Toxoplasmosis: Cat litter and Pregnancy
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November 17th, 2010, 08:33 PM
Join Date: Nov 2010
If you go to the Humane Society website, you can read the REAL facts, and not rely on forum posts, or incomplete articles. They have a full and accurate article there, spelling out how unlikely it is for you to get it from your cat, as well as all the other ways you can catch it that you need to be more concerned about.
Partial quote from the Humane Society website:
"Likelihood of contracting toxoplasmosis
Because it's difficult for cats to transmit toxoplasmosis directly to their caregivers, a pregnant woman is generally unlikely to contract the disease from her pet cat.
Several factors keep the chance of such transmission low. First of all, only cats who ingest tissue cysts get infected. Within the feline population, this would be limited to outdoor cats who hunt and eat rodents, as well as cats who are fed raw meat by their owners. In addition, only after a cat is first exposed to T. gondii does he typically excrete oocysts, and he does so for only two weeks. An outdoor hunting cat is often exposed to the disease as a kitten and is, therefore, less likely to transmit the infection as he ages.
Secondly, because oocysts become infective only after one to five days, exposure to the disease is unlikely as long as the cat's litter box is changed daily.
Finally, since oocysts are transmitted by ingestion, in order to contract toxoplasmosis, a woman would have to make contact with contaminated feces in the litter box and then, without washing her hands, touch her mouth or otherwise transmit the contaminated fecal matter to her digestive system."
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