Post # 1
Those of you who are TTC and have cats, what do you do during the TWW? Does hubby valiantly take care of all the litterbox cleanup? Do you wear some sort of contraption over your mouth and nose to filter out potentially dangerous particles? Do you throw caution to the wind? I’d love to hear your ideas. The boxes need cleaned and Darling Husband has changed them every time for the last three months during our clomid cycles. I’m wondering if it’s really that big a deal if I do it this once (I got my positive OPK today).
Post # 3
I wasn’t crazy about it. I just made sure to clean the litter box every day during the TWW and washed my hands immediately afterwards. I read somewhere that even if your cat has toxo, it isn’t present the first day or two after the cat goes to the bathroom. So technically, if you clean the litterbox every day, you shouldn’t have any feces that are infected.
But once I got a positive pregnancy test, it was nice to turn over the litterbox duties to my husband!!! 🙂
Also, once you become pregnant (hopefully soon!) make sure your doc knows you have cats. Your doc will run a test to see if you’ve been exposed. If you HAVE been exposed (and many many many people have, either through litter or raw meat), then there’s very little risk because your body has the antibodies. The big issue arises when you are exposed to it for the first time during pregnancy.
Post # 4
I’ve been leaning towards the side of caution and ever since we started TTC I’ve handed over litter duties. I’m not too sad about that though.
Post # 5
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It depends how cautious you want to be, I suppose. I still change Oscar’s litter tray but I make sure I do it in our living room (rather than in a small confined space) so that it’s not overwhelming. I do it more often too, so that it’s less …. overpowering. 🙂
Post # 6
Darling Husband usually does it (because it makes me gag like nobody’s business), but if we had previously split the chore, he’d still insist on doing it during the TWW. I bought him “The Expectant Father” a few months ago, and pregnant women not changing cat litter was one of the first things he read. His take: “During the TWW you COULD be pregnant, so I don’t want to risk it.”
Post # 7
I’m so glad you asked this question! I’ve been wondering the same thing!
I’m still changing our cats’ litter boxes. I ususally do it every day to every other day. Once I get my BFP I’ll be happy to turn the duty over to Darling Husband (although also a little nervous because he’s not really into cleaning up after them and who knows how often it’ll get done!)
Post # 8
I did litter duty until we got the BFP, then my husband took over. I work in the vet field, so I wasn’t overly concerned about it to begin with- I just wore those yellow dish washing gloves, washed my hands really well after, and cleaned the boxes daily.
After my BFP, my doc did a toxo titer, which I had no exposure to after checking the results. Pretty surprising after a lifetime around animals and 15 years in the field (we could have gone as far as checking the cats too, but didn’t think it was worth the cost).
I still would be cleaning boxes, but my husband insists he should, so I will not argue with his logic one little bit if it means one less thing for me to do 😉
Post # 9
I think Darling Husband started cleaning the litter box when we got our BFP. He wasn’t too excited about taking it over so I didn’t want to inflict it on him while we were trying. Plus, I always wash my hands really well afterwards and have had a cat for the past 23 years, so I wasn’t too concerned about a “new” exposure (especially since they’ve all been house cats).