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Soil and Composting: Cat waste- renewed warnings

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

July 14, 2013
9:20 AM

Post #9598482

Our paper had an article today with current study re emphasizing the hazards of cat waste.
Cat waste (cats the spend time outdoors or are feral) often carries Toxoplasmosis, as it always has. This hardy parasite can live as "oocycsts", very durable egg like stages. Risks of infection include birth defects and possibly schizophrenia, brain cancer, or suicidal behavior.
They recommend putting cat waste in the garbage, not toilet.
Wash all produce . Wear gloves while gardening and wash after.

And they didn't say but we certainly can assume, they absolutely , positively don't want us burying cat waste or putting it in compost, no matter how well maintained the compost..
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 28, 2013
8:30 PM

Post #9614831

Thanks, sallyg! Very important info. That should probably be a "sticky"...don't you agree?

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

July 30, 2013
7:36 AM

Post #9616308

Hi, I decided to get a link from the CDC and post it to the exisitng sticky
Here's the CDC page which makes it sound even scarier!
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 30, 2013
7:58 AM

Post #9616343

Thanks sallyg!! It sounds really scary, but it's definitely important.



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