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Why is cat urine/litter hazardous to a pregnant mother? Why is it recommended to stay clear of the cat box? Should this be done before pregnancy or afterwards?

  Why is cat urine/litter hazardous to a pregnant mother? Why is it recommended to stay clear of the cat box? Should this be done before pregnancy or afterwards?

The problem here is from a parasitic organism called toxoplasma gondii, which is present in many animals but especially cats. This is mercifully rare but can cause growth problems and serious abnormalities in your developing baby, so it is important to avoid contact with cat litter and other sources of toxoplasma such as undercooked meat (particularly pork) in pregnancy. If you catch toxoplasmosis some months or years before you get pregnant, your body will have cleared the infection by the time you are pregnant and the antibodies produced would most likely cause immunity from future infection.
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