Free-roaming cats spread toxoplasmosis

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A new study linking cats, toxoplasmosis, and human brain function has become a widely covered news story. It provides a new perspective on the impact of tens of millions of free-roaming in the United States.

“We hope this interest in toxoplasmosis will encourage decision-makers to take another look at pet ordinances — and compel more cat owners to keep their pets safely contained,” said ABC’s Steve Holmer, Vice President of Policy.

The parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, Toxoplasma gondii, depends on cats to complete its life-cycle and is spread through cat feces.

“While cats make beloved pets, cats left outdoors are decimating wildlife, with more than 2 billion birds killed by cats each year in the United States alone,” said Holmer. “As recent news shows, there is substantial scientific documentation on the hazard free-roaming cats can pose to humans, too.”

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