There is a common misconception that pregnant women should avoid cats at all costs. Don’t put any stock in that! Raccoons and other animals that have been infected with rabies provide a threat to human health, but only a rabid animal is a threat to everyone, including expectant mothers. Other animals that have rabies pose a threat only to pregnant women. If you get your cat vaccinated against rabies, you can protect your family as well as yourself from contracting the disease. Toxoplasmosis is the only disease that pregnant women need be concerned about, as cats are the only animals that can transmit it. This is a dreadful virus that not only has the potential to cause a birth defect in a child, but it also has the potential to cause a woman to miscarry. However, one must keep in mind that in order for cats to become carriers of the parasites that cause this sickness, they must consume live prey or prey that has only been recently dead. And the only way for a person to contract such an illness is through the consumption of cat feces. Therefore, there is no need for concern if the pregnant woman does not clean the litter box and your cat will just consume the food that you purchase for it to eat. If you are concerned that your cat may have ingested something it shouldn’t have, that the mouse it ate may have been infected, or that she may have picked up this illness by accident while walking down the street, then you should test the cat’s feces for toxoplasmosis, which is, by the way, a treatable condition. The conclusion that can be drawn from all of this is that it is not in the least bit essential to attempt to attach the cat or to put it to death if there is a pregnant woman living in your household. Simply have vaccinations administered to all domestic cats to protect them from the most frequent infectious diseases. If you want to purchase a kitten, you should make certain that he has received all of the required vaccines before you bring him home. It is very recommended that he have all of his vaccinations at least one week in advance of your bringing him to your home. If you choose to get a home for a cat that is already an adult, then you should make it a point to find out whether or not she was vaccinated when she was small, or whether or not she was vaccinated when she was older.
The first series of immunizations against disease in kittens should be administered between the ages of eight and nine weeks, and the second series of the same vaccinations should be administered between three and four weeks after the initial round. Vaccination against rabies is strongly recommended, it is readily available, and it is required by law.
You have probably witnessed how a cat that is kneeling pulls its body on the floor covering, sofa, or bed while leaving traces of fecal matter that are several centimeters long, and sometimes even decimeters long.
At the same time, the animal does not wipe, but rather attempts to get rid of the feeling of discomfort caused by trauma or infection of the anal glands. The anal glands are two small sacs that are located on both sides of the anus, and they secrete an unpleasant-smelling liquid every time the cat goes to the bathroom. The unusual behavior that was mentioned before may have been caused by a dysfunction in the glands that were described or by problems in the outflow of the product of the activity of these glands. Both of these possibilities are possible. If these glands sustain physical damage, it can result in inflammation and the development of parasites; however, the most distressing aspect is that the animal will experience discomfort as a result of the condition. This illness does not disappear on its own without treatment. The soreness can be relieved by rubbing against the carpet, but the relief is just temporary, and the situation will be the same the next day. It is imperative that you seek the advice of a qualified veterinarian as soon as possible in order to assist a sick patient.
Instead of trying to treat the issue on your own, it is strongly recommended that you visit a veterinarian. Always clearly visible, prominently placed contact information for the nearest animal hospital or veterinarian should be maintained. The following are some useful hints:
- If you notice that your cat has suddenly stopped breathing for no apparent reason, you should immediately open its mouth, check to see that there are no obstructions to regular breathing, and, if any are found, remove the offending object from its airway using your fingers. Shake the cat gently by picking it up by its rear legs and lifting it.
- In the event that the cat has been burned, administer ice or cold water to the area that has been harmed. In the event that the injury is the consequence of a chemical burn, the affected region should be thoroughly rinsed.
- If the cat has been injured and is bleeding heavily, employ all means necessary to staunch the bleeding; putting on a tourniquet is one option for accomplishing this goal.
- If a toxic substance has entered the body of the cat, for example along with food, then it is required to take action based on the sort of poison that has been ingested. Make sure that you keep part of the food that the cat ate so that the veterinarian may examine the sample and determine the type of venom that was consumed by the cat. In the event that the toxic material made its way into the stomach of her cat while she was “washing” it off the fur, she should immediately call a veterinarian, put an end to the cat’s urges to lick, and then wrap her body in cloth, exposing only her head.