I’m pregnant, do I have to get rid of my cat? This question is asked by most first time pregnant women that have a cat . The fear is contracting toxoplasmosis while pregnant and spreading this infection for your unborn baby. You’re about to master what toxoplasmosis is and also the real facts. Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. This parasite is found everywhere in our environment and many men and women carry it in their own bodies but might not know since they don’t have any symptoms.
Pregnant women and individuals with weakened immune systems are more likely to have serious illness because of toxoplasmosis. Pregnant women can pass the disease to their unborn baby should they get infected for the first time during or before pregnancy. The very best way to keep your unborn child safe is by protecting yourself from toxoplasma exposure! The first thing you have to do is wash your hands after exposure to: soil, sand, uncooked meat or unwashed vegetables. The internal temperature should be 160 degrees. Do not sample the meat until it is thoroughly cooked. The next thing would be to freeze your meat for many days before cooking to greatly reduce likelihood of infection. Wear gloves when gardening or managing sand from a sand box, and wash hands thoroughly after. Have someone else change the litter box if at all possible. If you must do it wear disposable gloves and wash your hands with soap and warm water afterwards.
Change the litter box every day because the parasite doesn’t become infectious until 1-5 days after it is shed in the stool. Feed your cat commercial canned or dry cat food. Never feed cats raw meat since this can be an origin of toxoplasma infection. Keep cats inside, and avoid stray cats especially kittens. Cover your outdoor sandboxes and don’t get a new cat while you are pregnant. As you can see, if you take the required precautions, there should not be any reason for you to contract toxoplasmosis while pregnant. Keeping yourself educated is the key.