Cats and Toxoplasmosis

As other animals, cats often are affected by toxoplasmas. The disease almost always develops in an imperceptible and completely inoffensive way. However, an important difference exists with other animals, responsible for more than one cat to end up in a hospital or go on to a better life. A recently infected cat excretes for some week’s oocysts along with the feces. These oocysts constitute, together with the cysts of meat and eggs, the most important source of infection of toxoplasmosis.

Unfortunately, they are very resistant and support dryness and solar beams. Cysts turn into powder together with the feces and are transported by wind. They are found everywhere: backyard, public parks, house, farm; any place where there are cats. These oocysts that come from feces are the principal reason of the omnipresence of toxoplasmosis, which at first hand, we shouldn’t be afraid of. 

While visiting the veterinarian, you can extract and analyze a sample of blood to know the existence of toxoplasmosis. The possibilities are the following:

  • There is no existence of toxoplasmosis for the moment. Your cat will be contagious sooner or later and after it will excrete oocysts after some weeks.
  • There is existence of toxoplasmosis. In this case, the possibilities are two. If your veterinarian informs you of a highly positive result, an infection is produced which means it will be infected for the next weeks. You could take some symbolical special hygienic action, but it’s very probable that it is already contagious. In case of scantily positive result, it will not excrete oocysts. Congratulations, your cat is totally save from new infections and will be, therefore, innocuous.

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