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Animals and pregnant

we have cats and guinea pigs. My husband does take care of the litter but i have noticed i am more sensitive to the smell as i walk past their boxes or cage if they havent been changed. I do not go anywhere near the boxes but can the smell still hurt me..and i'm also concerned about the cats coming from their boxes and tracking litter places.. (like i could catch that disease)idk, i guess i'm getting to be a worry wart now with this pregnancy. do i need to be worried or am i just being nervous?

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Asked by shay1130 at 12:51 PM on Aug. 17, 2012 in Pregnancy

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  • Pregnant women should not change kitty litter,, I can't remember the exact disease, but you are going to have to ask your husband to do this.

    Answer by kimigogo at 1:00 PM on Aug. 17, 2012

  • kimi, he IS changing the litter boxes.

    I think you're being overly nervous. If it were me, I'd sit down with him and just tell him what you've said here: Due to pregnancy your nose is stronger than usual and you're smelling the litter box(es) and cage(s) more than normal. Would he mind cleaning them a little more often? Maybe morning and night instead of mornings.

    As for the litter being tracked around, you should be fine there. Just vacuum it up.

    Answer by Rosehawk at 1:05 PM on Aug. 17, 2012

  • Rosehawk

    Answer by Rosehawk at 1:08 PM on Aug. 17, 2012

  • Sorry I read it wrong,, no need to worry, just the pregnant nose,, I swear when I was pregnant, I could smell coffee from the cafe 2 miles away!

    Answer by kimigogo at 1:11 PM on Aug. 17, 2012

  • You will be fine. Just do not handle the litter or should there be an accident outside the box (unlikely but it hapens)

    Other than that I wouldn't french kiss your cat and just use normal hygene.

    Answer by Dardenella at 1:13 PM on Aug. 17, 2012

  • my husband does not change the litter daily though..should i be concerned about that?

    Comment by shay1130 (original poster) at 1:16 PM on Aug. 17, 2012

  • My husband was working out of state for most of my last 2 pregnancies, and we have cats. My doctor told me to use gloves and a mask to make it safer, but preferred that I not do it at all.

    Answer by Mom-2-3-Girlz at 1:34 PM on Aug. 17, 2012

  • How many cats, and how many boxes? I think the recommendation is 1 more box than cats. That being said, I have 3 cats and one box. It gets scooped out daily, and the litter changed as necessary.

    If your husband is not scooping daily, he should be.

    Answer by Rosehawk at 5:13 PM on Aug. 17, 2012

  • we have 2 cats and they each have a box..he changes the litter once a week. he does not scoop daily like he should and when i say something to him about it he gets mad

    Comment by shay1130 (original poster) at 3:17 PM on Aug. 18, 2012

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