Hi ladies, I don't belong here...yet, still ttc. However, just wondering if you can help me? We are ttc at the moment and I really want to get a kitten/cat. I've been warned recently about the risks of those pregnant with cats and want to see what opinions there are out there? We're looking at getting a Birman or a Ragdoll which we could keep inside permanently if needed. Any advice from those out there with cats?
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07-05-2012 21:49 #1Junior Member
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Cats and pregnancy
07-05-2012 21:53 #2Senior Member
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I think you just have to avoid changing the kitty litter. Something in their poop can be dangerous. Not such a bad thing
07-05-2012 21:58 #3
Yes, what kymmi said. I think it is toxoplasmosis that you can get from changing cat litter while pregnant. I am lucky so far as my cat goes outside when he needs to go. Aside from cat trying to sleep on faces ect (my 5yo cat still tries to with us when he is cold) I can't think of other reasons to not have a cat. I know our nursery door will be kept tightly closed when we eventually have a bub.
07-05-2012 22:01 #4
You need to make sure they are fully vaccinated and avoid all of their bi-products as you can contract toxoplasmosis, which can harm an unborn baby.
My mum contracted it while pregnant with me.
I was born with four holes in my heart, three layers of skin, and only one lung.
It's scary, but I was fine during my pregnancy, I just made dh do all the cleaning up of the cat area :P
07-05-2012 22:03 #5
Apparently most adults are immune to toxoplasmosis, meaning they have had it before, you can get a blood test to check.
But yup as the other said, just dont change the litter or if you do, use gloves and wash hands well after.
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07-05-2012 22:07 #6
We have 2 Devon Rex cats and have had them for years. To be safe, while I was pregnant I didn't change the litter which was fine because dh tends to do it anyways. If you do have to do it, just make sure you thoroughly wash your hands and you won't be at any risk. When I was pregnant our little boy cat would snuggle around my bump and I really think he knew something was happening! They are lovely company!!
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07-05-2012 22:36 #7
I'm 22 weeks pregnant, have 2 indoor cats. DH changes the litter. There are no other issues that I'm aware of. I had cats during my last pregnancy as well and gave birth to a healthy bub
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07-05-2012 22:37 #8
we had a birman when i was preg with DD1.
i just made my partner do the litter changing for that 9mths
oh and birman's are beautiful cats both in looks and nature
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07-05-2012 22:50 #9
I'm 36 weeks preg, all scans show spawn is perfect . We have 2 indoor cats, I do scoop the litter sometimes but I wear a mask (and look very Michael Jackson!) to avoid breathing in the dust (this is apparently a bad thing) and scrub my hands afterwards. Usually I just scoop the poos out and DH changes the litterbox when the litter needs replacing.
07-05-2012 22:55 #10
I'm 26weeks pregs with 2 cats. Theyr usually outside cats but when we moved house a few weeks ago they had to be kept inside with a kitty litter for over a week. Partner cleaned the kitty litter but I got annoyed with the smell one day and did it myself but used gloves so that it wouldn't touch my skin. Pretty sure you just need to make sure that you don't change the litter tray and if your desperate make sure to use gloves.
But maybe it'd be easier to put off getting a new cat for a while. They can take a while to get used to their surroundings, family and be trained. My 2yr old cat still plays up knocking things over and slight nips us on nose while asleep to tell us she's hungry etc.
If you fall pregnant and training a new cat it might be just the extra stress you don't need.
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