Cat Litter Box Health
Felines are the most well known pets in the United States. As per the most recent rendition of the U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook (2002 Edition) there were just about 70 Million pet felines in the United States. Why are felines so mainstream? There are the same number of answers to this inquiry as there are feline proprietors, yet the low wellbeing dangers felines posture to their proprietors is unquestionably close to the head of this rundown. Despite the fact that the potential wellbeing dangers felines posture to individuals are little, it is significant that feline proprietors know about these dangers and see how to lessen them.
Most of all dangers coming from feline proprietorship are related with the feline litter box or potentially feline defecation. There are two classes of dangers. The principal classification contains wellbeing dangers presented by microorganisms and parasites to both feline proprietors and their felines. The subsequent class contains wounds coming about because of a programmed litter box or self cleaning cat litter box.
Principally the medical issues experienced by feline proprietors or their felines originate from the primary classification and the most critical of these dangers is called Toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis is a disease brought about by a little parasite called Toxoplasma gondii which can be found in crude or half-cooked meat, unwashed leafy foods, filthy feline litter boxes and open air soil where feline excrement can be found. As per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in excess of 60 million individuals in the United States might be tainted with the Toxoplasma parasite(1). Luckily, not many individuals ever experience any indications on the grounds that a sound individual’s resistant framework for the most part shields the parasite from causing ailment. Be that as it may, pregnant ladies and people who have undermined resistant frameworks, for example, people tainted with the HIV infection, are in danger and should play it safe to abstain from being contaminated by the parasite. For individuals in this gathering a Toxoplasma disease could make genuine medical issues the individual or to a pregnant lady’s unborn kid.
Again, a large portion of the 60 million or more American’s contaminated with Toxoplasmosis parasite will never encounter any manifestations. The greater part of the individuals who do encounter side effects will basically think they have the Flu as the most widely recognized side effects incorporate swollen organs, fever, cerebral pain, muscle torment, or a solid neck. For those in the high hazard gathering, Toxoplasmosis can make harm the mind, eyes and inward organs. As per the US Food and Drug Administration, kids brought into the world with Toxoplasma gondii can experience the ill effects of hearing misfortune, mental impediment, and visual impairment with certain kids creating mind or eye issues a long time after birth(2). The CDC appraises that 400-4000 embryos are contaminated with the Toxoplasma gondii parasite every year and upwards of 80 newborn children bite the dust from Toxoplasmosis annually(2).
So how does an individual agreement Toxoplasmosis? A Toxoplasmosis disease is brought about by ingesting the Toxoplasma gondi parasite. Most feline proprietors are tainted with the parasite by coincidentally ingesting contaminated feline defecation. This happens when an individual contacts their mouth in the wake of taking care of a feline litter box, working in a nursery or sand box or contacting whatever has interacted with feline feces(3).
Individuals in the high hazard gathering may ponder whether they should surrender their feline to maintain a strategic distance from disease. As indicated by the CDC, it isn’t essential for feline sweethearts to surrender their felines, yet it is significant for them to shield themselves from contaminations. The USFDA makes the accompanying proposals for dodging infections(2):
1) If conceivable, have another person change the litter box. In the event that you need to clean it, wear expendable gloves and wash your hands completely with cleanser and warm water thereafter.