect thinking.
So there would seem to be a potential for it to cause cat hoarding. But as I said I have not, as yet, seen anyone link up the two definitively.