Toxoplasmosis anxiety & cat ownership

posted 4 months ago in TTC
  • poll: Did you have a cat while pregnant?
    Yes, and everything turned out fine : (22 votes)
    76 %
    Yes, and I got toxo from the cat : (1 votes)
    3 %
    No, and everything turned out fine : (3 votes)
    10 %
    No, but I still got toxo from food/soil : (0 votes)
    Yes, but I was already immune : (0 votes)
    Yes, and I was not immune : (3 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 2
    990 posts
    Busy bee

    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.

    Post # 3
    4043 posts
    Honey bee

    Just don’t smear cat poop all over your house and you’ll be fine.

    Post # 4
    4374 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    pinkemeraldrose :  If you’ve had kittens, it’s likely you’re already immune. However, if you want to be careful, just have DH scoop the litter box. You’re most likely fine.

    Post # 5
    1214 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    i thought pregnancy was a grand excuse to make my husband do chores I hate… cleaning the cat box being at the top of that list!

    Post # 6
    5050 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2015

    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.

    Post # 7
    2379 posts
    Buzzing bee

    We have two cats and I was fine. DH just handled litter duty during the pregnancy. 

    Post # 8
    117 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    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.  

    Post # 9
    3086 posts
    Sugar bee

    Honestly I would focus more on working through your hypochondria and anxiety as actually raising a baby is far more stressful than cat poop. Just have your husband change and scoop the box. That’s it. 

    Post # 10
    1858 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    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.

    Post # 11
    184 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    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.

    Post # 12
    3190 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    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!

    Post # 13
    9000 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    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.

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