Is it safe to handle cat litter while pregnant?

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:46 PM on Feb. 4, 2009 in Pets

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  • Let your doctor know as soon as possible that you were handling cat litter. It isn't very common for a women to get toxoplasmosis during her pregnancy, but when she does it can be fatal to the unborn fetus. I myself have no one else to clean my cat box, so I use rubber gloves and a face mask. I just make sure to wash my hands thoughly once I'm done cleaning it. I've been tested for toxoplasmosis and I don't have it. Just make sure to let your doctor know as soon as possible!
    ali_1107

    Answer by ali_1107 at 11:50 PM on Feb. 4, 2009

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  • Does the cat go outside?
    Zoeybug

    Answer by Zoeybug at 11:56 PM on Feb. 4, 2009

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  • cats get it from killing birds and other animals. my cat is an indoor cat and i am still doing her litter, my doc says it is ok, just good handwashing.
    Zoeybug

    Answer by Zoeybug at 11:58 PM on Feb. 4, 2009

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  • Have you had cats for long? If you've had them for years, you've probably long since had taxoplamosis. In which case it won't matter. It's only a problem if you catch it for the first time while pregnant. And you wouldn't know if you've had it, there are no symptoms.

    But YES, tell your doctor. And try to have someone else clean the box. If you can't, wear gloves and wash your hands afterwards.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 12:00 AM on Feb. 5, 2009

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  • The most important thing you can learn in a pregnancy is to look forward, not back. Every drink of green tea, every shot of rum, every cup of coffee, and yes, every time you cleaned the cat box will haunt you otherwise.

    Your doc will want to see you in a couple of weeks, so call and make the appointment. Mention the cat box cleaning and they may order an extra blood test with your usual battery. It's likely they will make you feel better.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 12:01 AM on Feb. 5, 2009

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  • Here's the thing. If you have had cats for a while, you probably have already been exposed to toxoplasmosis and built up an immunity/antibodies for it and it wont even effect you to keep changing the litter box. You can ask your doctor to test you for the antibodies/immunity for it. I am pretty sure it's a blood test.

    I really wouldn't worry about it. Stop now if you want, but if you have to change it wash your hands and cover your mouth and nose as to prevent breathing in the toxins.
    celticreverie

    Answer by celticreverie at 12:07 AM on Feb. 5, 2009

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  • you know if you have been dealing with cat litter prior to getting prego you have already most likely been exposed to the toxoplasmosis and have had the disease and built up immunities..so no need to worry now. If you have never been exposed, this is when it can make baby sick.. Congratulations on your baby.
    Momforhealth

    Answer by Momforhealth at 12:18 AM on Feb. 5, 2009

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  • Yes, if the cat has toxoplasmosis, a virus that is much like a cold, you can possibly contract it but only if you touch the cat fecal matter (poop) and somehow get it in your blood or mouth, which is unlikely. I'd think you are fine, but I always made my husband change the litter when I was PG. If I did have to ever do it, I always wore gloves. Play it safe, and use gloves from now on and thoroughly wash your hands when done, but best way is to get someone else to do it for you for complete safety. Toxplasmosis may cause problems if you get it.and you may have already been exposed to it, so you would be immune.
    Ginger_07

    Answer by Ginger_07 at 12:37 AM on Feb. 5, 2009

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  • Thanks everyone my husband does change it now : ) & I will get tested I feel better now Cafe mom Rocks!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:44 AM on Feb. 5, 2009

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  • If you are 4 weeks, then you are really only 2 weeks ( because you start counting from day one of period).. 2 weeks later Ovulation...After ovulation it takes 7-10 days to implant.. so you are BARELY Pregnant.. do you know how many people do things drink, smoke, skydive, etc. etc. at your stage? Just keep out of the litter from here on out!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:22 AM on Feb. 5, 2009

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