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How can litter boxes hurt my baby?



Asked by Alysia_Moore at 1:42 AM on Mar. 30, 2009 in Pets

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  • It's called toxoplasmosis. It generally does not affect healthy adults, but can cause brain and eye damage to an unborn baby. It is a parasite that are in cat feces, generally in cats that are outdoor cats are most infected, but it can make its way to indoor cats too. It is not the litter, be warned as it warms up, cats do tend to crap in flower beds. ALWAYS wear gloves if gardening, or have some one else do it for you. I would stay away from the cat box all together.

    Answer by 3galsmomma at 2:00 AM on Mar. 30, 2009

  • I believe it is chemical or something in the cat litter that is not safe for babies.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:44 AM on Mar. 30, 2009

  • it's not the litter box... it's the cat urine and feces, there's all kinds of dirt and germs in it and i don't exactly remember what it does but it can make not only your baby but you, and whoever else gets near it pretty sick... if you don't keep it clean that is. but my OB/GYN told me not to clean mine when i was pregnant so if you're pregnant i would find someone else to clean the box

    Answer by pringles_697 at 1:45 AM on Mar. 30, 2009

  • They've said a lot already but yeah you don't get to clean the litter box for a long time.. even tho they say the only real way to get infected would be to clean it.. touch the feces within days of the cat first being infected.. and then getting it into your eyes or mouth... so i'd say you'd be safe... but stay away just in case

    Answer by Jan0609momma at 2:20 AM on Mar. 30, 2009

  • There is nothing in the is toxoplasmosis that is found in the feces of outdoor cats who eat rodents...when you tell your doctor that you have cats they will do a test to see if you are a carrier. If you are not and the cat never goes outside then you will be fine. However, it is a good idea to have someone else clean the litter box while you are preggo. The same goes with gardening, you should always wear gloves b/c of things in the dirt. BTW, cats are NOT dangerous to babies, so don't worry about that. the only thing you should have to worry about it allergies, but just don't let the cat around baby too much in the beginning and she will probably be ok.:)

    Answer by calliesmommie at 8:25 PM on Mar. 30, 2009