Pregnancy 18-24 Community
Cleaning Cat litter while pregnant
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to pregnancy and childbirth in women age 18 to 24.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Cleaning Cat litter while pregnant

My husband will be away for few days and I have to clean the cats litter box. I was researching on the internet about this and it says pregnant women should avoid doing this because of getting Toxoplasmosis. Is ok if I clean the litter?
Related Discussions
8 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
318181_tn?1336447096
Since your husband will be away, I would use disposable gloves and just make sure I wash my hands VERY well after. Also, if your cats are indoors only, chances are low that they carry toxoplasmosis. At least that's what I've heard.
Blank
316994_tn?1259007038
IVE HEARD THAT IF YOU HAVE LIVED WITH THE CATS FOR A WHILE THEN YOUR BODY BECOMES IMMUNE TO IT AND CHANCES ARE LOW THAT ANYTHING WILL HAPPEN
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
I was also told if it's an indoor cat you dont' need to worry.  But of course you'd still wanna wash up good afterwards.  I changed ours when I was pregnant with both of my kids and everything was fine.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I would hold your breath or wear a mask.  The bacteria is airborne.  It at all possible I would just wait until your husband gets back.  I have a cat that has been indoor since 6 months old, but I dont know if she has it.  I have been tested for it and was negative, so I have never been exposed.  I still just try my best not to go around the litter bin.
Blank
300987_tn?1219987265
My doc said if your cat stays indoors it really isn't an issue. She also said the cat pretty much has to eat or come into contact with an animal that has it, like a bird. If it's an outdoor cat, wear some gloves and maybe one of those masks.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Can I please ask who told you the bacteria for toxo was airborn as i have been told by the centre for diesese control that toxo cannot be passed airborn but only through direct contact of the cat poo and my mouth, hence the need for gloves and a mask when cleaning. I have looked into this a lot as I work at a animal sheltar and would be pleased for all info. I have stopped handling cats since my pregnancy began.

Please note that the bacteria takes 24 hours to form occysts which pass the toxo to us, so prehaps rather than leave it you should get a neighbour or family member to come and clean the tray.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
having just writen that i went away and looked on the internet and found that toxo could become airborn if the cat moves the poo around so a mask is esential... gosh im just so confused...
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Don't do it! Do not clean the cat litter. It is dangerous for the baby.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Pregnancy 18-24 Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
469720_tn?1388149949
Blank
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm-treatable... Blank
Oct 04 by Lee Kirksey, MDBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
Sep 18 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Pregnancy Answerers
9797462_tn?1410755278
Blank
Staceyyyyy91314
Indianapolis, IN
9309926_tn?1405450656
Blank
Jessika20
Deltona, FL
10064121_tn?1415179673
Blank
scarletbegoniass
Central, IL
8765505_tn?1399768536
Blank
ash060115
Ireland
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
LadyBeeley
AR
9442948_tn?1406820051
Blank
babyberry000