PREGNANCY AND THE CAT, HOW TO DO IT?
Here you are in the family, we see you ... you are there on the sofa surrounded by sleepy cats, wagging dogs, hopping bunnies, flying parrots and who knows what other life partner we do not judge anyone, even some very sweet little pigs are fine! little family, but maybe with an small hairless component?!
So here we are to talk to you about another much debated and interesting topic ...The cat and pregnancy!
How many times have we read bombshell articles such as no animals in pregnancy, toxoplasmosis alarm in pregnancy and so on? We know that there is nothing worse than reading incorrect information, which can lead totare unnecessary anxiety to future parentsof a non-hairy child !, let's clarify some points togethero.
The pathology that creates more fear in mothers and fathers during pregnancy is certainly toxoplasmosis.But what is it?
Theretoxoplasmosisis a disease caused by a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, which is contracted and developed by more than half of the Italian population, even without realizing it, since it is a disease that in most casesit does not manifest itself with any symptoms. It mainly contractsingesting or handling undercooked or raw meats that contain toxoplasma, eating vegetables and fruits contaminated and unwashed, howeverdirect contact with the feces of a cat that has been infected. The cat gets sick by eating contaminated meat of other animals and eliminates the parasite with the feces, dogs can get sick butthey do not expel the pathogen and are therefore not a source of contagion.
And therefore, we must be afraid to be next to our little furry friend during pregnancy? Absolutely not! After all the scientific explanation, we finally arrive you will think! to the point ... What do you do fa? Don't panic!
- Avoid as much as possible that the cat comes into contact with infected prey eg. Mice;);
- Don't give him raw meat, just cooked food;
- Avoid contact with cat feces;
- Always wash your hands after caressing and cuddling him;
Entrust others with the task of cleaning and sterilizing the litter box with boiling water here some ideas of litter boxes --- & gt;; Litter boxes), or if necessary, use disposable gloves.
During pregnancystay in the company of your furry friend, following the due precautions as reported above. As soon as the baby is born, it is advisable to let the cat and the baby become familiar, immediately, without forcing the relationship. For example, making him smell clothes and diapers we do not guarantee that the furry dog will be happy to smell the baby's diaper! so he can get used to the baby's smell.. IS important that our friendis not isolated, thus achieving the opposite effect, fueling his jealousy and making him feelonly and excluded.
IS basic keep habitsthat we have with him as much as possible when the baby arrives, whether it be a walk, play, sleep in our bed It will certainly not be easy to carry on the habits we had with our dog, cat, parrot or pig! together with a newborn at home, but it is good to remember thate the animal it is not an object to be set aside,is a living being, an integral part of our family as much as the newcomer and goesrespected. He loves us, he trusts us,we are his family!
You can find our article in which we covered the topic of how important it is to have one or more furry friends at home, both for us and for our baby humans, by clicking here ---- & gt; BUT IT IS REALLY GOOD TO LIVE WITH PETS?
I close with onevery beautiful sentence, to remember and teach the future child, to make sure he grows well with the animals, thus learning love and respect::
Compassion and empathy for the smallest of animals is one of the noblest virtues a man can receive as a gift..