The Truth about Cat Litter and Pregnancy
If you’re pregnant and you’ve got a cat, somebody’s probably already told you that it’s really important not to change the cat litter. But why? What risks could changing cat litter during pregnancy possibly pose to you or your baby? Read on for the truth about cat litter and pregnancy.
What is it in Cat Litter that is Bad for Pregnancy?
Nothing actually. At least until your cat has done his business. Cat feces can contain spores of a parasite called Toxoplasma Gondii. This parasite causes a disease called toxoplasmosis which can cause immense harm to an unborn child. There are almost always no symptoms in cats and humans do not often experience symptoms until the infection is well advanced. Find out more about toxoplasmosis here.
It is very important that you avoid any possible contact with cat feces to avoid contracting toxoplasmosis. If you do have an indoor cat, delegate the job of changing the litter tray to your husband, wash your hands after petting the cat, and always clean food surfaces before preparing meals. Toxoplasmosis is fairly rare in mothers in first-world countries. But the risk is still rare and it’s not one worth taking.
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