It Can Be Dangerous for a Pregnant Woman to Change the Litter Box.
For cat owners like you, your feline friend is a part of your family.
However, cats can be dangerous for certain types of people, in particular pregnant women. If you are going to have a baby, take care of this.
It may not be safe for a pregnant woman to change the litter box. In serious cases, it threatens your child's life.
Why can’t pregnant women clean the litter box?
Toxoplasmosis is to blame.
It's a parasitic infection that can spread through cat poop. So, while you're pregnant or having a baby, it's best for you to get someone else to clean the litter box for your friend.
Although in some cases, there are no symptoms if you are infected with Toxoplasmosis. It may cause flu-like symptoms in adults for several weeks and even months.
This can be harmful to the fetus in utero. It can spread from mother to child. Once you are infected with toxoplasmosis during or just before your pregnancy, it can be a severe health risk.
If your baby is infected in pregnancy, he will have congenital toxoplasmosis. And if your baby gets toxoplasmosis in the early months of the pregnancy, it is possible that birth defects occur. Your baby can be born with eye and brain damage, nasal defects, etc.
And once you have toxoplasmosis during pregnancy, you can receive treatment. And you and your baby will need to be monitored during your pregnancy and after birth.
Cleaning the litter box directly exposes you to cat feces and places you and your baby at risk.
Do I have to get rid of my cat?
For cat lovers like you, cats are not just pets. They are one of your family members. They keep you company, and share your happiness and sorrows
Even if keeping a cat during pregnancy can be dangerous, there are effective ways to protect against toxoplasmosis and to live with cats in peace.
Precautions for pregnant women
- Have your husband or other people clean the litter box.
- If no one is available to help, clean it once a day. Wear gloves to avoid direct contact with cat feces when doing it.
- Cat droppings are not infectious until they are excreted for 1-5 days. Before the garbage trucks come, store the soiled cat litter somewhere reasonable, in the Litter Genie and Lionpapa’s generic Litter Genie refills, for example.
- Keep your cat indoors to prevent infection from the outdoors
- Don’t eat raw or poorly cooked meat.
- Never adopt a new kitten during pregnancy. Its health condition remains uncertain.