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Forum Name: Obstetrics

Question: Indoor pets and pregnancy

 eeyor03 - Sun Jan 04, 2009 7:54 pm

We have two Robo Dwarf hampsters. We don't handle them, but my daughter and I usually are the ones that clean the cages. As my husband and I will be trying to get pregnant in the next few months, are hampsters okay to have? I know that some pets can cause harm to the unborn baby and we wanted to see if these were safe.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Tue Jan 06, 2009 12:21 am

User avatar Hello,
Handling reptiles can cause salmonella infection and cats that go outdoors can spread disease through their litter box so we recommend you not change the box yourself and ask someone else to do those honors.

I know of no real risk for pregnancy complications from hamsters but good handwashing after handling is always a good idea.

Best wishes and good luck in your venture.
 just_another_mom - Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:51 pm

I am a mom of 4. During my pregnancies I have had cats, dogs, mice, a ferret, and fish. I have been told that changing the litter could cause problems but I did not know that until after doing it. I recomend that if you change litter of any kind wash your hands well and wear a face mask so you do not inhale anything. I did this and thank God never had any problems. Good luck!
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:41 am

User avatar Those are good suggestions to help guard against infection. If the cat never goes out or catches mice the risk is very small.


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