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What is toxoplasmosis and what are the risks during pregnancy? 

As part of our Kids and kitties campaign, we’re sharing advice on everything from how to prepare your cat for your new arrival, to keeping cats and kids content when they’re sharing a space.

If you’re expecting a baby and own a cat, you might be understandably concerned about toxoplasmosis; even if you’re not sure what it is. Known to affect unborn babies, there have been various myths surrounding the disease and its relation to cats for many years.

What is toxoplasmosis? The disease is caused by a microscopic parasite known as Toxoplasma gondii. Although cats are involved in part of the parasite’s life cycle, human contact with cats does not increase the risk of infection with the parasite.

In our video, Cats Protection’s resident vet Sarah Elliot talks about toxoplasmosis – explaining everything from what causes the disease to how owners can keep themselves safe during pregnancy.



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