I know that while pregnant we are not supposed to change cat litter, but my husband refuses to touch the litter box. I asked him to clean it last week before I left for my friends house and it still has not been changed. Is there anything I can do? I keep nagging him, and he's the type of guy that he'll completely shut down if I nag him too hard. Are there any safety precautions I can take that would allow me to change it myself? Thanks!
Wear gloves and a mask and change your clothes afterward (do it right before a shower or before you get dressed for the day). And, obviously wash hands when done. Try to avoid the dust as much as possible.
I have a friend who's pregnant and in the same position of her hubby won't change the litter box/doesn't do it nearly enough. Her OB told her to wear disposable gloves, wash her hands and be careful about touching things and not getting it on her clothes or changing them as the pp mentioned. She's about 5 months and hasn't had any issues yet.
My DH is in the Navy and was gone for long parts of my 1st three pregnancies so I had to change the cat litter. For my first one I also wore a disposable mask, but usually I just wore disposable gloves and washed up really well afterward. I bought a big box of nitrile gloves at Costco, they've lasted forever. (I think DH wears them when he changes the box anyway.)
Sonja ~ Chaotic mama to DS1 (9/04), DD1 (HB 7/06), DD2 (HB 7/08 ) & DS2 (UC 6/10)
Is your cat a strictly indoor cat? If so then there s no issue. The concern is with getting toxoplasmosis,which your cat could get from eating other animals, etc. If your cat doesn't go outside, then you should be fine, and if you normally clean the litter, you would have been exposed already if your cat had it.....it's really justan excuse for us to make our DHs clean the litter boxes!
(besides to get it you would have to bd handling contaminated soil, cat litter, or meat and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. Most people use a scoop whencleaning the litterbox)
Also we switched to disposable liners. No scooping required. I make him change out the bag every few days unless he will scoop every day. I am still working on figuring out the perfect system. And we have just one cat! Also our male cat is somewhat fat, and we have found reducing his food has also helped in the litter cleaning job.