Changing Kitty Litter While Pregnant

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luci - November 6

just got a new kitten, pet shop warned not to change litter, and that bacterior can be airborn.Hubby is changing litter, but only place in house is bathroom it's big but poor ventilation. I'm very nervous.. but do I need to be?

 

Lynette - November 6

Luci, if hubby changes the litter twice a day, there shouldn't be a problem. The spores that can be released only get released when the faeces become "dry" (after a day). Also, your kitten probably won't have been outside as yet, so if you aren't feeding him raw meat (which you wouldn't be) the chances of him having toxoplasmosis to pa__s on to you are very very slim. If you keep your kitty indoors while you are pregnant, have your hubby change the litter, and wash your hands after patting him (the cat, not your hubby :-) ), you should be fine (I'd bet money on it!). Just for your info, you are more likely to catch toxoplasmosis from eating undercooked meat or preparing meat for cooking than from a cat, so cook your meat well and wear gloves if you are chopping meat. I hope this helps :-)

 

luci - November 6

thankyou Lynette for such a speedy response, puts my mind at ease! My two little girls whom adore the kitten(she is very cute) are glad to hear it too.

 

Alycia - November 6

Lynette already covered pretty much everything,but there's one more thing. Toxoplasma bacteria is cleared from the kitty after six weeks, so even on the outside chance she is infected, after six weeks INSIDE without getting any raw meat, she's definitely in the clear. I change my kitties' litter myself (dh is in the army and gone a lot), but my cats have been inside for years, and they never eat raw meat, so they are not carriers. Hope all this helps!

 

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