I have 2 kitties and I even scooped their litter a couple times while I was pregnant b/c I felt bad for the poor cats (DH hates their litter) -- I wore gloves and a mask. The danger with cat feces is a parasite (taxoplasmosis) that you can catch from it and can cause your baby to catch the parasite and cause some birth defects -- this parasite is also often found in undercooked pork, in unclean water, on dirty veges, and soil. The thing is, tho, most folks who have cats have already been exposed and once exposed you will not catch it again. If you HAVE to change litter, use precautions that I did. Cats are not dangerous to babies unless very, very ill-tempered and mean - even then they may just be afraid. My one cat ignores baby even when grabbed and the other follows him around and watches him and asks to be petted and even if he pulls her fur out she just walks away. If you have nice kitties they'll be fine!
at 2:06 PM on Jul. 30, 2009