Good afternoon. I am 27w pregnant. It’s not always at the parents’ house, but now it’s been 2 weeks living here and there are cats. Incidentally, the cat is a domestic cat and she is a dirty cat. When I was little, I tucked it anywhere. And now I just realized and felt scared. Even though there is a mom who cleans up. Are toxo parasites in cat urine too? Many say that the parasite only exists in its feces, not in its urine. Thanks.
Good morning, thanks for the question
The Toxoplasma gondii parasite has a definitive host or a domestic cat. Inside the cat intestine, male and female gametes will fertilize to produce oocysts. Oocysts will be removed from the cat's gastrointestinal tract with feces (not excreted together with urine) and can survive in soil or a humid outside environment for a long time for up to one year.
Oocysts are infective stages of the toxoplasma parasite which can transmit to other animals and humans at that time. Infected animals can contain toxoplasma cysts in their flesh.
In this case you don't need to worry too much because cat urine does not contain toxoplasma oocysts. But as individuals we must remain vigilant and make efforts to prevent toxoplasma infection by avoiding:
1. Consuming undercooked meat
2. Consuming food or water contaminated with cat feces
3. Exposure to cat feces containing parasittoxoplasma
4. Eat fruits and vegetables that have not been washed clean
If you have a pet cat you should clean cat litter every day using gloves, keep the cat away from the kitchen and food, give the cat dry food in containers. Then if you are pregnant you should avoid touching stray cats.
That's all, hope you can help