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Peri-pregnancy legends about cats

Peri-pregnancy legends about cats

Cats have always been shrouded in a hint of mysticism and mystery. There is probably no pregnant woman in our country who has not been threatened with toxoplasmosis. But is this the only fear a pregnant woman encounters about cats?? We present to you the "most interesting" and the most popular facts and myths surrounding cats.

1. Toxoplasmosis - this is probably the most common fear of future parents. It is worth knowing that it is easier to get infected by eating undercooked meat or even vegetables prepared next to meat in your home kitchen than from a domestic purr, especially if the cat does not go outside. If the pet has been a household member for several years, most likely the owners have already undergone toxoplasmosis and acquired immunity, if their cat is a carrier of the disease at all. Even if this did not happen, it is enough to follow the basic rules of hygiene when cleaning the litter box (or pass the obligation to your partner during pregnancy), and you cannot catch this protozoan from the very stroking. Remember: a well-groomed and regularly dewormed cat does not pose a threat to a pregnant woman.

2. Cats suck the breath of newborns - superstition, unfortunately, often passed on by grandmothers and aunts. The origin of this myth even has a historical background. Apparently in England in 1791 a cat was accused of the death of a newborn child, a court verdict confirmed his guilt. Despite the passage of years and the development of civilization, a doctor in 1929 reportedly witnessed a demonic cat sucking a child's breath. There are three theories about cat behavior:

and. metaphysical - the cat is interested in an innocent soul

b. pragmatic - the cat is attracted by the baby's warmth and the smell of the milk they drink

c. psychological - a cat out of jealousy, for the attention devoted to the new household member, suffocates the baby

3. The cat hunts for a newborn's apple - hard to believe, but such a superstition is still circulating today. When you hear him during pregnancy, ask if a good informant knows that a pear (in other words, Adam's apple) develops after puberty :)

4. Simultaneous holding of a baby and a cat will make it happen the child will lose vigor, energy and intelligence. Of course, there are many more variants, depending on the region of the country, but there is only one effect - the cat takes the best from the child.

5. An even more shocking myth is that one should get rid of the cat in case a daughter is born because growing up with a cat under one roof will be sterile.

6. Supposedly when a pregnant woman sees a yawning cat, the baby will be born with a cleft palate. This myth is similar to those in the series: when a woman is burned, the child will have a birthmark in the same place. A cleft palate is a developmental defect and is not affected by any yawning pet.

7. A child cannot grow up with a kitten - in the past, it was believed that a kitten would grow at the child's expense, taking away its vitality. This superstition has a rational explanation: in the past, domestic animals were not dewormed, and these were carriers of parasites such as tapeworms. At a time when hygiene as it is today was not paid attention to, the infant could very easily "take over" the parasite.

Finally, one very pleasant belief from the old days:

8. Once upon a time, women during childbirth were accompanied by a kitten, which was supposed to be a good omen for a future mother. Its presence was believed to reduce labor pains in a woman. It was justified by the fact that the kitten gives birth, purrs and endures her pain with joy.

Today, in the age of the Internet, you can meet many questions on forums about raising a child with animals or the influence of pets on the course of pregnancy. Fortunately, the above theories are myths that can be put between fairy tales. It is a scientifically proven fact that both cats and dogs have a calming effect on humans, and children raised in the environment of animals have a positive effect on their development and reduce the risk of developing allergies.

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