In this photo, Dr. Katie is demonstrating proper personal protective equipment for litter box cleaning if you are pregnant. Pregnant women who clean the litter box should wear gloves and a mask, and thoroughly wash their hands when finished.
How can a pregnant woman safely clean a litter box?
The Humane Society of the United States offers these suggestions: Ask a partner, friend or family member to clean the litter box while you are pregnant. If you must clean the box yourself, wear gloves and then thoroughly wash hands. Make sure the litter box is cleaned daily, and keep your cat indoors.
Can you get toxoplasmosis from breathing in cat litter?
As the cat feces dry, the oocysts may become aerosolized. They can thus be inhaled by a person changing cat litter or just walking in an area where cats have defecated. An outbreak of toxoplasmosis among patrons of a riding stable was thought to have occurred in this manner.
How likely is toxoplasmosis during pregnancy?
If you get toxoplasmosis during pregnancy, you have a 3 in 10 chance (30 percent) of passing the infection to your baby. The later in your pregnancy you get infected, the more likely it is that your baby gets infected.
Has anyone had a baby born with toxoplasmosis?
Many (up to 90 percent of) babies born with congenital toxoplasmosis experience no immediate symptoms. However, one sign of infection is a premature birth or an abnormally low birth weight.
Do indoor cats carry toxoplasmosis?
It is unlikely that you would be exposed to the parasite by touching an infected cat because cats usually do not carry the parasite on their fur. In addition, cats kept indoors (that do not hunt prey or are not fed raw meat) are not likely to be infected with Toxoplasma.
Is breathing in cat litter dust harmful?
Crystalline silica dust, the other ingredient in most clumping litters, is a known carcinogen for both humans and household pets when inhaled. According to OSHA.gov, “Crystalline silica has been classified as a human lung carcinogen.
What are the signs of toxoplasmosis in humans?
Symptoms of toxoplasmosis
- Swollen lymph glands, especially around the neck.
- Muscle aches and pains.
- Generally feeling unwell.
- Inflammation of the lungs.
- Inflammation of the heart muscle.
- Inflammation of the eye, for example, the retina (at the back of the eye).
Is breathing in kitty litter bad?
Litter boxes that aren’t cleaned regularly enough can contain buildups of urine and feces, resulting in dangerous ammonia fumes. Ammonia, which is a toxic gas, can cause serious breathing issues and other problems.
Can I kiss my cat while pregnant?
Absolutely! Petting your cat will not result in becoming infected. As a matter of fact, while Toxoplasmosis is a danger to an unborn baby, the chances of actually being infected are very low.
Which trimester is the most critical for development?
The First Trimester: Fetal Development. The most dramatic changes and development happen during the first trimester. During the first eight weeks, a fetus is called an embryo.