Health & Fitness

Say what meow? Owning a cat could be making your PMS worse


Taylor Swift and cat.

Kitty-loving ladies, we have some bad news. Some very, very bad news.

A new study released by Juarez University of Durango State, Mexico, has suggested that owning a cat might be making your PMS even worse.

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The study says that PMS, or premenstrual syndrome (fun fact: PMS affects half of all women), can be effected by a parasite found in cat excrement. If the paper is to be believed, the parasite — toxoplasma gondii —eo might be a cause of PMS' most extreme form, PMDD or premenstrual dysphoric disorder, which can cause anxiety and depression. The presence of said gross parasite has also been linked to infections which can cause mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia.

The study revealed that, out of the women surveyed, the ones who had contracted the virus also suffered from the same kind of symptoms we usually associate with PMDD, including "irritability, depression, mood lability, anxiety, feelings of ‘loss of control’, difficulty concentrating and fatigue".

And, although the researchers disclaim their report by saying only a small amount of women were surveyed and that any treatment or diagnosis should be undertaken with caution and care, they also suggest you clean out your litter box regularly and wear gloves whilst doing so.

Pregnant women, who can be affected severely by the parasite, are advised not to do it at all.