View Poll Results: Should I let my pets eat off my plate when I'm done eating?

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Thread: Do You Let Your Pets Eat Off Your Plate?

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    Post Re: Is it gross?

    Quote Originally Posted by bocian
    My mother-in-law swears that a woman should not sleep with cats or dogs.
    She claims it's very unhealthy, and could lead to problems during pregnancy.
    When I asked her how does she know that, She replied; "just because".

    Seriously, has anyone ever heard about this?
    Or is this just a figment of her imagination? Maybe It's some sort of Slavic Superstition?
    Actually, there is a certain bacteria in the feces of cats that can cause a miscarriage in a pregnant woman. Pregnant women do not have to abstain from physical contact with cats, or ex-communicate their felines for 9 months...They just can't clean the cat box or come in contact with the cat poop, or touch the cat's butt (which most people don't make a habit of doing...I hope ) So, it's not the cat...It's the crap.
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    Post Re: Is it gross?

    Quote Originally Posted by rusalka
    I recall hearing about a certain bacteria or virus or something that some cats may have in their saliva that can be harmful to the unborn baby, but that's only for pregnant women; not a rule for your whole life. I'm really not clear about the details of this and I'm sure it was only for cats and not dogs.
    I think you may be thinking of Toxoplasmosis, which is found in a cat's feces, not the saliva. A pregnant woman shouldn't clean the kitty box and be extremely cautious while gardening so as not to touch any cat poop. The bacteria is more common in outdoor cats, they get it from raw meat such as mice. If your cat is indoors, you should be safe - but still, refrain from cleaning the box. Not cleaning the box is one of the best perks of being pregnant!

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    Post Re: Is it gross?

    Quote Originally Posted by Elistariel
    Cat saliva is harmful to pregnant women: pure BS, as is the "avoid the litterbox". Think of all the crap out in the atmosphere...
    Ah okay, I remember what it was all about now. It was about a possible cyst formation due to some parasites that some cats have and the fact that it could be harmful to pregnant women, ie. cause you to have the parasites or carry them to the unborn baby, form a cyst in the womb or some such thing. I'm really not too clear on the details as it has been a long while since I last read on cat diseases -not since 98 when my cat died. This parasitic cyst, or whatever it is I'm talking about is totally avoidable by shots though, and it is one of the mandatory shots that your cat is supposed to have anyway.

    Will get into more detail if I remember or come up with anything. I just recalled the days when I was practically studying as hard as a veterinary student, reading medical journals online for hours.

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    Post Re: Is it gross?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anne14
    I think you may be thinking of Toxoplasmosis, which is found in a cat's feces, not the saliva.
    That's what it is! Sorry about the last post, we must have both written at the same time.

    The saliva bit could have stuck with me due to the possibility that the bacteria in the feces can be carried via the cat's saliva as they lick and groom themselves all over.

    I'll keep that in mind if I ever get pregnant in the future.

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    Post Re: Is it gross?

    I had a cat once that would attack M&M's and mini snicker bars that zipped past him with a vengeance.

    I love cats, I miss my cat

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    Post Re: Is it gross?

    Quote Originally Posted by Louky
    I'd like your opinion on a little dispute I've had with my sister.

    I let my pet animals, cats and a dog (miniature poodle), eat after me from my dinner plate. When I'm done eating, I set my plate down on the floor and invite my pets to have my leftovers. My sister says this is unsanitary, uncivilized, and disgusting. I've always heard that the mouths of dogs and cats are cleaner than humans. Anyway, we have a "sanitize" selection on our dishwasher which heats up the water to super clean our dishes.

    So, should I stop it or not?
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    Post Re: Is it gross?

    Quote Originally Posted by Elistariel
    pure BS, as is the "avoid the litterbox". Think of all the crap out in the atmosphere...
    Actually, it is not BS....though, it would be a lot nicer if it were BS, or should I say CS (Cat Sh**?) Here is an article that proves the "myth" is actually fact:

    Why shouldn't pregnant women clean the cat litter box?

    (Lansing State Journal, April 16, 1997)

    Have you ever read a kitty litter bag? If you have, you probably have come across an unexpected warning: "People with immune deficiency and pregnant women should be advised that cat feces may carry a parasite which causes toxoplasmosis. Take care to wash your hands after contacting used kitty litter."

    The parasite referred to in this warning is Toxoplasma gondii, a single-celled organism that invades the intestinal tracts of cats. Toxoplasma also can infect dogs, pigs, chickens and variety of other warm-blooded animals, but it is only within cats that it can form infectious offspring that are released in the feces. In other animals, toxoplasma may get into muscles and other tissue to form a resting stage that can persist for their entire lives.

    People contract toxoplasma from the feces of infected cats or by eating uncooked meat from infected animals (pigs and sheep are a common source)

    About 50 percent of adults in the United States have been infected with toxoplasma at some time, though most show no symptoms. Our immune systems typically protect us from harm caused by toxoplasma, but this is not the case for a developing fetus. If a woman contracts toxoplasma while pregnant, the parasite can reach her developing baby. The baby's immune system is not able to defend against the parasite, and damage to the eyes, brain or even a miscarriage may occur.

    Preventive measures will reduce the risk of toxoplasma infection. These include keeping your cats indoors and not feeding them raw meat as well as washing with soap after handling raw meat, working in the garden or cleaning the litter box.
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    Post Re: Is it gross?

    Ever seen the movie 'Trainspotting'? Well one the junkies (male) died from his kitten pooing everywhere. (stupid bloke was really 'ucked up on the junk....poor kitten locked up in the apartment with him. Caused some brain disease or something...Toxoplamosis? What a horrible movie really...but worth a watch.

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    Post Re: Is it gross?

    Well, an any case, I like it. Not b/c it can make a pregnant lady sick, but because it's a good way to get the husband to clean the cat $#^@ box for 9 months.
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    Post Re: Is it gross?

    Well, I do that all the time and don't find it gross. The boiling water kills the germs.
    AS for the mouth of the dogs being "cleaner", that's just a myth people made up since when a dog hurt himself he licks the wound to clean it...

    Cheers

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