Why it is dangerous to sleep with cats: health warnings

By SSPDaily editionJan 19, 2024 20:30 PMLife
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Why it is dangerous to sleep with cats. Source: www.thewildest.com

In our homes, pets become the most precious members of the family. Their playful antics, soothing purrs, and warm presence provide comfort and companionship. It is not surprising that many people love to cuddle with their cats, even inviting them to their bed for a night of cozy sleep. However, this affection hides serious health problems that many pet owners may not even be aware of.

Scientists and doctors in their recent studies have been unequivocal on this issue: sharing a bed with a feline friend can potentially carry serious health risks.

A seemingly harmless domestic cat can unwittingly become a carrier of many diseases, including those that can be transmitted to humans. One of the most dangerous is Toxoplasma gondii, an intracellular parasite. Researchers at Copenhagen University Hospital have found that this parasite, when it enters the human body, increases the risk of developing schizophrenia by a staggering 50%. This discovery highlights the often underestimated risks associated with our beloved pets.

But Toxoplasma gondii is just the tip of the iceberg. Cats can carry hundreds of diseases, ranging from various parasitic infections to dermatitis. Even if your feline friend is a pet that is regularly groomed and dewormed, he or she can still be a source of infection for various diseases.

One aspect of the problem that is often overlooked is how cats use their litter boxes. After they defecate, they carefully bury their waste. However, germs remain, cling to their paws and inevitably spread throughout the house. Even frequent bathing of cats, which is not recommended for animals, cannot completely eliminate the risk of infection.

For families with small children, the risks are even more significant. It is strictly forbidden to allow infants and young children to sleep with cats. Their immune systems are still developing and are poorly adapted to fight pathogenic bacteria and germs that animals can carry.

Beyond the health risks, some believe that a cat's choice of where to sleep has a deeper meaning. Esotericists suggest that a cat sleeping at your feet is a sign of absorbing and cleansing negative energy. Your feline companion seems to act as a furry "doctor", relieving you of physical discomfort.

Likewise, if your cat sleeps near your head or on a pillow, it may indicate that you need to rest your brain. You may have been busy with mentally exhausting work or have accumulated negative thoughts that need to be released. Some even believe that a cat's choice of sleeping location may be a subtle signal that the owner is approaching illness.

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