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Do I have to continue to avoid the litter box after pregnancy?
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Dr. Kathryn Mercer
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
The concern is toxoplasmosis, which can be very harmful to a fetus.
Cats are part of the life cycle of these organisms and their "eggs" can be in the stool of the animal, which then get inhaled from stirring up the dried feces. Indoor cats will not have been exposed. Digging in the garden is more dangerous. It is not a serious threat to grown people, however.

In brief: No
The concern is toxoplasmosis, which can be very harmful to a fetus.
Cats are part of the life cycle of these organisms and their "eggs" can be in the stool of the animal, which then get inhaled from stirring up the dried feces. Indoor cats will not have been exposed. Digging in the garden is more dangerous. It is not a serious threat to grown people, however.
Dr. Kathryn Mercer
Dr. Kathryn Mercer
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Dr. David Fein
Preventive Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
The fear of litter boxes is due to "toxo"--or toxoplasmosis, an infection transmitted through cat feces.
The truth is, more cases of toxo are caused by gardening than cats! if your cat is a 100% indoor cat, you can 1) screen your cat for toxo with your vet, and 2) when it's negative 3) make your husband change the litter box...Or, take comfort, and change it yourself.

In brief: No
The fear of litter boxes is due to "toxo"--or toxoplasmosis, an infection transmitted through cat feces.
The truth is, more cases of toxo are caused by gardening than cats! if your cat is a 100% indoor cat, you can 1) screen your cat for toxo with your vet, and 2) when it's negative 3) make your husband change the litter box...Or, take comfort, and change it yourself.
Dr. David Fein
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: No
And really you don't have to avoid it while pregnant either. Toxoplasmosis is most commonly caused by undercooked meat and outdoor cats.
If your cat does not go outdoors then you should be ok.

In brief: No
And really you don't have to avoid it while pregnant either. Toxoplasmosis is most commonly caused by undercooked meat and outdoor cats.
If your cat does not go outdoors then you should be ok.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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