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    My cat has just come back from the vet yesterday afternoon and has been very stressed and insecure since she came back. I am 19 weeks pregnant and had a GP visit today to get a referral for my 20 week scan. I mentioned being broke cause of vet fees for the cat and he starts asking me about if I know the risks with cats and whether I wash my hands after patting her etc. He then went on to say "its probably better if you are hands off till after baby is born."

    As I sit here cuddling my very insecure cat who is in need of a lot of reassurance I am left thinking "yeah ok dude, that is totally possible right now. My cat will totally not hate the baby when its born if I stop touching her just because of it." (note some heavy sarcasm there).

    Am I the only one that thinks that his advice is totally OTT? Its not like I am cleaning her litter or anything. I also get the "get rid of the cat" comments from people I know. It annoys me. Im not going to get rid of a family member from paranoia.

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    I wouldn't. That's just me. As long as you stay away from cat litter you aren't really at much risk of toxoplasmosis. And your cat needs you right now

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    I'm a vet. You have more chance of catching toxo from handling raw meat or gardening than from your cat. I have 2 cats and I cuddled them etc throughout my pregnancy. Just be sensible with litter hygiene and wash your hands frequently

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    P.S. my cats have been fine with my newborn - he's nearly 5 weeks old. Both cats still get lots of affection and love to head butt me while I'm feeding my bub

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    I have 2 indoor/outdoor cats (aged 7 and 1) and right now one is asleep right next to me on my bed. They have free roam of the house except the kitchen bench and dinner table....only thing I have changed is that I now put my pillows away rather than leaving them on the bed for the cats to put their bums on and I dont clean the litter tray, DP does. I dont wash my hands after every time I pat them or anything but I always wash my hands before touching food.
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    It really is a low risk and I really hate that doctors still push this nonsense. Just another thing that aids the cat hatred people have

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    I agree with PP. Just steer clear of kitty litter.

    We have two cats and 5 week old DD. They are curious about her and sniff her occasionally when feeding, but run a mile as soon as she makes any noise.

    Only you know your cat and so you need to make the decision to keep/get rid of, but we haven't had any problems with our 2.

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    I have 3 cats. I cleaned up catshi.t whilst preggers (not ideal, but I did have to do it from time to time with 3 cats eager to sneak inside over those 9 months)... just made sure I wore gloves and a mask (cheapo from chemist) when changing litter, always cleaned up my hands afterwards with alcohol hand cleanser...
    Just be clean and don't handle poops if you can avoid them!

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    As pp have said I was freaked too but then researched it and got more freaked out about the food we eat :/ lol!

    My boy sleeps with us, eats liver treats every night or he won't shut up! One spoil sport. I use anti bacterial gel since pregnant because I'm too lazy walk to bathroom. But I wash my hands before eating, cooking etc

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    Yeah, I could never get rid of her and I laughed inside when the doctor told me not to pat her at all. As if! It just annoyed me that people still say stuff like this. Especially coming from someone who is sposed to be a professional. I wondered whether it was just me that knew a bunch of people who had never done thier research or if other people get to hear this rot as well. My partner cleans the litter tray and I wash my hands before putting them near my face or eating or whatever. To me that should be enough. I have a snake too that can carry salmonella but I'm sure not getting rid of her either.


 

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