Because infectious organisms of T. gondii are only shed in cat feces, feral and domestic cats are the ultimate hosts of the parasite. Although you cannot “catch” toxoplasmosis from an infected child or adult, you can become infected if you: come into contact with cat feces that contain the parasite.span>
People can also become infected if they don’t wash their hands after cleaning a litter box or handling objects contaminated with cat feces. Who is at risk: Anyone can get toxoplasmosis, but people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of developing serious illness.
There are many myths about both of these diseases, but the truth is that they CANNOT be transmitted to humans. These diseases only affect cats, weakening the immune system and causing upper respiratory infections.
Ammonia, a toxic gas, can cause serious breathing problems and other problems. The ammonia can irritate the bronchial membranes in your lungs, causing you to cough badly and severely injuring the tissues in your windpipe and lungs.
Excessive exposure to ammonia
Inhaling cat urine can also cause nausea. A cat’s urine is full of ammonia, a toxic gas that can cause headaches, asthma attacks and even serious respiratory problems like pneumonia. Children, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are at increased risk.
Cryptosporidiosis can cause diarrhea, vomiting, fever, abdominal cramps and dehydration in both cats and humans. Either direct or indirect contact with the faeces of cats infected with Cryptosporidium organisms can lead to transmission of this disease.
Poop from pets like dogs and cats can contain germs like bacteria and parasites that can make people sick. Pet droppings can also contaminate water bodies and harm the environment. Practice responsible pet poop behavior to keep yourself, your family and the environment healthy.
The answer is yes. There are actually a number of diseases you can contract from your cat that are commonly known as zoonotic diseases. The word zoonosis is used to describe any disease that is transmissible from animals to humans. The best known and most feared example of a zoonosis is rabies.
There are many other zoonotic diseases that can be transmitted through animal feces, including E. coli infection, cryptosporidiosis, hookworm infection, hydatid disease, yersiniosis and psittacosis (birds – through inhalation).
Dirty litter boxes can cause health problems for your cat! Cats can develop painful kidney infections, bladder infections, bladder stones and urinary tract infections if their litter box is not kept clean.
Healthy people (non-pregnant)
Most healthy people recover from toxoplasmosis without treatment. Sick people can be treated with a combination of drugs such as pyrimethamine and sulfadiazine plus folinic acid.
You are unlikely to be exposed to the parasite if you touch an infected cat, as cats do not typically carry the parasite on their fur. Additionally, domestic cats (that do not hunt prey or are not fed raw meat) are unlikely to become infected with Toxoplasma.
Interestingly, most people acquire Toxoplasma from eating undercooked meat or contaminated produce. A pregnant woman can also become infected if she accidentally inhales contaminated cat feces or litter dust while cleaning the litter box.
Cat litter is minimally toxic. If your child has eaten a bite or less of any type of cat litter, give him a few sips of water and watch for vomiting or constipation. If your child experiences symptoms, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.
The most common symptoms of toxoplasmosis are fever, loss of appetite and lethargy. Depending on whether the infection is acute or chronic and where the parasite is located in the body, other symptoms may appear.