Kitty Litter Box: Safe to Clean during Pregnancy?

Is cleaning the kitty litter box safe during pregnancy? What precautions should be taken if you do clean it?

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Toxoplasmosis is a relatively rare disease. The oocysts, which may be present in a cat's fecal matter, must be ingested, so direct contact with the feces must occur. If your cat is an indoor cat and does not hunt or eat raw meat, your risk is quite low. Also, most of us have developed protective antibodies by the time we reach adulthood..

Changing the litter box may be done during pregnancy. Some women wear plastic gloves. Be sure to wash your hands well after the task is completed.

I hope this helps answer your question and thanks for writing.
Peg

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