gani et se wrote:There is a risk. Especially for pregnant women or for people with suppressed immunity -- people with HIV, or people receiving chemotherapy, for example -- the potential for getting toxoplasmosis from cat crap is a big deal. For others, the symptoms can be mild, but untreated toxoplasmosis can become serious if you become immune suppressed. Consequences to infected fetuses can range from mild to very severe, including retardation. Vision problems, up to blindness, can affect fetuses and people with immune issues.
Jay Green wrote:
And, yet, these individuals have cats all over the world and deal with their fecal matter on a daily basis and do not feel this is a risk...but a cat pooping in a garden is? ... Anyone of normal intelligence is going to wash their produce from their gardens before eating, so the chances of it raining on cat pooped soils, splashing up on the veggies and not getting washed away in the same rains and then not getting rinsed well enough in the house before eating are much more slim than contamination from letting your house cat sit or stand on any surface in the home.
Jay Green wrote:
Yes, it's real...they have germs in their poop. What creature doesn't? Use common sense and wash your veggies, leave the cats to their own devises and.... worry less, live more.
Morgan Morrigan wrote:toxoplasmosis is turning out to be MUCH more dangerous that the docs have told us.
potentially ALL of the schizophrenia may be caused by it, and links to as much as 90% of suicides not caused by the antidepressants. Also a strong link to 3rd degree homicide.
It actually travels to the brain, and starts building structures and influencing dopamine release.
gani et se wrote:There is a risk. For example -- the potential for getting toxoplasmosis from cat crap is a big deal.
Cris Bessette wrote:How do you keep the cats from shitting in your garden?
Marco Banks wrote:Everyone is suggesting a "push" solution --- push the cats out. What about a "pull" solution?
Can you create another bed somewhere else that will attract the cats away from your garden beds? Is there a wasted space nearby just waiting for a nice load of mulch where you can distract/attract your cats and get them to crap there rather than where they are currently doing their business? It might mean bringing in some sand as well as other finer mulch, but give them a destination that is more attractive than your garden.
And then, in 3 years, that space will be wonderfully fertile and ready for planting, while you move their poop bed to a new location.
Colleen Oleary wrote:I found the solution for cats in the garden! My neighbor's 3 cats think my garden beds are their new litter box. They especially like to poop in with my strawberries and I'm concerned about the parasites on soft fruit. I heard somewhere that coffee grounds were a deterrent but I don't drink coffee. So I went to a coffee shop and asked for their used grounds. They gave me a small kitchen sized garbage bag full. I spread them all around the edges of the garden and among the plants. Have not seen a cat in the garden since!