Cat Urine And Bactirea From Raw Meat

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Renee - June 12

Is cat urine and bactirea from raw meat bad for a pregnant women and why? Please be specific.


dee francis - September 18



randi - September 18

i was told from my doctor that it was, she didnt say why though


Gina - September 18

because it can carry toxoplasmosis, an infection a__sociated with miscarriages and birth defects, though it's more cat feces far as I know. They can also carry other infections, like e. coli and other not fun stuff.


LRK - September 18

Yup, cat feces and raw or undercooked meat can carry toxoplasmosis. You can get tested to see if you have an immunity because you have had it before. I tested negative, although I have 3 cats, so I have to be careful. Husband does the cat litter and I can't eat any yummy medium rare steak! I have heard that if a mother contracts toxoplasmosis during pregnancy, the worst damage can occur early in pregnancy, with effects lessening later. However, there is less of a chance of the mother pa__sing the bacteria on to her child in the early stages. Not sure how true, but I read it when I was researching it.


Mandi - September 20

The concern with this pathogen (Toxoplasmosis gondii) is that is pa__sed the blood brain berrier. In other words, it is one of the parasites that are able to cross over the placenta and infect your child in utero. I was tested for Toxo early in pregnancy, and tested negative...this is one of the only things that I would have rather tested positive for during pregancy. Apparently, if you are exposed to the parasite earlier in life, you develop and immunity to it....therefore, if you come into contact with it while pregnant you won't have any need to worry. I worked at an animal shelter for 2.5 years and later at a vet hospital for 3.5 years, and never contracted the condition. If infected, there are no symptoms, so most women never know whether or not they have come into contact with it. I was rather surprised that I had never come into contact with it, even working around animals for 6+ years and having an indoor/outdoor cat for most of my life. Since I tested negative, I have my boyfriend clean the litter pan just to be on the safe side, but the risk of contracting the toxo during this stage of the lifecycle is rather slim. However, ingesting undercooked meats, especially red meats is the primary way of coming into contact with this parasite. I work with a woman who never had a cat her entire life, but she tested positive. She is from Romania and it is common to eat raw, rare, and undercooked meats in European areas....hence, why she tested positive for the toxo. I would say just to play it safe, stay away for ALL undercooked meats (even fish).....and if you have a cat, have someone else change the litter pan. If you want to know more about the pathogenesis of Toxoplasmosis gondii, check the internet, but I think I have covered most of it here. Hope this helps.....appears as though that cla__s I took in animal parasitology has helped me explain this to you (I knew that cla__s would pay off someday). Best of luck.


Mandi - September 20

Here is the link for the lifecycle (pictures) ---



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