By Lexi Petronis, Glamour magazine
Did you know that, when you're pregnant, you're not allowed to change kitty litter? For real. And it's not just because it's hard to do when you're sporting a huge baby belly. There's an actual health risk involved...
Cats can play host to a parasite called toxoplasmosis after eating infected prey (like a mouse or bird). The parasite multiplies inside the cat and produces oocysts that are deposited in the cat's feces. These oocysts are extremely resistant and can stay in the environment for almost a year. If a pregnant woman comes in contact with the parasite, her unborn child can become infected and could face loss of vision, mental disabilities, and loss of hearing.
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It's rare--and not a reason to give up your cat. Indoor cats are very safe from getting the parasite, and the chances of an outdoor cat transmitting it to you are seriously slim, as well. But cleaning theRead More »from Could Your Cat Drive You Crazy—Literally?