Be careful with handling cats during pregnancy. They may carry toxoplasmosis, an infection caused by a parasite. Cats who go outside or hunt prey can get toxoplasmosis. Cats pass this parasite in their feces (poop).
Can I visit a friend with a cat while pregnant?
No. You do not need to stay away from cats while you’re pregnant. However, it’s best that you don’t change cat litter. Cat poo can carry a parasite that causes an infection called toxoplasmosis.
Can I get toxoplasmosis from petting my cat?
It is extremely unlikely that you would pick up toxoplasmosis by petting your cat or being scratched or bitten by your cat, because the organism is not spread by the fur or saliva. You CAN, however, pick up toxoplasmosis by eating undercooked infected meat, particularly lamb and pork.
Can you touch animals when pregnant?
pregnant women should avoid handling (including washing) clothing, boots or any materials that may have come into contact with animals that have recently given birth, their young or afterbirths.
What happens if you touch a pregnant cat?
Whilst it’s safe to stroke your pregnant cat, make sure that you avoid her tummy. This area will be very sensitive, and any touching there could cause her discomfort or hurt her unborn kittens. If you do have to pick your cat up, make sure to “scoop” her up from her bottom, rather than touch her stomach.
Can I kiss my cat while pregnant?
Absolutely! Petting your cat will not result in becoming infected. As a matter of fact, while Toxoplasmosis is a danger to an unborn baby, the chances of actually being infected are very low.
Can cats cause a miscarriage?
Cats can carry Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that causes birth defects, miscarriages and death in people with weakened immune systems. The animals usually contract the disease by eating contaminated raw meat and small prey.
Is it safe to have a cat with a baby?
Babies, children and cats should never be left together unsupervised. It is important an adult supervises at all times. The main health and safety risks to your child are: risks to their breathing.
Do cats know you are pregnant?
Does your cat know you’re pregnant? Yes and no. They don’t know what pregnancy is, but they probably know something is different about you. Whether they’re responding to changes in smell, hearing a new but faint heartbeat, or just picking up on all the changes to the routine, we can’t say for certain.
Do indoor cats carry toxoplasmosis?
In addition, cats kept indoors (that do not hunt prey or are not fed raw meat) are not likely to be infected with Toxoplasma. But, if you are pregnant, planning on becoming pregnant, or have a weakened immune system, it is important to protect yourself from infection.
Which animals should you avoid when pregnant?
If you’re pregnant or planning to get pregnant, be very careful with rodents like hamsters, guinea pigs and mice. They may carry a virus called lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (also called LCMV) that can be harmful to you and your baby. LCMV can cause severe birth defects and miscarriage.
What animals are you not allowed near when pregnant?
Salmonella is widespread in many animals, including:
- birds such as parrots, canaries, finches and pigeons.
- dogs and cats.
How long is a cat pregnant before she delivers?
A cat’s pregnancy lasts about 63-65 days. So, a cat can have kittens when they are only 6 months old.
When Can You Feel kittens in a pregnant cat?
By the fifth week of pregnancy, the kittens’ nerves and muscles are developing. With development of muscles, they can begin moving and kicking some within the uterus. By now, your cat’s belly should be starting to fill out and look bigger.
Can I get a new kitten while pregnant?
Avoid stray cats, especially kittens. Do not get a new cat while you are pregnant. Keep outdoor sandboxes covered. Wear gloves when gardening and during contact with soil or sand because it might be contaminated with cat feces that contain Toxoplasma.