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On Toxoplasmosis: The Cat Poop Parasite Hype That Wouldn't Die

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets )

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Like a horror-movie villain, hysteria over cats and toxoplasmosis keeps coming back to haunt us.

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Freya H (358)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 8:07 am
I recently learned, from experience, that a flea comb is great for getting loose hairs out of my cat's coat. It's also superb at helping undo tangles. The drawback is it tends to pull, so I can use it for just a few minutes at a time before Ragamuffin decides enough is enough! And I thought she made a big deal about getting her pills.

Arielle S (313)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 8:09 am
Toxoplasmosis and rabies - much hyped and not nearly as scary or deadly as going into the hospital or driving a car or even going to school (as in Sandy Hook)

Freya H (358)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 8:13 am
Oops, meant to post that comment with the article about the best cat brush not being for cats!

Anyhoo, about this: Once again, some dire threat has been blown all out of proportion. I have never worried about toxoplasmosis, and as far as I know have never suffered any ill effects. Unless you count being nuts about cats as an ill effect. ;)

Tim C (2420)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 10:09 am

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Saturday July 20, 2013, 10:56 am
It fills a column.

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 11:08 am
Well, I'm not so worried and never have been..............
Should you be careful, especially if you're PG or plan to be? Yes, of course! But use a scooper and wash your hands. Common sense hygiene; you don't need to get rid of the cat or buy a HazMat suit!

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 8:59 pm
As Barbara D says, common sense and hygiene go hand and hand. It is just an excuse for the cat haters out there to get hysterical. Millions of pregnant women and cats have survived throughout the centuries...funny isn't that how women and cats have survived despite all the hype!

Sheila D (194)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 10:09 pm
Hilarious. I can kinda relate here because I have this wimpy, soon-to-be-ex daughter-in-law (mouthful) and she's used the excuse of not wanting to catch the catbox disease. Yes, I see all your shaking heads - in 14 yrs she has never changed her mind, so my youngest emptied the box for the sake of peace. I wonder who will have to clean it now - Feel kinda sorry for the 13-yr-old granddaughter here. Actually, I believe she's always used that as an excuse to get out of doing the job. Told you, Wimp.

Ruth C (87)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 8:37 am
I don't know why some people are so scared about handling a litter box, we live with 10,000 bacterias on our own bodies all the time 24/7 and even taking a bath will not get rid of them!

Helen Porter (39)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 9:49 pm
Life has no guarantees.

Live with it,.

Whether it's cats or GMOs (shudder) or destruction itself, there are no guarantees.

Live with it.

And if you don't, unless you "take action" to do what you can about this or that cause, what is the result?
High Anxiety!!! Sleepless nights! Stress!

I think our members are likely healthier than those who know, who hear, who do nothing.

I honestly believe that Care2 is psychologically healthy.

Sara P (55)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 9:17 am
Thanks for the info Cher.

Julia S (16)
Saturday May 2, 2015, 10:00 pm
When I was a baby, my mom allowed a cat to sleep with me. I grew up perfectly healthy (scoliosis doesn't count, it's not cat's fault) and the cat lived to be 20 y.o. Totally agree about common sense and hygiene.
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