A cat giving an expectant mother Toxoplasmosis is a common concern for many parents, and as scary as it may sound from other sites you’ve read, the Centers for Disease Control does not even consider being a cat owner a risk factor for contracting the parasite.
Two of the main risk factors are actually eating under-cooked meat or unwashed veggies and gardening.
Cats can only transmit Toxoplasmosis through their poop and not at all through petting. It can also take 1 to 5 days for the eggs excreted in a cat’s poop to become infectious, plus, cats can only shed the eggs for a few days.
Indoor cats also have a significantly lesser chance of contracting Toxoplasmosis because they aren’t able to eat infected mice and birds.
To be extra safe, even with the risk being so low, pregnant women should still use gloves while cleaning litter boxes or just not scoop them at all, and boxes should be scooped daily.
If you’re expecting a baby, don’t worry about having to stop all contact with your cat or about having to give them up, you can still love your kitty like you always do and include them in this exciting adventure you’re beginning.