If you have a cat you may be concerned about how to take care of her during your pregnancy.
  • Do not change cat litter -It is best if you can have somebody that is not pregnant change your catís litter box. If you do not have somebody to help with this or if a situation occurs where you need to change your catís litter box, use gloves and a mask, and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water when you are done. Changing cat litter daily may help cut down your chances of being infected.
  • Feed your cat canned or dry cat food- Do not feed your cat table
    food or undercooked meats. Raw meats may contain the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis
  • Keep your cat indoors- Cats that go outside are more likely to contract the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis.
    mice, or other small animals containing the parasite is a common way that cats acquire the parasite.
  • Do not take in a new cat or a stray cat- If you are pregnant, this is not the best time to take in a new cat. Stray cats may be more likely to carry the parasite.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water after handling your cat- You are probably not going to get infected just from touching or playing with your cat but it is a good idea to wash your hands after handling your cat.
Other tips for avoiding toxoplasmosis during your pregnancy

Toxoplasmosis can also be contracted from soil that has been contaminated or from eating or handling raw meat.

  • Wear gloves when you garden- If you have a garden or are going to be touching dirt or soil wear gloves. Wash your hands with soap and water when you are done.
  • Wash your hands after handling raw meat- Wash your hands with soap and water after handling meat. Be sure to wipe down any counters, kitchen utensils, or handles that you might have touched with a disinfectant.
  • Donít eat raw meats- Make sure that you
    cook all meats thoroughly. Do not eat undercooked or pink colored meat.


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