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Cat awareness for cat owners

Not many know the risks of owning a cat and being pregnant my neighbor lives with the result.

A problem arises when woman becomes infecte these cases one half to one third of the infants pregnancies become infected while still within t sources give the figure at 40%. We call this cong particularly severe if it occurs during the first th (the first trimester). Although transplacental inf fetuses, few of these women show signs of dise convert and trap the organisms within their mu these circumstances may be sick at birth or dise occur weeks to years later. Signs of the disease include mental retardation, eye and nervous sys deafness, lung disease, fever, jaundice and rash pregnancy can also result in miscarriage.
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1806883 tn?1458321004
I'm with you on that but I wasnt game enough to say it lol
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It should also be noted that not all cats have toxoplasmosis. I also think it was mean of the op to make her friend fill bad that her child has mental retardation because she had a cat. Just because she had a cat doesnt mean her daughter has mental retardation because of it, there are so many other reasons she could. And blaming her for it is horrible. That comment really ticks me off.
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1806883 tn?1458321004
dont get freaked out lol, and I wouldnt get rid of any of them just make sure that they stay out of where baby sleeps until bub is abit older, children has less allergys when there is a family pet in the home :)
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I just got a kitten a month ago I've never owned a cat, but I don't change the litter box. But y'all have now officially freaked me out lol
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I just got a kitten a month ago I've never owned a cat, but I don't change the litter box. But y'all have now officially freaked me out lol
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1911870 tn?1345419009
How many cats would ya'll say is too many to have in a house with a newborn? We have 4, the 3 males are fixed. I feel it's okay, but other people are saying we need to get rid of 2 of them. None of ours go outside at all.
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1806883 tn?1458321004
arrgghh undercooked meats
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1806883 tn?1458321004
thats listeria, its uncooked meats, pork venison and unpasturised goats milk if they are infected :)
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377493 tn?1356502149
To further Heather's comments...if your cat is an indoor cat as many are now, there is also almost no risk.  And as she said, if you have been a cat owner for a long time, chances are you have already been exposed to this.  While I was pregnant, I did wear gloves when changing the litter or had my DH do it (great excuse, cause I hate that chore too..lol).  But as Stacey said, no need to get rid of the cat.  Just perhaps take extra precautions.  It should be noted that toxoplasmosis can be found in other sources as well.  Somebody correct me if I am wrong, but isn't this the same thing you can get from eating luncheon meats or sushi?  Maybe I'm mixing it up with something else.
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1483631 tn?1319228646
you can get tested for toxoplasmosis before you get pregnant and during pregnancy. If you have indoor cats, the risk is minimal, just don't change the litter.
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1806883 tn?1458321004
yes that would be a good trick, pity they wouldnt believe it haha, toxoplasmosis can also be found in under cooked meats, venison and pork, and in raw (unpasterised) goats milk if they are infected, so I dont think that the cats should be taking all the bad publicity for this either :)
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689528 tn?1364135841
So no one mentioned that it's actually Toxoplasmosis that you could potentially contract from your cats feces. If you have been a cat owner for most of your life you actually have a chance of being immune to it since there is a probability that you've contracted it before. (Not everyone would be immune but it's a fact that it's possible.)
It's always a good idea to wash your hands before handling food or eating whether you've been petting an animal or just for health in general.
Pregnant women have a weakened immune system and need to be extra cautious when it comes to things that could potentially cause them and/or their baby harm.
I should tell my hubby I'm pregnant all the time.....I hate cleaning the litter! hehe  
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1806883 tn?1458321004
Oh and as I've said there are definate benefits to having you baby/children growing up with a family pet in the house :)
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1806883 tn?1458321004
Yes I agree you should be informed about it but just because you have cats it doesnt mean  that you need to get rid of them when your pregnant it just means that you do have to be extra careful and get someone else to do the litter if possible, use gloves in the garden, thoroughly wash any vergetables that are home grown and wash your hands after patting your cat, yes cats do walk on benches, but there are numerous germs on bench tops and dishclothes that can cause you and your baby harm as well, so there are risks in most things not just from cats, and if you do the things above you should be just fine with your cats :)
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1035252 tn?1427227833
I think that Envy was just trying to tell people that it was a good idea in general, not that you had to go get YOUR cats tested.

And I think this is a great thread. Yes, many women can have cats during pregnancy with no issues whatsoever. But it's something to consider and be informed about.
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1806883 tn?1458321004
no I dont need to do that I've just told you why :)
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I would get any cat checked out if it wasn't raised in your home. Have your cat checked by your vet to see if they carry it. Especially if they go outdoors.
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1806883 tn?1458321004
Yes ther is a risk but only if you come into contact with the poo, I have had 10 children all healthy and have had cats all through each pregnancy, people need to be aware of the risks but there is no need to get rid or your pet because your pregnant, if in the garden you should wear gardening gloves and if you have to change the litter you should wear gloves as well or preferably get someone else to change the litter. Recent studies have shown that children/babies bought up in a house with family pets have less incidence of allergies than those who arent
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640548 tn?1340553355
You inhale the bacteria when you change litter boxes, you don't even have to touch the poop.
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I think cats are cute but when your pregnant or trying to get pregnant I would not have a cat anywhere near my home. Out door sand boxes is a giant Kitty litter box for stray cats.
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Her daughter has mental retardation. She swears up and down she didn't touch cat poop but you don't know for sure. Cats can carry the feces anywhere in the house by having on their paws. They walk everywhere on counters, pillows, couches. Maybe you don't wipe your table before making food on it. Or there's small pieces on the carpet you walk on.
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