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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Ok i dont know if anyone is heard of this, but anyways my cousin has been sayin that cats have this "diease" that makes women not have babies.. Some lady that came to my house also said that she went blind because of her cat because of the hair something like that.. So from my understanding its bad to be to close to a cat because:
"they make you not have kids, or the child comes out with problems"
"make you blind"
"can make you sick"
I sleep with my cat so my mom is always talking about that im going to get sick . THe point is IS ANY OF THIS TRUE?
post #2 of 10
I should be dead if this were true, I've slept with multiple cats at one time throughout my life.
post #3 of 10
you've got to be kidding right?

This is a MYTH! (meaning: not true)
post #4 of 10
Ridiculous!!! That's just as bad as the myth that cats suck the breath out of babies!
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
i kno thats what i told my mom.. my cousin is pregnant and everytime she comes over she nevr wants the cat around her.. i think its so dumb, plus i cant sleep with out my cloudy lol
post #6 of 10
they make you not have kids, or the child comes out with problems -

Some cats can be infected with a disease called toxoplasmosis, which occasionally can be spread to humans through cat litter boxes and cause serious problems in unborn babies. However, these problems can be controlled, if the expectant mother avoids contact with the litter box and assigns daily cleaning to a friend or other family member.

make you blind -

Never heard anything about this one, if it scratched your eye maybe, an old wives tail i'd say

Can make you sick -

It's no wonder that pets inhabit more than half of America's homes. They're cute, cuddly, great companions and boundlessly loyal. Research shows that having a pet lowers blood pressure, reduces heart rates and decreases stress levels. However, pet lovers, beware. Man's best friends can make you sick.

Pet-related illnesses

Young children, pregnant women, people with HIV/AIDS, organ transplant recipients and people being treated for cancer are most-at-risk for catching a pet-related illness. Most people know about rabies and about pets bringing home ticks that can cause Lyme disease, but many other illnesses can be spread from pets to people. Here are just a few.

Campylobacteriosis: Can cause diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, fever, nausea and vomiting. In those with compromised immune systems, it can cause life-threatening infections. Campylobacteriosis may cause arthritis or Guillain-Barré syndrome, which can lead to temporary paralysis.

Campylobacteriosis results from handling or eating raw or undercooked poultry, or from contact with the feces of an infected dog or cat.

Cat scratch disease (CSD): A bacterial infection resulting from the scratch or bite of a cat, usually a kitten. Infected cats show no signs of illness. Human symptoms include mild infection at the wound site, swollen lymph nodes, fever, headache, fatigue and loss of appetite.

Leptospirosis: Causes flu-like symptoms, which can develop into life-threatening infections in the kidney, liver, brain, lung and heart. Pets can catch it by drinking or even walking through water contaminated with the urine of an infected animal. Infection can enter your system through your eyes, nose or mouth, especially if the skin is broken. Leptospirosis is rare in cats.

Symptoms in your pet include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, refusal to eat, weakness and stiffness.

Psittacosis: Infection that causes fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, dry cough and pneumonia. Heart, liver and neurological complications can also occur. This disease can be fatal.

Infection comes from inhaling the dried secretions of infected birds (parrots, parakeets, cockatiels, macaws, ducks, turkeys, etc.). The bird usually has no symptoms.

Ringworm: A ring-shaped, often-itchy rash. Many animals - including dogs, cats and farm animals - can transmit it. It can also be passed between humans. Ringworm is not a worm, but a fungal disease.

Salmonella: Bacterial disease with symptoms of diarrhea, fever and stomach pain. Other organs are sometimes affected and hospitalization may be required.

Contaminated foods and a variety of animals can cause infection. The culprits most often are baby chicks and ducklings, and reptiles - such as lizards, snakes and turtles.

Toxoplasmosis: Caused by a parasite. Symptoms are flu-like with swollen glands and muscle aches. Toxoplasmosis results from eating meat that isn't fully cooked or from contact with contaminated cat feces.

Pregnant women should not clean litter boxes. Toxoplasmosis can infect the fetus, causing miscarriage or birth defects.
Avoiding pet-related illness:

Take the following steps to keep your family and your pet healthy:

Keep your pet vaccinated.
Don't feed raw or undercooked meats to pets.
Don't let your cat catch mice.
Don't take in sick strays or wild animals.
Wash your hands thoroughly after playing with animals.
If you're scratched or bitten by a cat, wash the injured area immediately.
Don't have reptiles or amphibians in homes with young children or immunocompromised persons. Remove such pets before the arrival of a new baby.
Don't give baby chicks or ducklings to children as Easter gifts.
Have children wash hands thoroughly after visiting petting zoos.
Keep rodent problems under control.
this is all well and good but walking in the park barefoot or eating off a dirty plate can make you sick and that's life.

i always feed my pets raw food and they love it.

cats will catch mice, it's their nature.

if i see a sick cat or stray of course i'm going to take it in, to help it

well, i never wash my hands after playing with my pest unless i'm preparing food and i'm fine, whoever wrote this is either 70 or has OCD.

iv'e also been bitten and scratched by cats many times and have had no problems, it has healed just like any other cut

i can't stand people who have to wash their hands every time they play with a cat or dog, or say they are dirty or disease ridden etc, yes they have germs but so do people. i also hate it when an expectant mother gets rid of the loved family pet because of a few stupid myths...

i sincerly hope that who ever wrote this never gets a pet of any sort

she forgot to mention, enclose yourself in a disinfected glass case

post #7 of 10
They make you not have kids...

Well I am 13 weeks pregnant atm and my lil' furball has been sleeping on my feet for the last year and my girlie furball sleeps just behind my pillow...you can get toxoplasmosis from cat litter if your cat hunts birds/mice but you are more likely to get it from handling/eating raw/undercooked meat. Also if you have been cleaning the cat litter from before pregnancy you build up immunity against it. Although I don't clean the litter because the smell just makes me throw up atm and hubby insists.

Can make you sick...

lol a lot of things can make you sick...not just kitties.

Make you go blind...

Well if you spend all day rubbing your face on kitty with your eyes open...but I haven't really heard much on this one, mostly urban legends and no facts.
post #8 of 10
Don't make me laugh. In truth, there's a study that proves cats can help you live longer.

People also say rats are diseased. If they were, I've most likely be dead. My rats give me kisses on the lips all the time.
post #9 of 10
it's nice to know that not everyone listens to these myths

of course you have to be a bit careful when your pregnant and when the baby is born you probably have to be carful and introduce him/her to the cat but some people just go over the top
post #10 of 10
Don't make me laugh. In truth, there's a study that proves cats can help you live longer.
exactly and they can be good if you are stressed or sad, they can actually help you to get to sleep quicker too.

cats are also used for children in hospitals with cancer or kids who have suffered some type of trauma, if they made people sick they wouldn't allow them in hospitals to seee kids and the elderly for that matter
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