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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-01-2006, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
 
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About toxoplasmosis..

Hi there,
I just wanna ask some general questions regarding to toxoplasmosis..
What kind of symptoms that generally occur if a person is infected with toxoplasmosis?
Is it possible that a non pregnant women can be infected? and is it harmfull?

I have a cat for 4 months now, and he is about 6 months old.
He eats dry and canned food. Once every month i gave him raw food.
And i have taken him outdoor for about 3 times now for a period of half an hour each, considering he is an indoor cat.
I recently changed his litter beads type, in which apparently was a bad choice.
There was a trace poo print everywhere, after he poo [cause apparently, he accidently stepped on his own poo].
I've decided to change his litter beads type to the old one.

However, this becomes a major health concern to me, regarding to toxoplasmosis, since i am pretty new in cat ownership [he is my first cat].

Hope you guys can help me.
Thank you.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-02-2006, 07:41 AM
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http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dpd/parasites ... smosis.htm

Usually, unless you are pregnant or have a compromised immune system, it's not a concern (and honestly, my catsitter is immune-compromised, and I just leave him gloves and masks in case he needs to clean the litterbox, which he never uses...when he was severely compromised, his wife did the litterbox chores for us). Most peoples' immune systems can fight off the illness on its own and no treatment is even needed. If you're really concerned, you can be tested for prior exposure to toxoplasma, but unless you're planning a pregnancy, or are otherwise at high risk it may not be worth it. Like I said, except in pregnant women or people with compromised or supressed immune systems (like HIV and cancer/chemotherapty patients, organ transplant recipients, and the like), it's seldom an issue. I see a LOT of cat poop, up close and personal, from cats of unknown origin, and I worry more about getting say, pinworms than I do about toxo.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-14-2006, 08:22 PM
 
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I did some reserach on this once and what I found was that it is very rare for anyone to get the disease from cat feces.

Basically first the cat has to be a carrier of the disease and the cat must get it from eating some type of raw meat. Almost impossible if you have an indoor cat unless they catch a mouse or something. Next, they only carry the disease for a few weeks so that is the only time that someone could get the illness from their cats. Also it takes about 24 hours for the bacteria or whatever it is to develop in the littlebox so that it can be trasmitted to humans. So if you have an indoor cat and clean the litterbox daily it's almost impossible for you to get toxoplasmosis.

From what I read, the large majority of people who do get the disease get it from eating raw or undercooked meat, NOT from cats! And as already stated its not usually a concern unless someone is pregnant, elderly, or has an immune disorder.

If you do feed your cats raw food I'm not sure what precautions you can take other then cleaning the litterbox daily and using gloves if you really want to be careful.
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