From what I've read some people believe it is bad to keep cats when you are on tx as tx makes you more vulnerable to infection. However, I have 3 cats and have had them on both treatments and I didn't catch any infection from them. I have also had cats during the entire time I have had Hep C and cleaned my fair share of litter boxes and there have been no illnesses arising from that. I think cats are good for a person, unless you have an allergy!
I hear ya! This experience is so isolating. My cats seem like the only ones who still like me! Not to mention that since starting treatment I'm basically just a big cat pillow. They will miss me when this is over and I actually have a life again!
unless you are going to live in a bubble you are going to be exposed to lots of potential pathogens every day.
Your dog can carry menigitis in his saliva, about 30% of dogs do carry this, your cat, well enough is above on that, then the worst culprits are people, they carry 2000 forms of rhino virus alone, remember that when you open doors, touch handles or shopping carts etc.
You cannot escape being exposed to germs. And birds and reptiles carry hundred of bugs some of which we can get. The thing is, we usually don't.
If your immune system, particularly you white count gets too low, there are some precautions you can take,
I'd let your cat go outside if you are worried, so you don't have to handle the litter or feces.
However, As long as you have an animal keeping itself clean you are not at great risk. This does change if you have an old sick cat with a drippy situation. In that case it would be best to talk to your veterinairian about your options.
Most everyone on this forum has pets, and they are a great source of comfort to those undergoing treatment or suffering with this disease. I think someone is giving you a bum steer here. Get informed before you get too scared.
The reason pregnant women are warned is the infants get toxoplasmosis because they have no immune system...unfortunately this microbe is small and hence it passes through the mother's blood and placental barriers, and usually only harms the infant who has no ability yet to muster a defense. Once the spleen and lymphatic system is developed and through exposures after birth the infant will develop immunities to thousands of germs in record time.
Pregnant women can also aquire this from forgetting and leaving a tampon in place for longer than recommended. If they spot during pregnacy, and forget they inserted a tampon the breakdown of the blood produces this illness. For this reason pregant women should be warned against tampon use as well. I wonder how many cats have been blamed for what was really just a forgetful mother having done the above.
in any case, if you want to, you can also hire a neighborhood kid to come and deal with your cat box while you are on treatment. Do whatever will give you some peace of mind.
I do have a cat but he is a barn cat, neutered, wormed, shots, and lots of lovin when he wants it. He was not a concern for me BUT I also have a kennel, horses, chickens a pond, used to have goats. My place was a sheep farm until the day we bought it. The first two links are about leptospirosis which my vet clued me into and the last one is histoplasmosis which my chickens can carry. OH to answer your question I also heard about the preggo women thing and I would bet your cat is a house cat.....I wouldn't worry and enjoy the unconditional love from your pets.
PS I still use wipies at the store 1 year post TX, turned me into a germaphobe LOL
I think its the concern that when your immune system is not at its strongest due to treatment, one might be more at risk to catch toxoplasmosis. When pregnant, women are advised not to change the litter because getting toxoplasmosis during pregnancy can be dangerous to the fetus.
I have two cats and during treatment I made the slave labor (affectionately known as my son) clean the litter box. I ended up having to do it myself a couple of times and I just wore disposable rubber gloves and washed up very thoroughly afterwards. My kitties helped me make it through tx!
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