Pregnancy and Cats: Is There Really a Risk?

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If your are pregnant and you have one or more cats at home, surely you've heard about the risk of being infected with Toxoplasmosis and other diseases. The most affected by those comments are cats, as many of them are given away for those reasons, or even worse, abandoned.

Myths About Toxoplasmosis

There is a lot of misinformation around Toxoplasmosis and cats. People usually thinks that Toxoplasmosis is a disease transmitted (to pregnant women) by cats, but that's not true.

1. Not Only Cats Transmit Toxoplasmosis

It is not frequent that cats are infected with Toxoplasmosis. In fact, cats are the last cause of transmission, as they have first to get sick by eating infected meat (rodents, birds, or raw meat).

It is way more dangerous consuming and handling raw meat, contaminated water, raw eggs, or even contaminated kitchenware than having a cat.

2. You Cannot Be Infected by Petting a Cat

A cat with Toxoplasmosis eliminates the parasite through feces. In order to get infected, we should literally touch the feces with our hand and then put the hand in our mouth. And nobody, by logic, does that!

Tips and Prevention

Don't get rid of your cat, that's not a solution to "get rid" of Toxoplasmosis. Instead, in order to prevent the infection, we should be very strict on two things:

1. Hygiene

When we handle "dangerous" food, and when we clean the cat's litter box. You just need a pair of disposable gloves or ask someone to do it for you.

2. Take Care of Your Cat

Cats need to go to the vet when they are sick and get their vaccines and be dewormed regularly. Also, avoid giving the cat raw food and, if you know he/she has been hunting rodents or birds, take him/her to the vet for a check up.