Q. My pregnant wife was scratched by a cat. Do I need to be worried?

Answered by
Dr. Sadaf Mustafa
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 22, 2016 and last reviewed on: Feb 10, 2020

Hello doctor,

My wife who is 5 months pregnant was slightly scratched by a cat. Almost half a drop of blood was visible on one of the scratch. Cat is not vaccinated. It just sleeps and eats in our house. Please help.

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Hi,

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  • Important point to consider is your wife's exposure to cat litter.
  • Toxoplasmosis can spread through the exposure to cat litter; usually antibodies to toxoplasmosis are checked in first three months of pregnancy.
  • They might have been checked already. If not, then I would highly encourage you to show her to an obstetrician.
  • Regarding the cut, apply local antibiotic cream and keep it clean.
  • If there is any redness or drainage, then she need further treatment.

Preventive measures:

Avoid handling cat litter.

Regarding follow up:

Follow up in two weeks to an internal medicine physician online.---> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician


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