If you're pregnant, it's likely someone has warned you against having cats in your home. There's a lot of fear and misinformation circulating about cats and human pregnancy.
Here's the truth: Cats can get a microscopic, single-celled, protozoan parasite called Toxoplasma that can cause severe birth defects in an unborn child. Hunting cats can get this parasite after eating infected birds, rodents, or other prey. An infected cat usually sheds the parasite in its stool for up to two weeks, with sporadic shedding afterwards.
But you don't have to get rid of your cat. In fact, you are much more likely to be exposed to Toxoplasma from eating undercooked meat or gardening than from your cat. Cats don't carry the organism on their hair coat, so petting them is safe. Listed below are the many ways to avoid exposure to Toxoplasma.
Quarry Hill Park Animal Hospital
2554 Clare Ln NE
Rochester, MN 55906
Hours of Operation
M W F: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tue: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thu: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Sat - Sun: Closed