How To Stay Safe During Pregnancy with Your Cat
New Baby, New Kitten?
Rumour has it that pregnancy and cats don’t go well together.
Let’s start From the Beginning: Toxoplasmosis
Toxoplasmosis is the reason that cats got a bad rep when it comes to being around pregnant women. Whilst it is true that the disease can cause a birth defect in children, there are a few simple steps you can take so that you can have it all: baby and kitten.
Toxoplasmosis is caused by parasites that your cat might pick up from prey or contaminated soil. If you have an indoor-only cat, you don’t need to worry. If your cat loves to explore the outdoors, here is what you do:
– When cleaning the litter box of your kitty, wear disposable gloves and thoroughly wash your hands once the deed is done.
– Use your pregnancy as an excuse to not having to clean the litter box. Instead, get someone else in the household to do it for you. It’s a win-win!
– Choose an automatic alternative, with a self-scooping litter box such as Litter-Robot III Open Air. Buy it now from Cat Evolution for discount deals and special offers. The automatic cat litter box conveniently separates the dirty litter into another compartment which only needs to be emptied once a week for one cat.
– Keep in mind that your cat is not the only possible carrier of the disease. Handling raw meat and soil during gardening are also possible entry points. Make sure to stay away from raw meat and preparing meat and other raw foods on the same cutting board. For your gardening needs, wear gloves.
If you keep to these simple precautions, you, your baby and your cat will stay “purrrrfectly” happy and safe throughout the pregnancy, and your new family member can experience joys a feline friendship provides, from the start.