Be careful next time you change the kitty litter -- cat poop can carry a nefarious parasite that may be much more widespread than thought, researchers say. Cats in the United States release about 2.6 billion pounds (1.2 million metric tons) of feces into the environment every year. Cat dung carries the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, a single-celled organism that creates infectious agents called oocysts. These oocysts can infect pregnant women, causing congenital problems in the baby such as deafness, seizures, eye damage and mental retardation. The parasite also infects people with compromised immune systems, such as those with HIV/AIDS.
Comments: We have known this for some years. Pregnant women have been advised not to deal with the kitty litter box. And cats have been known to relieve themselves in kids´ sandboxes. Now they are wondering about other issues cat feces (Toxoplasma gondii) may cause.
Oh, not again! Providing you don´t put your hands in the litter box and play around with the contents, then put your fingers in your mouth, you should be just fine. I´ve had indoor cats, 95% of them rescued strays from when I was volunteering for an organization that looked after feral colonies, for over 65 years--at one point Mr A and I had 13 in the house. We´re down to four.
Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease caused by the protozoan Toxoplasma gondii. The parasite infects most genera of warm-blooded animals, including humans, but the primary host is the felid (cat) family. Animals are infected by eating infected meat, by ingestion of feces of a cat that has itself recently been infected, or by transmission from mother to fetus. Cats are the primary source of infection to human hosts, although contact with raw meat, especially pork, is a more significant source of human infections in some countries. Fecal contamination of hands is a significant risk factor.
Don´t let kids play in litter boxes, use boxes with lids, keep a lid on the sandbox outside, if you´re pregnant don´t go near the litter box, wash your hands soon as you´ve finished scooping. Use plastic grocery bags and double-bag, tie securely before placing in trash. You might prefer to use the Litter Locker system:
Works well, just as advertised. Honestly, all this time and I´ve never come across anyone who has or had toxo. When the article says "up to" 1/3 of the world population carries it, think of places like rural Afghanistan, India, China, etc. The CDC says 10 or 11% in the US.
These scare study/articles are put out by people who want to get rid of cats. It´ll be dogs next.
#1, I´ve found holly leaves quite effective, especially after they dry. Please don´t blame the cats--it´s their owners who permit them to roam. I read somewhere that cats don´t like citrus smells so you could try lemon and orange peel.
This was big news last year in regard to the rat experiments and human correlation studies. While reading through that interesting info-dump, I believe I read that the oocysts only are excreted for about 2 weeks in a newly-infected cat.
From that I deduced if your kitty is a long-term house-cat, it either is no longer excreting the parasites or is uninfected.
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