Toxoplasmosis & Pregnancy
I’m not an infectionist, but I have no immunity to toxoplasmosis and I have a cat so I know something about this. Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a parasite that can threaten the health of an unborn child if catching for the first time during pregnancy. There’s a myth pregnant woman have to get rid of her cat to prevent toxoplasmosis. It’s a noncence. If you are immune to toxoplasmosis, your baby is safe anyway (ask your health care provider for special test).
– about half of toxoplasmosis infections are caused by raw or undercooked infected meat
– but you can also catch toxoplasmosis from unwashed contaminated produce, contaminated water, soil, unpasteurised milk & cheese, cat litter, or meat and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
So as you can see you need to get rid of your beloved pet – it’s not the main source of toxoplasmosis:
– only new infected cats are dangerous.
– the oocysts become infectious 24 hours to 5 days (according to different sources) after they’re excreted.
Just take some extra precautions:
– don’t eat old kitten poo.
– empty the litter box daily.
– wear gloves and wash your hands well after the litter box.
– some experts also suggest wearing a mask in case any particles become airborne when the litter is stirred up.
– never feed the cat raw or undercooked meat, keep your cat indoors and off the dining table.
– wash your hands before eating
– don’t get a new cat while you’re pregnant
– don’t play with stray cats or kittens.
Cat is a family member! Love it!