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Old Mar 15th, 2017, 02:52 AM   1
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toxoplasmosis worry


I'm not sure if it is due to pregnancy that I am worrying alot about contracting toxoplasmosis. I am now 21weeks+ pregnant.

I had a cat for 6 years + (she is now taken care by a friend since I was 3 months pregnant) and never wear glove to remove her poop until I was about 9 weeks. Before then, I did not know I am expecting. I did wash my hands after clearing.

I also have been having small cuts on left thumb (have mild dermatophagia) and all along have been handling raw meat and vegetables for cooking. Again, I did wash my hands.

I just keep worrying that I might have gotten the infection due to open wounds and passed it to my unborn.

Is it too paranoid of me? Advice pls...
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Old Mar 16th, 2017, 16:08 PM   2
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There are usually pretty clear signs with toxoplasmosis (i.e., feeling sick, feverish, swollen lymph nodes, etc). I wouldn't worry too much; honestly the chances of your cat even carrying the bacteria is low (especially if she doesn't go outside much) and the chances of you even contracting it is very low as well, even if it was present. From what I've read, it only grows on poo that's been sitting out for 24+ hours, and the only real way to contract it is through basically ingesting or eating the bacteria (like if you get poo on your hands and then touch your lips, mouth, etc afterwards...gross!). I'm not sure about it getting in through cuts but I really wouldn't worry if you've been feeling okay.

Personally, I have 3 cats and my fiance is not very willing to clean their litter, so I still do it. I do wear gloves when I do it, and I try to do it at least once a day, but I'm not perfect.

I think this is one of those topics that has been hyper-exaggerated in terms of actual present danger. Do some research on your own though, it will probably make you feel a bit better!



 
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Old Mar 16th, 2017, 20:19 PM   3
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Chances are, especially since you've had your cat for a while, you've probably already been exposed to toxoplasmosis (if on the rare chance your cat does have it) and your body has already developed an immunity to it. If your body has developed an immunity to it, it will pass that immunity to your baby. Now if you just bought your cat while you were pregnant, I would worry because your body hasn't developed a resistance yet. If it gives you peace of mind, you can get a blood test done to find out whether you have toxo and if you're immune to it. I'm sure you're fine though



 
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Old Mar 18th, 2017, 22:56 PM   4
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thanks much for reply.
to put my mind at ease, I asked for toxoplasmosis blood test. Result will be out end of this week. Will update.



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Old Mar 23rd, 2017, 16:49 PM   5
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If your cat is indoors, the chances of her contracting the toxoplasmosis parasite are slim, unless you feed her raw meat.

The parasite can only be contracted by humans through oral consumption. Your chances are higher of getting it from an undercooked steak than an indoor pet. That being said, it's not overly common in farmed animals in the west, but over the course of a lifetime, chances are reasonable you've already been exposed if you've had a cat/changed litter for many years and enjoy your steaks medium rare. And if you were exposed once, you won't catch it again.

To avoid catching it, you should eat your steaks done well (ugh) and if you must change the litter, use gloves and try not to touch your face or clothes before you strip 'em off and wash up. (you don't want to recontaminate your hands later)

EDIT: Reading some of the other comments, I remembered that at least with litter, it takes 24h outside of kitty's body in the box before you can contract it, so cleaning the box daily is definitely the way to go.



 
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Old Mar 23rd, 2017, 17:10 PM   6
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I have experience on this topic. I tested positive for having an active toxoplasmosis infection in my first pregnancy. My cats were strictly indoor, but my job required me to care for some cats that were part indoor / part outdoor. I probably contracted it that way, but I will never know for sure. Just wash your hands thoroughly after cleaning the litter box. Looking back, I did have symptoms (before I got pregnant) such as a constant headache and swollen lymph nodes. So I was most likely infected before I conceived. My daughter is now a perfectly healthy 3 year old. I did take antibiotics through the pregnancy just as a precaution.



 
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Old Apr 1st, 2017, 23:06 PM   7
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i did my test, it came back fine. That is a great relief!



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Old Apr 4th, 2017, 14:10 PM   8
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I'm glad you were tested and were able to put your mind at ease. We worry about things far more than usual when we're pregnant because we love our babies so much and want them to be healthy and happy. I worry all the time, although I've had 4 perfect pregnancies and 4 perfect babies... I once pet a cat I met outside and then worried for weeks about what if I got sick. lol... It's gonna be just fine. Raw meat is just fine - just wash up after. If you're nervous, food preparation gloves are your friends. I wear them a lot of the time anyway just because I have so many very young kids that I can just tear them off and go run off to help a kid or get them out of danger if need be - and this does come up.



 
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Old Apr 4th, 2017, 15:00 PM   9
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Glad your blood test put your mind at rest. I was so nervous of this when pregnant, my butcher used to give me my change with his hands dirty with bits of raw meat I used to ask him to drop my change in the bag with the meat so I didn't have to touch it But my vet who is also a good friend, told me you would have to basically spread cat poo on toast to contract it through the cat Not sure if true or not (though she must know her stuff). I was just so happy because DH had to change the cat litter just in case (the house chore I hate the most)



 
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