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What can ingesting kitty litter box and/or kitty feces do medically?

Yes, my 2 year old got into the litter box last night, i washed her hands very well. however i had posted in the past how she has been sick often lately for the past few months...

and since this happened the question popped in my head!

Could she be doing this often while we dont know it and she getting sick from it?

We have the litter box somewhere where shed have to move things in order to get to it, and i have NEVER seen her do this before last night. She also is not one to stick things in her mouth. I was also thrown off that she did this last night because she points to the kitty box and says "EWW!!!!" all the time knowing its yucky...

anyway any input on if it could be causing her to get sick a lot would help! im taking her to the dr soon but cant right now.

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Asked by MomNbabyGirl009 at 6:59 PM on Feb. 16, 2011 in Kids' Health

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  • She could very well be, have her checked, cat feces has a lot of toxins in it, I would definitely take her as soon as possible to be seen.

    Answer by older at 7:01 PM on Feb. 16, 2011

  • Toxoplasmosis is what comes to mind. This why pregnant women aren't supposed to clean the litter box. In all likelihood, she'll be fine, but I'd just watch for the symptoms described in the link.


    Answer by evwsquared at 7:03 PM on Feb. 16, 2011

  • shes had the follow: ( i wrote it all down on paper so i have it when i take her to the dr :)

    frequent fever of 100-101

    runny nose since abt sept-oct

    random vomiting

    had an upper resp infection

    had one ear infection in her left ear

    she has green nose drainage

    congested (sounds like a cat purring when she breaths very often

    a cough for a few months

    random lethargy (may just be tired but im not sure)

    light wheezing at random times

    hasnt NOT been sick with somethig since about september

    she also has a raised skin color rough non itchy rash on her body, ( i think this may be irrelevant to her being sick though) i think its just her skin type (sensitivity,,,i am like that as well)

    Comment by MomNbabyGirl009 (original poster) at 7:07 PM on Feb. 16, 2011

  • oh and some diarrhea, at times its just EXTREMELY mushy and i think it should be becoming more solid at this age shes at and the thigns she eats.

    a couple months ago her poop was WHITE and literally GRAINY for about 10 days straight. (dr said he didnt know what that was)

    Comment by MomNbabyGirl009 (original poster) at 7:08 PM on Feb. 16, 2011

  • Here's a list of diseases that you can get from cats. I would ask him to test a stool sample to rule out parasites. Try giving her some probiotics to help regularize her digestive system. Just feeding her yogurt would help a lot. You're right, that she should be having solid poops at this age.


    Answer by evwsquared at 7:30 PM on Feb. 16, 2011

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