Toxoplasmosis is a disease that scares all pregnant women and often the blame for the possible infection is given to the house cat, some even advise removing it!
Given that on this blog cats (and even dogs) are considered family members so I never, ever recommend you to give away a “family member”, let’s see how things really are and how to avoid problems, even if you have discovered to have a baby and you have a kitten.
The first thing you need to do is get the doctor to prescribe the test to see if you already have toxoplasmosis antibodies in your blood, it will prescribe you IgG and IgM antibodies, if IgG antibodies are positive in your blood it means you have already contracted the first toxoplasmosis and now you are immune to future infections so relax because there are no more risks.
If IgM antibodies are positive in your blood, it means that you have the disease underway at the moment, if you are pregnant you will probably not notice any symptoms but there may be risks to your baby so immediately contact your gynecologist to limit the damage.
If you have both negative antibodies it means that you have never come into contact with Toxoplasma gondii (the micro-organism responsible for toxoplasmosis) and you will have to be careful not to get infected during the next 9 months.
The infection of toxoplasma can occur in two ways: by ingestion of the feces (even of a microscopic quantity) of an infected animal or by ingestion of meat of an infected animal and now I will explain you better what it means:
- if your cat has contracted toxoplasma and has the infection (which is asymptomatic), its feces can infect you, but only if you ingest them!
Since I doubt that you are in the habit of eating the cat’s hat or you don’t use gloves, and then you wash your hands well, after changing the litter box it is practically impossible for your kitty to infect you.
If you want to be safer you can ask your partner or another family member to change the litter box for you for the next 9 months, but you can safely continue to do so if you follow the normal and minimum hygiene rules of the case.
So turning the cat away is of no use, don’t do it at all!
He thinks that many people who have cats for a lifetime and have changed hundreds of litters, when they do the test find that they have never been infected by toxoplasma, precisely because the cat is innocent.
- if you eat badly washed vegetables this may have come into contact with the feces of animals infected with toxoplasma (without symptoms) and become infected, this is one of the greatest risks, together with those of the following points of this list.
Make a habit of thoroughly washing vegetables, use an additive to water only: a spoonful of baking soda, a little bit of white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide, or the appropriately diluted amusing.
- if you eat meat from animals infected with toxoplasma (but without symptoms) that has not been cooked well you can take toxoplasmosis too, to avoid risks when you are pregnant you must eat only well-cooked meat and avoid raw meat, blood, black pudding and raw sausages (especially if handcrafted). If you handle raw meat, wash your hands very well after each contact.
The Toxoplasma gondii dies at a temperature of 60-70 degrees centigrade.
- if you touch the ground doing gardening and then don’t wash your hands thoroughly you can get the infection, so keep on gardening but always use gloves and wash your hands well afterward.