A former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships), at the University of Ibadan (UI), Prof Olanike Adeyemo, says pregnant women should avoid cats because the animal transmits a disease that causes abortion.
Prof Adeyemo stated that a cat’s litter also causes some changes and makes babies defective.
“Many people don’t know that a pregnant woman should not be in contact with cats because cats transmit a disease that causes abortion,” she told Punch.
“She should not be in contact with a cat’s litter if she is pregnant. It also causes some changes and makes babies defective. But a combination of many factors makes disease transmission occur.
“Toxoplasmosis is usually harmless, but in rare cases, it can lead to serious problems and cats spread the parasite via their faeces.
“Women are more at risk if they get infected in pregnancy. Toxoplasmosis can cause miscarriage. If it spreads to a woman’s baby it can cause serious complications, especially if she caught it early in pregnancy.”