Is Your Cat's Poo Killing You?

Owning a cat has many benefits including companionship, improving mental health, lifting your mood, teaching your kids responsibility and more!

Unfortunately, owning a cat exposes you to a common parasite called Toxoplasmosis (also known as Toxoplasma). Despite being a common parasite, not many people, particularly cat owners are aware of the risks affiliated with it.

Toxoplasmosis is commonly transmitted through cat faeces - which many cat owners have laying around in litter boxes throughout their home. If your cat's litter box is left without cleaning for days at a time, the chances of a Toxoplasma infection drastically increases.

The most vulnerable groups of people are:

  • Pregnant women (and their unborn child)
  • Young children
  • People with weakened immune systems

How do people get infected with Toxoplasmosis?

Toxoplasmosis is transmitted through cat faeces. The Toxoplasma gondii parasite becomes actively infectious 1-5 days after your cat's waste is left in their litter tray.

How do I know if I have Toxoplasmosis?

In many cases, you don't. People with a healthy immune system often don't display any symptoms because their body prevents the parasite from causing serious issues. Mild Toxoplasmosis symptoms include those similar to the flu. These include muscle aches, swollen lymph glands, a runny nose, congestion, cough, chills and fever. Severe symptoms can include damage to the brain, eyes and other organs. In extreme cases, the parasite can lead to miscarriage and stillbirth in pregnant women.

How can I avoid Toxoplasmosis?

The best way to avoid exposure to Toxoplasmosis is to ensure there are strict hygiene standards at home, especially around your cat's litter box. Dispose of your cat's litter daily. Use gloves. And wash your hands thoroughly after getting rid of your cat's waste.

Another way to ensure you do not come into contact with the parasite is to eliminate the need to change cat litter at all! The CatGenie gets rid of your cat's litter out of your home for good, reducing the risk of Toxoplasmosis to 0%.

First, the CatGenie gets rid of your cat's waste before the Toxoplasmosis gondii parasite has a chance to become actively infectious. Secondly, the CatGenie then thoroughly washes the reusable granules with vet-approved SaniSolution. This ensures your cat's toileting area is clean, sanitised and safe for you and your cats.

Where can I get a CatGenie unit?

You can purchase a CatGenie directly through us (CatGenie Australia) by going to our CatGenie Product Page or giving us a call at 1300 228 436.

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