Toxoplasmosis fears cause pregnant women to unnecessarily give up their cats for the safety of their unborn baby
Cat loving pregnant women will be pleased to hear that they don’t have to get rid of their cats for the safety of their unborn child, as charity Cats Protection issue guidelines to reassure mums.
A recent online survey of 1,500 mums or mums-to-be revealed that 60% of them believed their pets could pass on an illness to their babies, yet Cats Protection say that ditching your moggie is unnecessary as 35% of women are given the wrong advice about toxoplasmosis.
“Studies show that cat owners are statistically no more likely to get toxoplasmosis than non-cat owners. The chance of contracting the disease from your cat is very small indeed – in fact you are more likely to get it from handling raw meat,” said Maggie Roberts, Cat Protection’s Director of Veterinary Services
“Of course all cat owners should practice good hygiene routines, especially hand washing after dealing with a litter tray and before handling food, but that’s just common sense,” Maggie continues
“I’m horrified how many women give up a loved family pet because they wrongly believe they shouldn’t have contact with cats during pregnancy. This can upset the whole family. As for the poor cat, it goes into care and charities like Cats Protection are stuck with finding new homes – not an easy task in this current climate,” Dr Carol Cooper, a family doctor and parenting author, said.
Maggie believes that many women were taking advice from non-qualified resources, such as some online forums and blogs as well as family members.
Cats Protection suggests pregnant cat owners should follow these guidelines:
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We have 2 girl cats Maisey and Maddison. We got them at 6 weeks old and they're now 5. Mia is coming up for 3 and Ava's one. i got annoyed like you. If anything the cats stayed clear of the girls and now they are bigger the cats and the girls love to play with each other. Mia likes to put their food out for them. I think it's mad that people give up their cats. I loved having Maddison especially while I was pregnant. She used to lay on the floor next to me and snuggle up to my bump. Mia used to kick and Maddison used to tap my bump back. Lol. I think it's great that you're keeping your cats.
Totally agree with both of you ... when I was telling people about my pregnancy they would all inform me that I had to get rid of my cat before I got there congratulations!
Now they all say I will have to watch my cat because she will sit on the babies face out of spite and/or jealousy which I think is total rubbish ... My mollie to totally spoilt always has been and always will be even when baby arrives and she is scared of her own shaddow if someone knocks at the front door she runs and hides till its all clear ... most of my friends dont even believe I have a cat because she hides until they leave so I have a feeling we will have to protect her from the baby lol
I have bought cat nets for the cot and moses basket but mainly becuase she will sleep in there when the baby isnt using them and I dont want a furry baby lol
I did do research on the net regarding cats sitting on babies faces and it seems that it was an old wives tale from the middle ages relating to religion and witches? and there are no solid cases of this happening cats have been found next to babies that have died of cot death and its believed they might have tried to keep the babies warm after they passed as cats are very protective.
Sorry rant over!
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