[NAFEX] cat - the other white meat
lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu
Tue May 26 13:18:41 EDT 2009
At 10:58 AM 5/26/2009, you wrote:
>What critters is this repellent supposed to repel? If it's meant to
>repel rodents, smelling like a cat's litter box would probably work,
>since what rodent would want to hang out in a cat's litter box? If
>it smelled like that already, then it makes perfect sense that your
>cat would use it as one.
There was some research done, years ago, that indicated that rats
infected with Toxoplasma gondii had an unnatural attraction to the
smell of cat urine - was this the parasite's way of altering brain
function, thereby ensuring that the intermediate host it was
infecting would have the opportunity to be caught and eaten by the
appropriate definitive host? Seems like it.
An offshoot of that research also showed that women who entered into
multiple abusive relationships also had high antibody titers to
Toxoplasma.(No mention of whether they were attracted to cat urine).
>--- On Wed, 5/20/09, Lori Rizzo <larizzo at charter.net> wrote:
>From: Lori Rizzo <larizzo at charter.net>
>Subject: Re: [NAFEX] cat - the other white meat
>To: fuwafuwausagi at muchomail.com, "'North American Fruit Explorers'"
><nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
>Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 11:09 PM
>Well, all I can say is my cat's going to be a 'catsarole' if I find her
>crapping in the lettuce garden one more time! Just spent $20 on "critter
>repellent" and saw her sitting in the garden doing her thing the very next
>morn..the stuff is supposed to last 30 days - I'm writing the company
>because I used enough for triple the size of the plot.
>Lori Rizzo, RN BSN MBA
>Health Care Quality Improvement
>Pet Training & Behavior Improvement!
>larizzo at charter.net
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