Owning a cat has many benefits including; companionship, improving mental health, lifting your mood, teaching kids responsibility and more.
The only thing to consider is that owning a cat potentially exposes you to a common parasite called Toxoplasmosis (also known as Toxoplasma). Despite being a common parasite, many cat owners are not aware of the risks affiliated with it.
Toxoplasmosis is commonly transmitted through cat faeces - which many cat owners have laying around in litter boxes at home. If your cat's litter box is left without cleaning for days at a time, the chances of being catching a Toxoplasmosis 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 infection 1 - 5 days after your cat's waste is left in their 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 self-washing cat litter box removes cat litter from you home for good, reducing the risk of Toxoplasmosis to 0%.
The CatGenie gets rid of your cat's waste before the Toxoplasmosis gondii parasite has a chance to become actively infectious. The CatGenie also 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 purchase a CatGenie unit from?
You can purchase a CatGenie directly through our website or over the phone on 1300 228 436. We have Zip Pay and Afterpay available on all products (through website purchase only) and we deliver Australia wide.
Pick up is also available from our Brisbane warehouse in Meadowbrook (near the Springwood IKEA). Call 1300 228 436 to arrange a day and time for collection.