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!