Cat and pregnancy: Tips to avoid toxoplasmosis
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For a long time, there is a belief that states that cat and pregnancy are not compatible. Many people believe that when a woman is pregnant and has cats, she has a high risk of being infected with toxoplasmosis. This is one of the reasons why many cats are abandoned throughout the year.
Is it compatible to be pregnant and have cats at home?
The answer is affirmative, but always taking into account different measures so that our feline is a transmitter of toxoplasmosis. Especially because a cat cannot infect us if he does not have that parasite in his body.
There may be many people who do not know, but … what is toxoplasmosis? It is an infection that occurs with contact with a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, which can be found in different foods such as meat, vegetables or fruits and also in the faeces of felines.
The contagion may be due to the consumption of a raw or uncooked egg, to eat raw or undercooked meat, vegetables or fruits that have not been thoroughly washed, the consumption of cured ham, drinking contaminated water or contact with feces of cats among other.
How to avoid toxoplasmosis if you have a cat at home?
You have to be very conscientious in this aspect. You have to avoid cleaning the cat’s sandbox. This task would have to be carried out by another person and when it has been done, the hands or other parts that may have been in contact with the animal’s feces should be washed thoroughly.
The cat should eat specific food for them, do not give them cured ham, raw or undercooked meat, etc. It is important that the cat is away from our food, kitchen or the table where we eat. You have to wash your hands very well both before eating and after playing with the cat.
In case of living in a house, it is necessary that the cat does not go outside or have contact with other animals from the outside. Being away from home, you may be able to catch it.