Myths and Facts About Pregnancy

You Have to Break up With Your Cat

Myth! Pregnant women do not have to get rid of their cats. While there is a risk of congenital toxoplasmosis, an infection passed to a developing baby if the pregnant mother becomes infected, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that you’re more likely to get toxoplasmosis from eating raw meat or gardening than from a cat. You may not have to break up with your cat, but avoid contact your cat’s litter box and refrain from handling cat feces. Also, the CDC recommends feeding your cat commercial cat food, keeping him or her inside, avoiding strays, covering sandboxes and wearing gloves when gardening.

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July 25, 2014

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July 25, 2014