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Is It Safe to Change the Litter Box During Pregnancy?

I heard that I shouldn't change my cat's litter box — really?

You really shouldn’t change the litter box while you’re pregnant. (If nobody else will do the job, wear sturdy rubber gloves and just be extra-cautious not to touch the kitty poop.) Cats are known to carry a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, which can put you at risk for an infection called toxoplasmosis. This may cross through the placenta and cause serious problems with your fetus. Our advice: (Nicely) ask your partner to suck it up for the next nine months and clean kitty’s litter box. It’s also worth noting that gardening and eating raw meat puts you at risk for toxoplasmosis as well, so wear your gloves and skip the rare steaks. And, as always, wash your hands!

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