///Should pregnant women avoid cats because cat feces can cause birth defects?
Should pregnant women avoid cats because cat feces can cause birth defects? 2017-01-28T09:41:19+00:00

Should pregnant women avoid cats because cat feces can cause birth defects?

There is some level of truth to this myth, although the chances of it occurring are slim.

Toxoplasmosis is an infection that can be bad for a pregnancy if the fetus gets infected. The organism is carried in the feces of cats and other similar animals. Therefore, cats that are out in the wild, who eat dead meat of other animals infected with toxoplasmosis, can pass the organism to a pregnant women, according to the UAMS Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

However, if it is a house cat that never goes out, never ingests feces or meat from other infected animals and remains under the care of a veterinarian, it is HIGHLY unlikely that there will be a problem.

Good hand washing and perhaps avoiding changing the cat litter should be fine although that isn’t even a problem if the cat is unaffected. If you are concerned with possibility of toxoplasmosis, you should take your cat to a veterinarian to make sure the cat is not infected.

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