Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: South Australia
General Toxoplasmosis info and Raw
I've just been doing a bit of reading and found conflicting information (as always) on a few things regarding raw food.
When feeding raw, it seems there's the potential for toxoplasmosis to infect your cat, however I've read that if the meat is frozen for 24-48 hours beforehand, this kills off the bacteria. Is this true? And is normal household freezer temperature cold enough, or does it need to be a little colder?
Toxoplamosis in general seems from my view at least to be made into more of a big deal than it actually is. Infection is unlikely, and apart from if you're pregnant, it does little to you. Given that I grew up with indoor/outdoor cats I assume that I've most likely already been exposed to it. I'm interested because my pregnant friend was bitten by an outdoor cat that attacked her dog recently. Can it even be transmitted through biting? I thought it was really only through faeces.
In any case, it seems that given all the factors, an indoor cat that is fed previously frozen raw food, stands pretty much no chance of being infected. Does that seem right? Does it have a time limit? Say if my imaginary cat was infected today, would he be toxo free in 3 weeks? Or since they're a primary host, does it stay in their system, or would they need to be re-infected. Is it the same for humans, does it stay with us and we just have the immunity to suppress it, but symptoms can reappear later on, or do you have to become infected again?
I'm not really concerned about toxo at all, didn't even know it was a thing when I was younger, I just wanted to get a better understanding of it since I realised I knew next to nothing about it when my friend mentioned it the other day.