So husband and I are not TTC yet but we will be as soon as he gets his new job which will be sometime this summer or fall… So, I started doing a lot of research on how to stay safe and protect myself and my future pregnancy from all kinds of potential hazards since I’m a total germaphobe and have mad hypochondria anxiety issues. Anyway, we adopted a cat 3 months ago, and so I started looking up what this could mean for my future… And boom! Panic attack over toxoplasmosis after reading countless horror stories and cautionary tales about pregnancy and cat ownership. First thought: “omg I hope I don’t have to give the cat to my parents while TTC/Pregnant”, second thought, “Is there any safe way for us to live in the same house? What if T. Gondii is airborn? Should I wear a mask all the time? Sanitize the whole house with bleach?…” A self-triggered spiral of what ifs and worst case scenarios later, I realized that three of my best friends had cats while pregnant and nothing bad happened, so I calmed myself down and talked to one of them (who has three indoor-outdoor cats and a healthy 2 year old son too!), and she snapped me out of it and educated me on the subject. I then started fact-checking the information with the humane society website and the CDC website and realized that I was way off on my orininal assumptions. And even though it is a very real threat that should be taken very seriously and it’s always better to stay on the safe side and have my husband change the kitty litter the whole time that I’m pregnant anyway, this video sums up what I learned from my friend pretty darn well, not to mention it is the most hilarious educational video I have ever seen! Enjoy, and I hope for those of you who are worried about getting toxo from your cat, this will alleviate some of the anxiety and help you feel more safe.
P.s. I’m definitely going to run all this info by my doctor/OBGYN and cat’s veterinarian and get blood tests done for the antibodies as soon as we start TTC. Please note I am aware that this video and any online research does not replace the professional opinion of my healthcare providers.
I think the main concern is the changing of the litter box and the fecal matter. As long as you do not change the litter while pregnant and even when trying to conceive, everything should be ok. With my daughter I had a cat and didnt have any problem and now I am TTC and have two cats and am not concerned.
pearlrose : This exactly! I’m thrilled that it’s my husband’s problem for a few months. Granted he doesn’t want a cat at all, but that just shows how he loves me, right? Plus now he knows I’m not slacking when the cat drops a stinker – sometimes it just happens.
I have a cat and am on pregnancy number 2 and everything has turned out fine. I am not immune and steer clear of the litter box when possible but when I do have to clean it, I wear a face mask and wash my hands immediately afterwards.
Wasn’t worried, not sure if I’m immune, and have had to change the litter more than a handful of times while my husband has been out of town for work. I just wash my hands like crazy. We have two amazing cats and I couldn’t live without them. I changed the litter with DH until we knew I was pregnant.
Im afriad you need to drop the focus on your cat, and start to treat your health anxiety as a priority. Based on your post, I am saying this to be helpful, not trying to be negative or accusatory. If you are getting yourself so hyped up about something like this, before you even concieve, you are going to be in hell when you fall pregnant and birth a child. You will drive yourself crazy googling and analysing. As long as you wear gloves when you clean the litter (or have your partner do it) – you will be absolutley fine. Your about as likely to get struck by lightning than to catch TP from your cats poop.
It’s my understanding that it’s more of a concern if your cats are both indoors and outdoors. My kitty is indoor only so that made me relax a bit. My SO was more concerned about it than I was when I was pregnant. I was happy to have him change the litterbox for the duration!
As long as you don’t tongue kiss your cat or lick its butthole, you’ll be fine.
Wear a mask. Wash your hands after touching litter.
Toxoplasmosis is very rare, and if your cat is strictly indoors, the chance of you getting it from a cat is stupidly low. You’d have a better chance of coming into contact with it walking barefoot in your grass.
SeaOfLove : I’m so curious to find out blood test results, I grew up playing in the dirt and eating fruits and veggies without washing, I also have had cats and kitten my whole life – chances are I already have it and therefore immune to it
pearlrose : Haha true, I can’t wait to make him do all the dirty work! Lucky for me he also loved the cat and when I was sick, he gladly did the box without me even asking 🙂
kuriousbee : I think that’s totally fine, I would do the same if I had to, besides I already use gloves and mask every time anyway just as part of my hygiene practice. I also volunteer at the cat rescue and they make us do these same precautions weather you’re pregnant or not. I know once I do get pregnant, however, I will have to put my volunteering on hold.
whitums : Yes absolutely, besides I hear it’s very bad for the baby if you’re anxious/worried all the time while pregnant. In my case my emotional state is probably a much bigger threat than any of the potential diseases I stress out about. There are a million other things that could go wrong during pregnancy, and I can only imagine how hard it is to raise a child. Best thing I can do to prepare myself for success is stay positive and informed.
courtneysokal : I feel like that too about our cat! We Love him so much, and since we have no kids yet, he is our “fur-baby” 🙂
elleodee1 : I totally agree, I know it’s really bad to get so worked up about things now, I am concerned about how I’ll be able to handle everything that comes up once I do go through pregnancy/delivery. I need to learn how to stay positive if I don’t want to lose my mind completely over every thing that could possibly go wrong later on. Your comment is very supportive and helpful, I appreciate your input!
TwilightRarity : Mine is indoor, but I take him out on a walk once a week… He actually walks on a leash with me, it’s so cute and we get a lot of stares, but I know I’m not the only one with leash-trained cat, lol. He doesn’t get opportunity to eat raw meat by hunting wildlife, since he’s supervised, but he does eat flies, mosquitos, and other insects if they manage to get into the house. Regardless, I’m sure I’ll be fine if I just follow the recommended precautions.