Why are some rats not afraid of cats?

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    SQ

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    Rats are prey animals and normally become frightened or terrified when they smell a predator such as a cat

    Please see the article: https://www.scientificamerican.com/...infected-rats-love-their-11-08-17/?redirect=1

    Is this brain parasite ok and harmless in rats???

    I have no idea but …. it causes cysts in the brain, is a "long term infection" and long term infections can cause various health issues such as neurodegenerative diseases and brain inflammation
    see https://nutritionfacts.org/video/toxoplasmosis-a-manipulative-foodborne-brain-parasite/

    and https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0023277

    I guess the good news for rat owners (and other humans) is that an infected rat needs to be eaten in order to spread the parasite dormant in their brains - which is why infected rats and mice like predators such as cats
     
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    My cats are terrified of my baby nuggets. They showed some insane intrest in meeting them so i put my cats on a leash and, while holding him in my lap, let my ratties come up to me to say hi to the giant rat on his own. The second my rat, Rous, touched my knee, my cat Pippin booked it for the door XD needless to say, I am not worried for my ratties safety around my cats!
     
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