Post # 1
Hi bees, going anon because I don‘t really want this connected to my other account.
So my SO has three cats, two of them are allowed to go out and the other cat stays inside. They are all dewormed regularly, however indoor kitty somehow managed to get worms. He‘ll take her to the vet tomorrow.
Now I know it‘s possible for humans to catch those worms, for example via eggs that you can come into contact with while petting your cat, cleaning the litterbox etc. I can‘t help it but I‘m just super grossed out by this. I‘ve read that to avoid it you need to thoroughly clean their litterbox (hot water & possibly disinfect?), wear gloves while doing this and wash your hands afterwards. I‘ve also read something about washing your bedding and disinfecting surfaces.
Now the problem is – my SO is kinda laidback about those things. I recently caught him cleaning the litterbox without washing his hands afterwards and he thought that was totally okay. All three cats sleep in his bed, even on the pillows. And he pets and kisses them alot and has his face and mouth all up in their fur while doing it. I don‘t know if I‘m overreacting or too paranoid but knowing that at least one of the cats has worms right now all this really makes me uncomfortable. I really like his cats but I don‘t want to sleep or have sex in that bed knowing kitty rubbed her butt all over the pillows. I also worry about somehow passing on worms from his cats to my own cat (we don‘t live together). I deworm my cat twice a year but she‘s never had any because she‘s an indoor cat and doesn‘t have any direct contact to other cats.
How do I approach this with my SO? Am I overreacting? Is he too laidback? Any precautions he absolutely needs to take (disinfect everything? wear gloves while cleaning the litterbox?)? Since my own kitty has never had worms I don‘t have much experience in this area so any help & advice would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 2
We wash our hands every time after cleaning the box. Thats really gross to not wash your hands. No cats on our pillows is a rule. We have a cat sheet that we put over the bed. I am with you on the bed thing.
Post # 3
I’d disinfect everything due to worms. But if your vet has an email option email to see if they will respond with suggested ways to prevent the orher cats from getting it. They’ll probably say to keep everything clean but you’ll have an email from an actual vet to show him.
Post # 4
I’m a vet. You can give dewormer monthly which should prevent recurrence of worms (but you should bring a fecal sample in to find out what type of worms they are in order to definitively resolve the issue). All cats need to be dewormed at the same time. Cats that go outside should also be treated for fleas and ticks or you will get another problem.
Proper hygiene should be practiced whenever dealing with urine or feces from any species. Also the litter box should be entirely cleaned, sterilized and dried once per week.
If you’re worried about worms yourself you will need to discuss with your family doctor. I have definitely heard of worms getting transmitted to people, although it’s often children due to poor hygiene after touching feces.
Post # 5
I know, right?! I was so grossed out. I sent him right back into the bathroom and made him wash them. I don‘t know how I never noticed before.
When I spend the night at his place he usually changes the sheets beforehand and keeps the bedroom door closed so the fresh sheets won‘t be covered in cat hair after two seconds. I think I‘ll have him keep the door closed at all times now whenever I stay over. Don‘t mind my own kitty sleeping in my bed but she‘s an indoor cat.
He just took all three cats to the vet today so that‘s taken care of. I‘ve also had a serious talk about disinfecting everything with him. Thank you for your reply!
All cats have just been dewormed and the litterbox was entirely cleaned as well (and I made him wear gloves and wash his hands). The cats are dewormed regularly but I suppose it‘s really easy for them to catch worms when they spend most of their time outside. They‘ve had ticks in the past so my SO is always checking for those. Next time I see my family doctor I‘ll ask her about it. Thank you for your advice!
Post # 6
Oh my gosh, I’m sorry you’re going through htis. There are deworming videos on youtube and I get goosebumps thinking about it. I agree with PP about talking to your family doctor. Good luck, hope everything goes well!
Post # 7
Wait, are we supposed to be deworming our cats? I’ve never done that and I don’t think my cat has worms. I mean, I might have done it 7 years ago when she was a kitten…. I’ve never seen any while cleaning the litter box, so hopefully she’s clear She is an indoor cat though, so deforming her never occurred to me.
In any case, yes, I wore gloves and washed my hands after dealing with the litter box, since we were ttc and I knew Dh had to take over litter box duty, I did buy a self cleaning one and it’s pretty awesome and totally worth it By The Way. He doesn’t wear gloves, but he does thoroughly wash his hands afterward. I’m so happy the cat doesn’t like to sleep on pillows, she’s strictly a foot of the bed sleeper.
Post # 8
usually cats are dewormed as kittens and if they stay indoors they don’t need on-going deworming. The OP boyfriends cats go outside and thus should be on a monthly worm preventative since they clearly get exposed to parasites!