Scary disease is turning cats into ‘living robots’


Cats in the U.K. have come down with a strange ailment that turns them into “living robots.” Twenty-one reported cases of “staggering disease” have been reported in rural Scotland, with the victims’ movements becoming progressively more robotic and stiff. Bizarrely, one of the earliest symptoms is seen when the cats become “over-affectionate.” There is no cure for the disease, which has also cropped up in Sweden and Austria, and most of the cats with the illness survived just 11 months after symptoms first appeared. Vets are so far stumped by the disorder, but believe that something in the cats’ environment might be overstimulating their immune system.