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I don't have cats, don't like 'em, allergic to 'em, don't have to worry about it at home.
BUT.....a lady that I clean for does have a cat. I don't have to clean the litter box but the cat is very messy and there's always litter all over the floor and on the rug under the box. Is there any danger in me picking up that rug and also vacuuming the loose litter? (vacuum has a hepa filter if that matters) Never really paid much attention to this scenario in pregnancy since i've never had to deal with anything related to cats before.
Mom to Meagan,Nathan, Dylan, Tristan ^i^, Zachary,Ashlyn,
Gavin, Kason, Aidyn,Adelynn& Rylen due July 7, 2015!
I'm not sure! I'll definitely be interested in what other ladies (or a doctor) has to say about it though.
Expecting our first child in February... Team pink!
1st beta 14dpo = 150
2nd beta 18dpo = 782
3rd beta 23 dpo = 5,362
Missing my puppy, but grateful to have shared a bond with her for two years.
As long as you wear gloves and maybe a mask, depending on how dusty it is, you should be fine. I actually had a cat infected with toxoplasmosis while I was pregnant with my first child. I didn't know he was infected until the vet came into the room after I had taken him in for being sick and he said "I have very bad news for you". Turns out, I had been scooping litter with the very bug you are supposed to avoid around cats for half of my pregnancy and I didn't get it. Not that it makes it ok to scoop the litter up, but it is hard to contract. I had to go in once a week for the remainder of my pregnancy to see if I had come down with it, but I never did.
I did some reading after that, and if the cat is strictly indoor, you have a very, very slim chance of the cat even having the bug, and therefore an even slimmer chance of contracting the bug yourself. It is much more dangerous in early pregnancy before all of baby's major systems are formed, but again, if you wear gloves and a mask, you should be fine. Toxoplasmosis is in the feces of the cat and you have to get it in your mouth, so if you protect your hands and wash them well after, you are much safer.
This pregnancy, I have a cat who doesn't go outside, but he does catch mice in the basement from the outside, so I will be wearing gloves to scoop the little box. He is my cat and I just feel like my SO shouldn't have to take care of him. I am sure he would if I asked, but I know how to be careful, so I am not that worried.
Also, a cat with Toxoplasmosis will usually act sick. They have diarrhea, are lethargic, etc. Good luck!