Some info on this disease & preventing it :
toxoplasmosis can cause serious problems for an unborn baby. If you pick it up during early pregnancy, it can lead to miscarriage.
If you get toxoplasmosis during your first or second trimester, your unborn baby can develop:
•water on the brain (hydrocephalus) or brain damage
•damage to the eyes or other organs
At birth, most babies affected by toxoplasmosis have no obvious problems. But these babies then develop symptoms during the next few months or years, such as:
Occasionally, babies born with toxoplasmosis have problems that are obvious at birth. These babies are most likely to have serious problems such as blindness, deafness and brain damage. Sadly, some babies are stillborn or survive only a few days after birth.
How can I prevent toxoplasmosis?
There are simple steps you can take to prevent yourself picking up toxoplasmosis:
•Always wash your hands before preparing or handling food. After you've finished cooking, wash your hands and all cooking utensils and surfaces.
•Make sure that all meat and chilled or frozen ready meals are thoroughly cooked before you eat them.
•Don't eat cured meats during pregnancy, such as parma ham and salami.
•Steer clear of unpasteurised milk, and cheese and cream made from unpasteurised milk.
•Always wash fruit and vegetables, particularly if you are eating them raw, including pre-washed salads.
•If you're gardening or handling soil or sand, wear gloves. Then wash your hands afterwards in case you have come into contact with cat poo in the soil.
•If your child has an outdoor sand box, cover it up to prevent cats using it as a litter tray.
•If you've been in contact with sheep at farms, or been visiting outdoor play centres where there are animals, wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. Also don't handle newborn lambs while you're pregnant.
•If you have a cat, use gloves to empty the litter tray and wash your hands afterwards. Or, even better, ask someone else to deal with the litter tray while you're pregnant. Also make sure the litter tray is emptied daily.
If you follow these precautions, this should be enough to prevent you catching toxoplasmosis, even if you have an infected cat. However, if you're still worried, ask your vet to test your cat to see if he has been infected with toxoplasmosis. Just be aware you will have to pay for the test.
If your cat proves positive, you might decide to put him into a cattery for six weeks until he is no longer infectious.
Get out!!! Didnt your doctor or midwife warn you about toxoplasmosis??? This comes from cat poo & wee & especially if they are as bad as you say :( This disease is especially dangerous for pregnant women it can cause mental retardation, blindness, deafness, developemental problems & slwness in growing ect & even worse death ! Still births are very common when the mother contracts this or prem labour very prem labour to be exact I am sorry to freak you out THAT IS THE LAST THING I WANTED TO DO BUT I FEEL SO STRONGLY THAT I MUST INFORM YOU OF ALL THE RISKS INVOLVED AS YOUR MIDWIFE OR DOCTOR SHOULD HAVE DONE SO! All this is so very true so you really must either move out or insist the cats either go, or last resort the clean up after them, they clean the litter trays if they even use them by what you are saying I highly doubt that, you do not touch Anything RELATING TO THEIR CATS & prohibit their running freely around the house especially the kitchen& your bedroom as you could be ingesting their poo ect through transfer to the work surfaces after they poo/pee they often lick themselfs clean or walk in it so then they are on ur surfaces ect & it transfers the germs & bacteria!!! Please please do not just leave this, they should be more bloody concerned for you & your babys welfare & well being! I DO HOPE THIS GETS SORTED FOR YOU ASAP!!!You deserve better as does your unborn baby! Love & best wishes for your future from Helen in the UK :) <3
My cats jump on the counter to get into the window sill. But we wash the counters before we make any dinner and during the time we make dinner they arent allowed up. I have 4 cats and 2 dogs... with animals like cats or dogs you have to vaccuum everyday or there is hair and dandriff everywhere! Me and my mom have ocd lol... we would be going nuts there sorry you have to go through such gross living conditions
Id go crazy throw the cats out if they don't listen. i thought it was bad for preg women to be around cats? Or somethin like that. Ur bby needs a clean place
Iam sry that sounds so unsanitary and a really nasty house. I hope u can get out :/ I wish u luck
Cats? Yea that has to make it 100 times worse
That it ****ing disgusting.
Omg that is disgusting. We let our cats eat off plates but on the floor and we clean them afterwards. And we keep our cats off the table and counters. Id be freaking out like you if I lived there.
Oh my God. That's horrible :(
Yeah I know!!! Not to mention this is an AFC home, and if the health department ever knew about all this they would lose their job in a heartbeat!!
That's disgusting !!!!! How can anybody live like that in those unsanitary conditions yuck