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PARIS: At least one running argument among cat lovers is now over: Whiskers, Lucy and Tigger are definitely better off staying indoors, scientists reported Wednesday. Pet cats allowed outdoors, in fact, are nearly three times as likely to become infected with pathogens or parasites than those confined to quarters, they reported in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.Two-legged housemates should also take note because cats aka Felis catus can transmit some of those diseases to humans, the authors said. The effects were consistent for almost all of the diseases, including feline roundworm and the single-cell parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, both of which can affect humans.Wild cats were likely first drawn to human communities in search of rodents, and were domesticated some 5,000 years ago.
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