A man has been dragged online for telling his pregnant wife she needs to clean the cat litter box.
In a post on Reddit’s r/AmITheA****** sub, which already has over 23,000 upvotes, user u/mozzz22 shared his reasons.
“My wife and I are expecting our first baby. Three years ago my wife decided she desperately wanted a cat. I hate cats and all animals in the house, so I was against it,” he said. -he explains. “She kept talking about it, so eventually we made a deal so she could have a cat, but it was her responsibility – I wouldn’t have anything to do with it.”
The couple kept their word and the woman took care of the cat while Redditor admits he mostly ignored the animal. But now that she is pregnant, things have changed.
“[She] asked me if I could pick up the litter until she gave birth due to toxoplasmosis. I looked and as long as she wears gloves and washes her hands she should be fine. So I told him absolutely not,” the poster wrote.
Allison Banfield, owner of maternity website Proud Happy Mama, said Newsweek: “From the perspective of a mother of two who has gone through the wonderful process of pregnancy, pregnant women should ideally not go near cat litter boxes at all. If it can be avoided and someone someone else can clean the litter box daily so that’s great, if that can’t be avoided I would definitely recommend wearing gloves to avoid contact with cat feces.
Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by the single-celled parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Infection can occur from eating undercooked contaminated meat or shellfish, eating contaminated food from knives, utensils or other objects that have come in contact with meat or shellfish contaminated raw materials, drinking contaminated water or receiving infected blood through transfusion.
One of the most well-known causes of toxoplasmosis is accidental ingestion of the parasite through contact with infected cat feces, which can easily occur when cleaning a litter box.
Animal nutrition and behavior specialist Daniel Jackson said Newsweek: “Toxoplasmosis is a very common parasitic disease and is found in most warm-blooded animals, cats being one. It can cause severe eye disease in humans and, if the person has weakened immunity, even lung or brain disease can be a major risk.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have stated that: “Most people who are infected with Toxoplasma gondii are unaware of it because they have no symptoms. But some will suffer from flu-like symptoms, and in severe cases the infection can damage the brain, eyes and other organs. Infants are most likely to suffer from severe toxoplasmosis. born to mothers newly infected during pregnancy and to people with severely weakened immune systems.
The infection can be easily passed from mother to baby during pregnancy, and although infants are unlikely to show symptoms at birth, they can still develop symptoms later in life. Some infected newborns are born with severe eye or brain damage.
“If you are concerned about experiencing symptoms of contamination, always seek the help of a medical professional,” Banfield said.
But the Redditor kept his word and explained, “She wasn’t happy but I reminded her of our deal when we had the chat. I told her it was her responsibility and if she didn’t want to deal with it anymore with the new baby coming, we can get rid of it and find a new home for it. She said no and picked up the litter,” he said. “Her sister was there and saw her doing this and told me how dangerous it was. But of course her sister is going to be right there and overreact.”
In over 8,600 comments, Redditors were appalled by the man’s decision to tell his wife she needed to pick up the litter.
In a comment with over 73,000 upvotes, one reply said, “She really shouldn’t be around cat feces while pregnant. Even at the vet clinic where it’s literally your job to clean up that kind of things, we don’t allow our pregnant employees to clean the cat boxes,” prompting a response from another Redditor who wrote, “The vet clinic cares more about its employees than this man cares about his pregnant wife.”
Another reply read, “Guess what? I’m pregnant, I have two cats. I wanted cats. My husband didn’t have any. And you know what? My husband loves me enough to take on this responsibility while I am pregnant to protect our unborn child as a father and husband or partner should.”
“You act like an immature brat towards the woman carrying your child,” another response read.
Newsweek contacted u/mozzz22 for comment. We were unable to verify the details of this case.
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