This is really a "mouthful". Toxoplasmosis is a parasite that can be
contracted in a number of different ways. Raw meat and your cats litter
box are two examples. Cats have been recognized for some time as a host
for this parasite and many people have been unnecessarily worried about
the role their pet may play in transmitting this disease to them.
disease itself can cause many problems, but the most talked about is
the potential for causing birth defects in unborn children. People
handling a cat's litter box and then not washing their hands before
eating or putting their hands in their mouth can wind up with a
"mouthful" of Toxoplasmosis organisms. Of course, this assumes your cat
has this parasite.
Actually, it is far more likely
that you would be infected with this parasite by working with raw meat
during cooking. Using the cutting board or knife afterwards without
washing them first to cut veggies or other foods that are not
adequately cooked following preparation or not washing your hands
before eating or putting your fingers in your mouth........
If you are pregnant or are likely to be, you should discuss the
potential for exposure to this parasite with your physician and
veterinarian. Please don't get rid of Kitty just because you are not
well enough informed about the problem. A simple alternative may be to
have someone else handle Kitty’s box during the pregnancy, or simply
practice good hygiene and wash your hands.