2Apr 2019

Pregnant Mothers & The High Risk Factors Associated with Animal Feces

Pregnant Mothers & The High Risk Factors Associated with Animal Feces

If your a pregnant mother and have a pet in the home, then this article will help shed much needed light into the precautions that you may or may not need to take during your pregnancy. One of the most dangerous, by far, can be caused by your cat. Cat feces can contain Taxoplasmosis which can be passed to you through two methods.

  • The first being by direct contact with the feces, which generally occurs during the changing of a litter box.
  • The second is by simply breathing. If you are too close to your cat’s litter and or feces and he/she is infected with Taxoplasmosis you can inhale the disease via the mouth or nose.

The infection is rather rare and the estimated chances of contracting the disease are approximately 1 in 1,000 (for first time pregnancies). Symptoms are mild and can mirror that of a cold or flue. If you have a cat and are pregnant the steps below are some that should be taken to prevent any risk to you or your unborn child. Get your cat tested: If your cat is infected have a friend or family member take care of it for you. If you cat isn’t infected, don’t permit them to eat raw meat and don’t allow them to go outside. Stay away from the kitty litter box. Have your significant other, a friend or family member do the cleaning for you. Do not come into close contact with stray cats. Don’t venture off into the yard where stray feces could be laying about (ie; no gardening, sun bathing, picking weeds, etc.) If you have a dog, so long as your dog is up to date on his or her rabies shot’s then there is little to no worries.

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