Avoid Cats

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Me - November 9

Avoiding them certainly reduces the risk, especially outdoor cats. However, if you have someone else change the litterpan or wear gloves (better yet a mask too) you should be fine. It should be changed 2 or 3 times a day, never let it sit for 24 hours.

 

Me - November 9

Worms shouldn't alarm you, most can't affect us and the ones that can are difficult to get. Although, keeping them wormed is highly recommended for their health.

 

Steph - November 10

There are always complications and bad things that can happen from many things you get into during pregnancy. I have a cat and so far everything has been fine - she stays indoors all the time and my husband changes the litter box ever since we found out I was pregnant. I have been scratched by her many times, but nothing has come of it yet - I am 38 weeks. It's too bad this happened to your Aunt and her daughter. It's nice of you to offer your experience and advice, but you also have to remember that this is probably a rare occa__sion and isn't the instance for everyone. Sorry to hear about your loss.

 

Chrisy - November 10

Ya, I am almost in tears. Well, I have a cat and he is more like a dog he loves to snuggle and play and lay with me while I sleep. My doctor in the beginning told me it's okay to keep loving and snuggling. It's the litter box you need to stear clear of.

 

Selena - November 10

As a vet tech and someone who is now pregnant I can honestly tell you that it is ok to have cats! Toxoplasmosis is very real but cats are only one of the many ways to contract it. MOst doctors test you early on for toxoplasmosis and if you are negative than you will be fine. As many others have said just wear gloves(or better yet have hubby do it) when clenaing the litter box or gardening outside. Always wash your hands thoroughly and for goodness sakes don't punish your poor loving kitty for something he/she can't control! I have 3 indoor cats that I had tested for toxo just to be sure and all were negative. I still don't clean the litter box just as a precaution but I certainly cuddle and play with all of my cats just like before. Education and common sense is all you need.

 

Slobbols - July 2

It's called Toxoplasmosis and it's mostly caused by eating contaminated meat. It's extremely rare that it's transmitted to babies and mostly when it is it has a non detrimental effect. There are several studies about it on NCBI website There are loads of other studies you can check out. Every pregnant woman is told to avoid changing kitty litter as inhaling the dust can transmit it, but it's the same with though less so with dogs and birds. Don't let antidotal stories scare you ladies. There are billions of us on this planet who are mainly born in much poorer conditions than we live in and the vast majority of us are perfectly fine. Stick to facts not stories. If you need friendly advice ask a friend. The internet is great, but it's also it's full of scare monger's. I'm sorry your Aunt had such a horrific experience, but it's very very very rare and sounds like there was other factors involved.   

 

Slobbols - July 2

It's called Toxoplasmosis and it's mostly caused by eating contaminated meat. It's extremely rare that it's transmitted to babies and mostly when it is it has a non detrimental effect. There are several studies about it on NCBI website There are loads of other studies you can check out. Every pregnant woman is told to avoid changing kitty litter as inhaling the dust can transmit it, but it's the same with though less so with dogs and birds. Don't let antidotal stories scare you ladies. There are billions of us on this planet who are mainly born in much poorer conditions than we live in and the vast majority of us are perfectly fine. Stick to facts not stories. If you need friendly advice ask a friend. The internet is great, but it's also it's full of scare monger's. I'm sorry your Aunt had such a horrific experience, but it's very very very rare and sounds like there was other factors involved.  

 

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