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Parasite in cats linked to learning difficulties in children — 8 Comments

  1. Society is unwilling to plant the blame where it needs to be when it comes to the learning difficulties with children.
    Parents won’t accept any responsibility even though they have never helped their child with any assignment.
    Teachers can’t accept any responsibility since authorities and parents won’t let them do their jobs.
    It’s convenient to look anywhere for blame other than humans.

  2. Cats have lived closely alongside humans for thousands of years. Yet we are expected to believe that learning difficulties experienced by the current generation of children is due to contamination from cats! Perhaps they’d like to explain why previous generations of children were not affected in the same way.

    The causes of learning difficulty in children are many and varied. Scapegoating cats instead of tackling the real causes is not going to help solve the problem.

      • It sure is, Dee. The timing of that article is really curious. On the flip side we’ve all seen the exact same charge leveled against wild birds. I did some research as I was posting, and I came up with this:


        Birds and their droppings can carry over 60 diseases. Examples of transmissible bird diseases associated with pigeons, geese, starling and house sparrows:

        Histoplasmosis is a respiratory disease that may be fatal. It results from a fungus growing in dried bird droppings.

        Candidiasis is a yeast or fungus infection spread by pigeons. The disease affects the skin, the mouth, the respiratory system, the intestines and the urogenital tract, especially the vagina. It is a growing problem for women, causing itching, pain and discharge.

        Cryptococcosis is caused by yeast found in the intestinal tract of pigeons and starlings. The illness often begins as a pulmonary disease and may later affect the central nervous system. Since attics, cupolas, ledges, schools, offices, warehouses, mills, barns, park buildings, signs, etc. are typical roosting and nesting sites, the fungus is apt to found in these areas.

        St. Louis Encephalitis, an inflammation of the nervous system, usually causes drowsiness, headache and fever. It may even result in paralysis, coma or death. St. Louis encephalitis occurs in all age groups, but is especially fatal to persons over age 60. The disease is spread by mosquitoes which have fed on infected house sparrow, pigeons and house finches carrying the Group B virus responsible for St. Louis encephalitis.

        Salmonellosis often occurs as “food poisoning” and can be traced to pigeons, starlings and sparrows. The disease bacteria are found in bird droppings; dust from droppings can be sucked through ventilators and air conditioners, contaminating food and cooking surfaces in restaurants, homes and food processing plants.

        E.coli. Cattle carry E. coli 0157:H7. When birds peck on cow manure, the E. coli go right through the birds and the bird droppings can land on or in a food or water supply.

        Besides being direct carriers of disease, nuisance birds are frequently associated with over 50 kinds of ectoparasites, which can work their way throughout structures to infest and bite humans. About two-thirds of these pests may be detrimental to the general health and well-being of humans and domestic animals. The rest are considered nuisance or incidental pests.

        All of that sounds a heck of a lot more serious than any alleged bug a cat might harbor. Oh, I know, let’s go out and slaughter all the bird life we possibly can! Who’s with me?

        Oooh, I think I just did a Woody. Sorry.

        I knew a person who once bought and flipped an abandoned firehouse that had holes in the roof. Victor said the worst part of the renovation was clearing out the bird nests and cleaning up the droppings. He said he wasn’t taking any chances and went out and bought a haz-mat suit for the job. After the job was done he ditched the entire suit and decontaminated himself from head to toe. Twice.

        I’ve had cats all my life, and will continue to have them until the day I die. Any medical problems I have are definitely not cat-related.

  3. The “study” performed to come to the conclusion that cats are responsible for children’s disabilities is false! Everyone (parents, siblings, children, etc.) in my family grew up around indoor/outdoor cats. None of us ever had learning disabilities of any kind, with the exception of occasional laziness. If one was able to dig deep enough into the background of these authors, one would most likely find that the author is anti-cat/dog or what ever kind of animal the article is about.

  4. Seems like another way to malign the cat by those who don’t like cats. Strange that the author didn’t indicate their name.

    • It is sad that cats take such a horrific beating. In the human judicial system, one is innocent until proven guilty, but in the animal world, all are guilty unless it is convenient for the human.

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