Should Pregnant Women Keep Away From Cats?
Thanks for writing to us with your health concern.
How many weeks pregnant is she now ?
Yes, pregnant women should avoid cat litter.
IT should NOT be handled by them, and if done under dire emergency, proper hygienic precautions have to be followed.
Was this done ?
Also during the early part of the pregnancy, if the woman is infected, chances of the baby acquiring infection are only 1 %, while in the third trimester, it is close to 70 %.
There is no point in testing the cats, as there are various stages of the infection, and at all times the cat, even if infected, might not test positive.
Your daughter in law should definitely be tested right away, and again after 3 weeks too.
It can be treated for sure, and as I said, the spectrum of changes in the baby depend on when she got infected.
All the best
Please feel free to discuss further.