Pregnancy and Cats

Pregnancy and Cats

I’m pregnant, do I have to get rid of my cat? This question is asked by the majority of first time pregnant women that have a pet cat. The fear is contracting toxoplasmosis while pregnant and spreading this infection to your unborn baby. You are about to be the master of what toxoplasmosis is and also the true facts.Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. This parasite is found everywhere in our environment and several people take it in their own bodies but might not know because they have no symptoms.Pregnant, Tummies, Heart

Pregnant women and individuals with weakened immune systems are more likely to have serious illness because of toxoplasmosis. Pregnant women can pass the disease to their unborn baby if they become infected for the first time during or before pregnancy. The very best way to protect your baby is by protecting yourself from toxoplasma exposure! The very first thing you have to do is wash your hands after exposure to: dirt, sand, raw meat, or unwashed vegetables. Cook your beef completely. There should be no pink, and the juices should run clear. The internal temperature should be 160 degrees. Do not sample the meat until it is thoroughly cooked. The next issue is to freeze your meat for several days before cooking it to reduce the likelihood of infection. Wash or peel all fruits and vegetables before eating them. Wear gloves when gardening or handling sand from a sand box, and wash hands thoroughly afterwards. Have somebody else change the litter box if possible. In case you must do it wear disposable gloves and wash your hands with soap and water afterwards.

Change the litter box every day since the parasite does not become infectious until 1-5 days after it is shed in the feces. Feed your cat commercial canned or dry cat food. Never feed cats raw meat because this is sometimes an origin of toxoplasma infection. Keep cats indoors, and avoid stray cats especially kittens. Cover your outdoor sandboxes and do not get a new cat while you are pregnant. As you can see, if you take the necessary precautions, there should not be any reason for you to contract toxoplasmosis while pregnant. Keeping yourself educated is the key.

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