It’s perfectly fine to be around cats when you’re pregnant, but you do need to be very careful about cleaning the litter box. Have someone else do it if possible. That’s because cat feces (and soil or sand where cats have been) can carry a parasitic infection called toxoplasmosis.
Is it bad to breathe in cat litter while pregnant?
The concern here is toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection that can be transmitted through cat poop (such as in kitty litter or outdoor soil where cats have defecated). If you had toxoplasmosis in the past, you’re generally considered immune, which can protect your unborn child from getting the infection.
Can you get toxoplasmosis from breathing in cat litter?
As the cat feces dry, the oocysts may become aerosolized. They can thus be inhaled by a person changing cat litter or just walking in an area where cats have defecated. An outbreak of toxoplasmosis among patrons of a riding stable was thought to have occurred in this manner.
How does cat litter affect pregnancy?
The myth about cats giving pregnant women toxoplasmosis has been causing misery for a long time. Pregnant women can transmit toxoplasmosis, a rare parasitic disease, to their unborn babies, and a toxoplasmosis infection can lead to miscarriage or cause malformed babies.
Is it safe to cuddle my cat while pregnant?
Absolutely! Petting your cat will not result in becoming infected. As a matter of fact, while Toxoplasmosis is a danger to an unborn baby, the chances of actually being infected are very low.
Do indoor cats carry toxoplasmosis?
It is unlikely that you would be exposed to the parasite by touching an infected cat because cats usually do not carry the parasite on their fur. In addition, cats kept indoors (that do not hunt prey or are not fed raw meat) are not likely to be infected with Toxoplasma.
Can breathing in cat litter harm you?
Litter boxes that aren’t cleaned regularly enough can contain buildups of urine and feces, resulting in dangerous ammonia fumes. Ammonia, which is a toxic gas, can cause serious breathing issues and other problems.
What are the signs of toxoplasmosis in humans?
Symptoms of toxoplasmosis
- Swollen lymph glands, especially around the neck.
- Muscle aches and pains.
- Generally feeling unwell.
- Inflammation of the lungs.
- Inflammation of the heart muscle.
- Inflammation of the eye, for example, the retina (at the back of the eye).
Can I clean up cat poop while pregnant?
No. You should follow these helpful tips to reduce your risk of environmental exposure to Toxoplasma: Avoid changing cat litter if possible. If no one else can perform the task, wear disposable gloves and wash your hands with soap and water afterwards.
Do all cats have toxoplasmosis?
Only cats and other members of the cat family shed Toxoplasma in their feces. Cats may shed the parasite in their feces for 7-21 days the first time they get infected with Toxoplasma. If they are allowed outside, pet cats can get infected when they catch and eat wild animals.
Can you flush cat poop with litter?
Poop and litter should not be flushed into municipal sewer systems either, because many of them cannot eliminate Toxoplasma, a rather nasty organism sometimes present in cat waste; its release into the ocean has been known to kill sea otters.
Can the smell of cat pee hurt you?
The sharp smell of pet accidents, particularly pet urine, is indeed an irritant to the lungs. Inhalation of even low concentrations (50ppm – OSHA’s exposure threshold limit) can cause rapid eye and skin irritation.
Can a human get a cat pregnant?
Probably not. Ethical considerations preclude definitive research on the subject, but it’s safe to say that human DNA has become so different from that of other animals that interbreeding would likely be impossible.
Can petting a cat give you toxoplasmosis?
It is extremely unlikely that you would pick up toxoplasmosis by petting your cat or being scratched or bitten by your cat, because the organism is not spread by the fur or saliva. You CAN, however, pick up toxoplasmosis by eating undercooked infected meat, particularly lamb and pork.
Are cats attracted to pregnant ladies?
“Cats and dogs likely perceive hormonal changes that occur with pregnancy due to their amazing sense of smell,” says Dr Mornement.