Could there be a cure for cancer in your cat’s litter box? Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite whose primary host is the cat. T. gondii causes toxoplasmosis, a rare disease whose highest risk does not come from cat feces, but from eating raw or undercooked meat or unwashed fruit and vegetables, or from gardening in contaminated soil. Cats have been much maligned in the press in recent years for being carriers of this parasite, but a recent study may change this perception. The study found that T. gondii stimulates the immune system a manner that parallels how the immune system attacks a tumor. This means that T. gondii could be a building block for a future cancer vaccine. Read the full story on Science Daily.
If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we told you what you need to know about GMO in cat food, on Tuesday, we informed you about the benefits and risks of vaccines, on Wednesday, Allegra and Ruby told you how they took care of me when I was under the weather, on Thursday, we reviewed Tiki Cat’s new Gourmet Carnivore line of food, and on Friday, I shared a presentation about Spirit Essences Holistic Remedies with you that I presented at the National Capital Cat Show.
Kitten Associates kitten Piglet is back this week in an off the scale cute video. Enjoy!
Have a great weekend!
Photo via Science Daily