Toxoplasma gondii causes a disease known as toxoplasmosis. A healthy person's immune system usually keeps the parasite from causing illness.
cats and pregnancy
Dear Pet Expert,
I'm 3½ months along with my first child. My husband and I just got a new kitten, and I've had seven different relatives tell me that I can't touch cat litter. Is there any truth to this anymore, or was this a problem years ago and the new litter has different effects, or is it just the urine?
Is there anything else I should know about kittens and pregnancy? Is there any possibility of baby developing allergies because we have a cat?
For women who are not immune to toxoplasmosis, exposure to this parasite just prior to or during pregnancy may cause the fetus to be infected.