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  2. Pregnant women should take extra care when cleaning litterbixes, but that doesn’t mean they should get rid of the cat. My mother had cats continuously from when she was a child until her death. She clean the litterboxes and all three of her children were healthy, with no miscarriages. I experienced the same. Keep the kitty and the kid. They can grow together.

    • I have looked at all of these (briefly) and not one as far as I can tell supports your statement regarding deaths of children and airborne oocysts. Please clarify but don’t provide more links. You’ll have to be more precise and targeted.

      • Now isn’t that a convenient self-deceptive sticky-wicket. You want clarification but they can’t post anymore links to prove it. LOL

        That’s okay, all your readers who do more than “…looked at all of these (briefly)…” now realize that the description of “liar” wasn’t any kind of insult at all. You’re the ONLY one who doesn’t realize that. Enjoy wallowing in that bliss of self-inflicted ignorance. Everyone else in the world is not thus handicapped.

        • You can’t post numerous links without more precision. I am not going to trawl through thousands of words of science to find your evidence. You produce the evidence. It is your argument.

      • As I can do my own research, Sir, I don’t think it’s too much to expect you to read the findings I’ve provided–more than “briefly”–since YOU were the one who asked for sources. At least one–IIRC two–of the studies included mentioned that T. gondii oocysts aerosolize. One of them mentions that said oocysts now occur in our environment at densities of three-434 per square ft., and persist and remain infectious in the environment from 1.5 (land) to 4.5 years (water). I haven’t yet posted the links to studies that have demonstrated T. gondii oocysts have EXTENSIVELY contaminated our nearshore marine environment and the filter-feeding organisms that live therein–both sessile, including oysters and mussels, and mobile water-column feeders, including sardines, mackerel and anchovies. Once you’ve demonstrated your willingness to discuss the information I’ve provided reasonably, dispassionately and honestly, I’ll post additional studies.

        • Which study refers to aeosolized oocycts? And where in the study is it referred to? And what about the “between 4,000 and 5,000 stillborn, blind, deaf, epileptic, encephalitic, ….”? Where is that study? If you like you can cut and paste the words in the comment as well. I am surprised that you can’t point to it immediately. You have to do better to convince me because in the past you have failed miserably to provide evidence.

  3. By all means show this to whatever child you were carrying at the time so it knows you valued it less than your cats. Don’t blame your grandfather for not speaking to you.

    BTW, per the CDC, toxoplasmosis causes between 4,000 and 5,000 stillborn, blind, deaf, epileptic, encephalitic, hydrocephalic and severely deformed, mentally disabled infants in the US–ANNUALLY.

    And the lies told by Mr. Broad notwithstanding, Toxoplasma gondii oocysts aerosolize, and persist and remain infectious in the environment for up to 4.5 years. This is why the primary means of infection is accidental inhalation and/or ingestion directly from the environment. Another thing to consider is that manifestation of symptoms–such as cerebral or ocular lesions–can take place in children YEARS after birth from an infected mother. Have a nice day.

    • Firstly, how do you expect me to allow your comment to remain published when you insult the person who owns the website? You have a bizarre attitude to life. Nonetheless I have left your comment up because I want to respond to it.

      If you say I am lying then you will is have to conclude that all other sources are also providing misinformation and that the authors are lying. In addition, you will have to provide a link, a direct link to the reference that you have provided that the oocysts are in the air and remain infectious before and a half years.

      Lastly CDC itself provides misinformation as I explained in an earlier post.

      https://pictures-of-cats.org/both-cdc-and-ornithologists-misrepresent-rabies-risk-from-cats-in-usa.html

  4. Many years ago, when I was pregnant with my first, we has 2 cats. They never went outdoors unless in harness and on a leash. Our cats walked the dog with us every day. My grandfather, who was NOT an animal person told us to “get rid of the cats”. My answer to him was “I’ll get rid of the kid first!” Needless to say, he didn’t speak to me for the rest of my pregnancy. I scooped the litter box since I was doing it anyway. I’m still alive, all 3 of my children are still alive and my grandchildren and great grandchild are thriving. I took precautions and wore plastic gloves (for the first week, then just washed up well). It makes me want to shake the heck out of people who are still so stupid!!!

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