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Moms, did you get your cat tested for toxoplasmosis?

I posted a few days ago about me taking in a stray cat. She's had her rabies and FVRCP (sp?) shot as well as an examination and according to the vet, she's in tip-top health. DH and I are getting ready to TTC #2 this month and I'm being paranoid about her possibly having toxoplasmosis, especially because she was a stray. I called my vet up and asked if they test for this and they said they rarely do it but yes, they just need a sample of her blood and $125. Considering I'm dropping her off on Wednesday to get spayed and her 2nd round of booster shot, this cat is costing me $$$ but it's all worth it for peace of mind. 

Did you get your cat tested before/while pregnant? Why or why not? Do you remember how much it cost you?

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Re: Moms, did you get your cat tested for toxoplasmosis?

  • I did not get my cats tested.  I have had cats my entire life (my mom had a cat before I was born, and I've also fostered kittens for over a year now), so it's likely I've already been exposed to it and built up an immunity.  H feels more comfortable taking care of litter box duties, though, and I am not complaining! Wink

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  • If someone else cleans the litterbox or you wear gloves and wash your hands well afterwards (you can wear a mask if it makes you feel better), you are much more likely to get toxo from preparing raw meat, eating unwashed vegetables/fruits or digging in your garden.  I wouldn't drop the money on the test (however, I don't have a cat, so take that as you will).  You literally have to let the poop sit for 24 hours, then touch it, then touch your mouth and ingest the eggs.  Have your H clean the litterbox daily and it will be all good.    
     
  • My OB tested me for antibodies because I have cats, I didn't ask for it. I haven't heard of many people getting cats tested since many OB's test pg women for it.
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  • I would not do it, why can't your H just take over litter box duty if you are nervous?

    Most people, if they have owned multiple or outdoor cats, have probably already been exposed. I've just been extra careful to wash my hands after cleaning the box.

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  • How long have you had her?  Toxo is only in their system for a certain amount of time.  They have to consume something (mouse or other rodent, usually) that has it, then they 'shed' it in their feces for a week (I think) after that.  

    After that they are immune and will test positive for it-but won't shed it when they poop.  We didn't bother getting our cats tested because they were both strays and would probably test positive (as yours probably would) but it wouldn't be a threat since I know they didn't get it in the 3 years living indoors with me. 

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  • We've had her for about 5 days. I feel silly now for considering it but at the same time, she was a stray and was found in a Wal-Mart parking lot so who know what she's eaten. I'm sure my DH wouldn't mind handling the litter but nonetheless, I'm paranoid.

    I guess I should've been more specific about us having her for less than a week.

     

     

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    We've had her for about 5 days. I feel silly now for considering it but at the same time, she was a stray and was found in a Wal-Mart parking lot so who know what she's eaten. I'm sure my DH wouldn't mind handling the litter but nonetheless, I'm paranoid.

    I guess I should've been more specific about us having her for less than a week.

    Think about it this way - what will change if you test her and it comes up positive?  Your DH will take over the litterbox.  If you don't test, your DH will take over the litterbox.  You will continue to be a clean person and wash your hands after petting kitty or emergency cleanups.  And you'll probably never deal with infectious poop because it has to sit for 24 hours.  

    If it makes you feel better to pay $125 for peace of mind, by all means get the test.  But you can also save the money.  :) 

  • No. My H took over litter box duty. 
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    We've had her for about 5 days. I feel silly now for considering it but at the same time, she was a stray and was found in a Wal-Mart parking lot so who know what she's eaten. I'm sure my DH wouldn't mind handling the litter but nonetheless, I'm paranoid.

    I guess I should've been more specific about us having her for less than a week.

    Think about it this way - what will change if you test her and it comes up positive?  Your DH will take over the litterbox.  If you don't test, your DH will take over the litterbox.  You will continue to be a clean person and wash your hands after petting kitty or emergency cleanups.  And you'll probably never deal with infectious poop because it has to sit for 24 hours.  

    If it makes you feel better to pay $125 for peace of mind, by all means get the test.  But you can also save the money.  :) 

    Point taken. Yes

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    We've had her for about 5 days. I feel silly now for considering it but at the same time, she was a stray and was found in a Wal-Mart parking lot so who know what she's eaten. I'm sure my DH wouldn't mind handling the litter but nonetheless, I'm paranoid.

    I guess I should've been more specific about us having her for less than a week.

    Think about it this way - what will change if you test her and it comes up positive?  Your DH will take over the litterbox.  If you don't test, your DH will take over the litterbox.  You will continue to be a clean person and wash your hands after petting kitty or emergency cleanups.  And you'll probably never deal with infectious poop because it has to sit for 24 hours.  

    If it makes you feel better to pay $125 for peace of mind, by all means get the test.  But you can also save the money.  :) 

    Point taken. Yes

    :)  I'm just cheap.  :)  

    I did see these pages in a quick search - in a fairly large (200+) study in Europe, cats did not even make it on the list of risk factors for toxo.  The risks come from undercooked meat and oocysts in soil or water that has become contaminated (via the soil with oocysts or another source of pollution).  The third article said that crazy high percentages of toxo infection were found in animals sampled at slaughterhouses - "infection rates as high as 64 percent for sheep, 45 percent for swine and 38 percent for cattle were found among animals to be used as human food."

    http://www.bmj.com/content/321/7254/142.full

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1118145/ 

    http://www.dnr.sc.gov/news/yr2011/oct27/oct27_toxo.html 

  • Thanks for the links!

    Oh and believe me, I'm cheap too. In fact, I just ordered Christmas stockings from Pottery Barn and cringed at spending  $16 per stocking. (And they were on sale!)

    I guess I'll skip the test and pass on the littler duties to H if/when I were to become pregnant. What sealed the deal for me were not only these responses but the fact that my vet's clinic said they rarely do the test. It's so rare that the receptionist had to put me on hold to ask someone if they did them and for how much!

     

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  • I think it is more common for OBs to test than vets, but I think that is dying out as well (but I don't have a cat, so I've never been asked).  It's probably more common because insurance will often cover it for humans.  :)
  • I had two foster kittens with my first pregnancy. I discussed testing for toxo with my vet when I was rearing them since newborn kittens, like newborn babies, are very hands on with the wastes products. Since I had them within an hour of birth (I cut the cord on the smallest one, Green Bean) and they hadn't been outside, she said it was high unlikely and we could test when they were a bit older if I needed that comfort.

    They were adopted out around 8 weeks, had never left the house, and we did not have them tested in the end. 

    If they had been strays or former porch cats, then yes, I would have tested them!

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