If you’re pregnant, you’ve probably heard that you and your unborn child may be at risk from toxoplasmosis. It’s caused by a parasite that cats carry, and symptoms can be flulike. Severe cases can damage an unborn child’s brain and eyes. While you’re more likely to contact toxoplasmosis from raw meat than from a cat, says Elizabeth Stone, dean of the Ontario Veterinary College, you should still play it safe.
Faecal exams for your pets are a good start but not conclusive. Clean litter daily. Let someone else do it. If you must do it yourself, wear a mask and gloves.
House cats are less likely to get toxoplasmosis, so consider keeping your cat indoors. Infected strays may have been in your flower beds. Wear gloves when gardening.