How to Adopt a Cat With Toxoplasmosis

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Before adopting a cat with toxoplasmosis, it's important to understand that toxoplasmosis is a threat to humans. Find out how to get a cat treated for toxoplasma by a veterinarian with help from a staff veterinarian in this free video on cat health and pet care.

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We're going to talk about how to adopt a cat with Toxoplasmosis. Now Toxoplasmosis is a threat to humans and so that's why this is an important topic. Toxoplasma is a one celled Protozoan parasite that a lot of cats have. It likes to insist in nervous tissue like the brain and in the muscle and there will be that parasite actually gets shed in fecal samples and so it is a threat to humans especially to infants that are still in the womb so the basic problem that we have is we don't want any contamination to someone who is pregnant. A way to decide that first of all before adopting a cat is having a Toxoplasmatiter done on the human female and so if there is no positive titer meaning no immunity then that person could be susceptible to harming that baby inside the mother and so if there is a positive titer meaning there is immunity then the chances are much less that a Toxoplasma organism is going to harm an infant. So besides that if there is a cat that has a diagnosis of Toxoplasma from a veterinarian they can be long term life long carriers even if they are treated sometimes so we see problems with raw meat and cooking surfaces so cats don't need to be around those areas, we worry about litter boxes and gardening so people who are going to become pregnant and are worried about Toxoplasma need to clean those surfaces very well, wear gloves when they are cleaning the litter box or gardening and wash their hands very very well because it is a Zoanatic organism which means people can get it. Cats that have it generally may not show any symptoms or show muscle pain, fever, that sort of thing so talk to your veterinarian first if there is a concern about Toxoplasma. So having talked about Toxoplasma, if a cat is a known carrier or has Toxoplasma it needs to be treated through a veterinarian. If you are going to adopt a cat with Toxoplasma they may pose no risk at all and again you just want to keep all those types of surfaces that the cat goes on like a kitchen counter clean, using bleach wipes things like that and keeping those cats off of those surfaces is a good thing too. So the threat to humans when adopting a Toxoplasma positive cat may be minimal but check with your human physician too as far as pregnancy concerns and things like that but a lot of these cats are asymptomatic and won't be a problem anyway.

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