Post # 1
We have cats and I just went for my toxoplasmosis screening test – came back inconclusive, so I have to test again in 2 weeks.
The cats never go outside, and (shame on me), I have not cleaned the litters in over 2 years. I don’t see how I could have been infected.
Anyways, there is nothing I can do until I get further results; and I know all of you are going to tell me that I need to try and stay positive, that the stress doesn’t help, etc. And I will do my best.
But I am asking for prayers that it all comes back fine and that my little mango is at no risk.
Post # 3
It also got me paranoid, since I also have a cat but my husband cleans the cat litter (which he has done for years and years, ‘to get ready for when you are pregnant’, he says).
Prayers for you and mango.
For the rest of us:
Tips for preventing this condition:
Avoid undercooked meats.
Freeze meat to minus 20 degrees Celsius for 2 days.
Wash hands after handling raw meat.
Protect children’s play areas from cat and dog feces.
Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with soil that may be contaminated with animal feces.
Pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems should avoid cleaning cat litter boxes and materials that are potentially infected with cat feces. They should also avoid materials that could be contaminated by insects exposed to cat feces (cockroaches, flies, etc.).
Post # 4
Thanks @cvbee. I would love to be able to test again right away – two weeks seems so long.
Post # 5
I have three cats so this is something that I’m fearful about. My fiance also hates cleaning the litterboxes. I just want you to know you and your baby are in my thoughts and prayers!
Post # 7
Good luck. I’m thinking of you!
Also… does anyone know if the same goes for cleaning rabbit litter boxes during pregnancy? …or can you only get toxoplasmosis from cat feces? (I kind of like the idea of hubby needing to clean the rabbit box for 9 months.)
Post # 8
My cat has Toxo, and I’ve been managing it for about 3 years now, so hopefully I can help shed a little light on this for you.
Toxo is very prevelant in soil, which can easily be tracked into homes on transferred from something as simple as gardening. It’s pretty good at surviving in harsh conditions – even in frozen soil over the winter. Avoiding raw meats is always a good idea, but there are some studies that show that Toxo may even be brought into homes through certain bugs and rodents. There are a variety of ways to contract it, although cat feces certainly have taken the majority of the blame for it being transferred to humans.
Once a kitty has Toxo, it is only shed during the initial ‘active’ stage of the disease (first couple of weeks after infection). Once the disease goes dormant, which is common when the cat’s immune system attacks it, there is no further transfer into feces. However, the disease can re-activate itself at any point of the cat’s life (same with humans that have contracted it). Usually this is most common when the immune system has been weakened, either from another disease or trauma.
Rabbits can also have Toxo, and it is safe to assume that the disease would also be shed in their feces as well.
Have your kitties been tested? If you are interested in getting a Toxoplasmosis screening done on your kitties, it is a simple blood draw from the vet for the Toxo titers to be run. The titers will tell you if the kitties do have it, and if so, whether or not the infection is active or dormant.
Hope this helps!
Post # 9
Just some encouragement for you. I went through testing for several viruses a few weeks ago t 38 weeks, one of them being toxoplasmosis. What they might be doing is testing the virus they found in your blood to see if it was a recent infection or an old one. I dont own cats, yet somehow I had the virus in my blood, but it was an old infection and dormant, so no risk to PEanut. They had to run the same DNA aging screen for a few other viruses to see if they were new or old as well. They might be doing this for you. So dont stress too much, they are probably being cautious. Good luck!
Post # 10
This was one of the first tests that my doctor requested at my first prenatal appointment due to my line of work- vet tech at various animal shelters, with many less than healthy cats over the past 15 years. He ran two titers, one titer for previous exposure and one to check for a current infection.
He actually requested it to be run twice because my titers came up negative the first (and eventually the second time) as a double check. He was pretty surprised at this, and felt that it was fairly common to have an exposure to toxo especially with those around animals a lot.
He said that I do still need to be cautious around the cats at work (wear gloves when handling unknown cats, since things get messy in a vet setting (poop tends to fly). He has no concerns about handling my cats at home, but no cleaning litter boxes at home or at work, wear gloves when gardening, etc.
I was reading up on it recently, apparently one study said that around 30% of tested women in the veterinary field have had a previous exposure to toxo, but the real concern is an active infection, not a previous exposure when pregnant.