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Expecting Mom? Get "rid of the cat"

post #1 of 19
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I couldn't believe this was still going around like this... Please read this blog post and see if you can email the good doctor and share your views:
http://thecatsite.com/blog/128/cats-...-wont-die.html
post #2 of 19
Wow ... Obviously a DR or PHD does not = the ability to think in a common sense format
post #3 of 19
I sent an email.

It is not rocket science to come up with the idea of letting your partner change the litterbox when you are worried about toxoplasmosis, it is ?
Or would the doctor not deign to do that if his wife were pregnant, easier to get rid of the cats ?

And please...cats smothering babies, on purpose no less.
post #4 of 19
You have got to be kidding.
post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
I know, pretty amazing. And this guy is quite famous when it comes to education parents. I've seen him on TV here too. I have a feeling he'll be getting quite a few emails about this
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by Anne View Post
I know, pretty amazing. And this guy is quite famous when it comes to education parents. I've seen him on TV here too. I have a feeling he'll be getting quite a few emails about this
I already sent mine and I've been telling everyone I know about it, lol.
post #7 of 19
He should read the threads on this forum devoted to cats and pregnant women.
post #8 of 19
I can't even reply as I am struck speechless
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
Wow ... Obviously a DR or PHD does not = the ability to think in a common sense format
We've both had our fair amount of dealings with plenty to know.

As one person i know, who having dealt with several "stupid" doctors", pointed out. Common sense doesn't mean that it's good sense, otherwise it wouldn't be common.

And the old favorite "What do you call a doctor that graduated at the top of the class? Doctor. What do you called the doctor who graduated last of their class? Doctor"

I see a lot of lack of good sense all around me. Very simple things that people should know better. A woman ran over her kid the other night at the store I work at (luckily I was not working that night), she should have known better than to back out when her child was not strapped in and the doors weren't locked.

In this case it's an easy excuse for one to push their beliefs onto others. You'll never hear of a doctor who is a cat lover suggest that one should give away their cats. But for those who do not like cats or even animals, it's the first thing out of their mouths. Simply because of society's herd like behavior, most people don't question and just follow along because they think their doctor knows everything and is somehow beyond mistakes and prejudices.
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
In this case it's an easy excuse for one to push their beliefs onto others. You'll never hear of a doctor who is a cat lover suggest that one should give away their cats. But for those who do not like cats or even animals, it's the first thing out of their mouths. Simply because of society's herd like behavior, most people don't question and just follow along because they think their doctor knows everything and is somehow beyond mistakes and prejudices.
This doctor has obviously never been around cats and knows nothing about them.
post #11 of 19
What is so sad is, there are millions of people out there that believe every, single word that comes out of a doctor's mouth.

Darn doctor probably hates cats. Pathetic
post #12 of 19
Just another reason for our throw away society to get rid of their cat(s).
But hey, it can be good excuse to not clean the litterbox for almost a year for preggo ladies as they can make their husband do that.
I heard that individuals can get titers to measure their immunity to toxo. And most women who have been exposed to it have immune systems that take care of that problem. And it is rare for cats to have in the first place if you have an inside cat and no rodent or bat problem and practice good hygiene. But one can get it even from working in their garden from cats allowed to roam around.
And cats paw around in their litterbox and then walk all over your bed, your counters, etc. sometimes dropping parts of litter from the litterbox so that can't be very good if indeed their feces contained toxo. That is what makes me also believe the immune system takes care of it in most people, as it can be found other places than just the cat box when the kitty digs around in there and walks around your home immediately following.
Thoughts?
post #13 of 19
What a load of !!! I had a friend tell me that I should not even touch my cats while I'm prego or I'll loose the baby..... I was just like ya w/e. It has been nice not doing the litter box My kitties have helped keep me sane! They are really enjoying the belly also. Figaro was laying on my belly and the baby kicked him and he like jumped up and was pokeing back And there is nothing better then when Flower lays on my belly and purrs. I have woundered for a long time if they know im pregnent. People give away their cats for enough stupid reasons now poeple are going to read this and have a new one!! Here is an idea if you are truly worried about your cats "smothering" your child to death don't let them sleep with the baby!! Wow that was a real tough problem to solve. This guy needs to get a clue. I am sure every cat wants to cuddle up next to a screaming infent.
post #14 of 19
I believe I can appeal to the good doctor academically, but do not want to email a general address for the New York Times family section. Does anyone have a more specific email address? Otherwise, I will print my letter to him and send it to either the Brazelton Institute or Touchpoints.
Also, if anyone has contact for the person responsible for actually posting the response he wrote, that is someone who should know the inaccuracies, as it might get the post pulled or modified. Contacting the doctor himself likely wont inspire him to make a retraction.
post #15 of 19
Here's the TouchPoints contact information, though I highly doubt "Dr." Brazelton has the courage to read what we have to right
Brazelton Touchpoints Center
1295 Boylston Street, Suite 320, Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 857-218-4451 / Fax: 617- 730-0060
eMail: touchpoints@childrens.harvard.edu
During waiter training at the dinnerhouse where I worked, we were taught that undercooked (medium & rarer) meats presented the biggest danger. This article shows the cat feces problem as 4th on the list - meat at the top of the list:http://health.yahoo.com/pregnancy-co...e--tn7486.html
post #16 of 19
I refered to the CDC page, where they don't even suggest you get rid of your cats to avoid risk of infection: http://www.cdc.gov/toxoplasmosis/pregnant.html.

I think I might resend my email to the address you listed above. I'll think about it a bit more today.
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by Februa View Post
I believe I can appeal to the good doctor academically, but do not want to email a general address for the New York Times family section. Does anyone have a more specific email address? Otherwise, I will print my letter to him and send it to either the Brazelton Institute or Touchpoints.
Also, if anyone has contact for the person responsible for actually posting the response he wrote, that is someone who should know the inaccuracies, as it might get the post pulled or modified. Contacting the doctor himself likely wont inspire him to make a retraction.
If you or anyone else would like to put together a short article (600-1000 words?) about this, I'd love to publish it on the site under our health articles section. I think it could be a great resource and reference page. Full credit will be given to the author, of course, including, if they want, a bio paragraph and a link to their website.
post #18 of 19
I wanted to post that in the forums on the site where that advice was posted, a "site producer" posted that a veterinarian would respond.

I found her response (but not on their site): http://www.palmbeachpost.com/accent/...a_col_web.html
post #19 of 19
It's nice that a veterinarian did respond to that article... Though I have one big problem with her article - most cats can't clear 42 inches in a jump? She must see a lot of lazy cats. My kitchen counters are taller, and as so many of us on here know - they don't deter a cat wanting to snoop/sneak food.

Hopefully most readers will already know how high their cats can jump and climb and won't be shocked when a baby gate is not enough to prevent a cat from going where it wishes.
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