Have you heard of toxoplasmosis? This parasite can be found in cat litter & cat faeces. It can also be found in raw or undercooked meat (especially pork and lamb).
Up to half of the world's population are infected by toxoplasmosis but have no symptoms and the only way you can find out if you are infected is through a blood test. Many people become infected with toxoplasmosis from eating raw or under cooked meat!
Cats can get toxoplasmosis by eating something that was carrying the parasite, or by coming into contact with contaminated soil (It’s always good to wear gardening gloves!) Cats then pass this parasite through their faeces, which you can come into contact with when cleaning/emptying the litter box.
If you get toxoplasmosis for the first time when you’re pregnant, or up to three months before conceiving, the infection can cause severe birth defects, can cause miscarriage or even stillbirth.
Therefore, it is highly recommended to avoid cleaning litters and to wash your hands thoroughly when handling your cat and when preparing food.
This parasite can also be found in:
• Raw cured meat e.g. salami and parma ham
• Unpasteurised goats’ milk
• New-born lambs
If you think you’re infected with this parasite contact your GP.