Yes, you can keep your cat. You may have heard that cat feces can carry the infection toxoplasmosis. This infection is only found in cats who go outdoors and hunt prey, such as mice and other rodents.
Do I have to get rid of my 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 cats cause miscarriages?
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.
Can my pregnancy affect my cat?
Cats and your behavior
Your hormones aren’t the only things changing during pregnancy: You’re moody, fatigued, constantly queasy, and way irritable. Those emotional changes will affect your behavior, and your cat is pretty likely to pick up on the fact that you’re acting differently.
Can a pregnant woman be in the same room as a litter box?
You can change the litter box safely while you’re pregnant, but it’s better to have someone else do this chore if possible. The concern here is toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection that can be transmitted through cat poop (such as in kitty litter or outdoor soil where cats have defecated).
Why do cats lay on pregnant bellies?
Since the temperature of your body may be slightly higher during pregnancy, your cat may like to snuggle up with you more when you’re expecting. Your cat may rub against you, sit on your pregnant belly, or even lie down beside you and put their paw on your belly.
Is it bad to sleep with cats while pregnant?
It’s perfectly fine to be around cats when you’re pregnant, but you do need to be very careful about cleaning the litter box. Have someone else do it if possible. That’s because cat feces (and soil or sand where cats have been) can carry a parasitic infection called toxoplasmosis.
Can you feel kittens move in a pregnant cat?
After about 50 days into the pregnancy, as kittens near their birth size and begin to move about vigorously, they can once again be felt. Abdominal palpation is the least stressful (for a cat) and the least expensive (for you) method of detecting pregnancy—but it is not fail-proof.
Do cats get jealous of babies?
Sadly, cat shelters often take in cats cast out when the owner is expecting a first baby or because the cat scratched the baby and is therefore “jealous and vicious“.
Are cats clingy when pregnant?
If your cat is bothered by your pregnancy, they might (like a firstborn human child) become needy. It’s a time of big changes for everyone, and your cat might even become so anxious that it pees on you, your laundry, or your bed.
Do all cat owners have toxoplasmosis?
All mammals including humans are considered intermediate hosts and can become infected, but cannot shed the eggs of the parasite and infect others. It is considered that greater than 40% of humans and 30% of cats have been exposed to Toxoplasmosis and would have a positive antibody test.