Pregnancy and Cats
Worries about the health of an unborn child weigh heavily on the mind of an expectant mum and there seems to be potential hazards everywhere you look.
People may warn you about the dangers of picking up toxoplasmosis from your cat as it is a huge risk. Don’t panic – find out the facts.
Toxoplasmosis is caused by the infection of a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. If a pregnant woman is infected during pregnancy (especially the first trimester) if can cause problems for the developing foetus. Cats can carry the parasite if they eat infected wildlife; however, this can only be passed on via faeces and you actually have to swallow the parasite to become infected. Cats do not present the greatest risk of meeting toxoplasmosis – undercooked meat and