Cat litter, suicide link in women
7 Healthcast: Cat litter, suicide link in women
Everyone's pet drives them crazy but scientists said there could be a link between cat litter and suicide attempts among women.
A new study showed that is women infected with the common parasite found in cat litter are more likely to attempt suicide. The parasite is usually harmless but one doctor said it's a good reminder for expectant mothers and those with weak immune systems.
“I think individuals should not get rid of the family cat based on this study. I think it's a good time to think about the importance of good hygiene and handling pets,” said Dr. Angela Marshall, Director of Comprehensive Women’s Health.
Doctors were also quick to point out that cat litter is not the most common way people become infected. Most are exposed to the parasite by eating undercooked meat or drinking contaminated water.