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    It is because pets might carry worms that will cause deformed baby. It can be transmitted by touch of their waste.
    I am pregnant and was warned by lots of people. I have started deworming my dog once a month but there is still chance that in between the deworming days she got caught with worms. Giving pets away is a lot easier I guess. I am not giving her away but I am being extra cautious.

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    Toxoplasmosis: contracted after contact with a parasite found in cat feces. In most healthy people, toxoplasmosis infection produces no symptoms. When symptoms do occur they may include swollen glands, fatigue, muscle pain, fever, sore throat, and a rash. In pregnant women, toxoplasmosis can cause miscarriage, premature births, and severe illness and blindness in newborns. Pregnant women should avoid contact with litter boxes. People whose immune systems have been weakened by illnesses such as HIV or cancer are at risk for severe complications from toxoplasmosis infection.

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    I've never heard of worms that will cause deformed babies. I'd like to see a proper scientific source to back that up before I believe it.

    Cats do carry bacteria that can be harmful. They only live in their feces though. So you should just be extra careful when emptying the cat litter tray. But one would expect that you are always careful around poo even when you are not pregnant, so it's neither here nor there.

    ETA: we posted at the same time.

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    as long as precautions are taken when cleaning cat faeces there is only a little chance of infection. (precautions such as wearing gloves, mask etc)
    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chipps View Post
    Nice response.

    Also....Kids brought up with a healthy attitude for any animal also have a better sense of responsibility and caring for all living things later in life.

    Don't ask me to quote any source, it just makes sense.
    Well said..........Have to agree

    And good personal hygiene will prevent the other problems. Good excuse not to have to clean the litter tray for at least nine months
    Pets are forever

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunmcc View Post
    Toxoplasmosis: contracted after contact with a parasite found in cat feces. In most healthy people, toxoplasmosis infection produces no symptoms. When symptoms do occur they may include swollen glands, fatigue, muscle pain, fever, sore throat, and a rash. In pregnant women, toxoplasmosis can cause miscarriage, premature births, and severe illness and blindness in newborns. Pregnant women should avoid contact with litter boxes. People whose immune systems have been weakened by illnesses such as HIV or cancer are at risk for severe complications from toxoplasmosis infection.
    Gloves? face mask? Partner change the litter tray? Don't share utensils with the cat? Don't eat it's poo?



    I have had pets right through all of my pregnancies and apart from the 4 kids being extremely annoying, none are deformed.

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    There is some truth it that.
    During Chemo I was banned from cleaning cat litter. Do agree pug that it would be better if you didn't as well during this time.

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    My cat no longer has a litter tray. She goes out the window for her business and then returns back to her spots around the house like Madam Muck

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    I think what also may have been referred to as being harmful to pregnant/immunocompromised conditions people is something called Cat Scratch disease or Bartonella henselae Infection it has been responsible for deaths in even healthy people, the only reason I even found out about it was after a friend lost her little one and that's what the doctors/specialists thought was the largest contributing factor (he was a special needs bub).

    Cat scratch disease - Department of Primary Industries

    Diseases: Cat Scratch | CDC Healthy Pets Healthy People
    Last edited by kdee; 09-25-2011 at 08:29 PM. Reason: the idiot (yes me) behind the keyboard couldn't spell
    ALL kittens are devil spawn wrapped in cuteness!

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    Gloves? face mask? Partner change the litter tray? Don't share utensils with the cat? Don't eat it's poo?



    I have had pets right through all of my pregnancies and apart from the 4 kids being extremely annoying, none are deformed.

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