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Is Cat wee dangerous to children? Cat has weed all over 2 yr olds toys

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whensmydayoff Thu 01-Oct-09 14:17:33

Yes, disgusting I hear you cry!
We moved house recently and the cat has been used to getting in and out a cat flap. Here we have no where to put a flap because all glass.
Didn't want a smelly cat tray in the house so we put her out at night and let her in, in the day and try to let her out now and then inbetween.
Obviously this plan hasn't worked as I have just had my friend in with her 2 yr old and they were happily playing with the toys all morning and when they left and I tidied up, I realised the box and toys were soaking wet and stinking of cat wee shock. The horrible cat has used the toy box like a tray.
I know cat poo is dangerous but is cat wee?
Toys now soaking (batteries and all, in boiling water and milton steriliser.
Cat is on e-bay!

Lonicera Thu 01-Oct-09 14:23:22

Poor cat

get a litter tray or leave a window open

l39 Thu 01-Oct-09 14:40:19

You are joking about soaking the batteries I hope??

I think you'd be a lot worse off if it had been rat urine, which transmits Weil's disease. Cats do have toxoplasmosis but (except in pregnancy) it's not such a threat, or no one would keep cats.

Might be an idea to ask a doctor or vet.

whensmydayoff Thu 01-Oct-09 14:53:29

139 unfotunately Im not joking about the batteries blush.
It was a box of Happyland stuff and I totally forgot the little police station and post office etc had bells and noises until I threw them in the bath and strange drowning bells started sounding!
Im going to have to get a screwdriver once they are dry. Silly cow.
I am Pregnant and I moved the box this morning and saw water and asummed DS had threw his cup in there as per the norm.
I can't remember if my hands got wet. Im so worried now sad.
I knew folk would say 'poor cat'. Right now she is lucky she is not in the bath with the toys.

mathanxiety Thu 01-Oct-09 18:32:26

You need a cat box, and quick, and maybe some new toys, plus a toybox with a lid. I have a cat who thinks clothes on the floor are really an open invitation for her, so you have my sympathies. Nip this habit in the bud, though, or the cat will get used to it. If the cat's scent remains on the toybox or the toys it may well continue using it.

Ponders Thu 01-Oct-09 18:34:08

I think cat wee is merely stinky, not toxic - has the cat been wormed recently?

FabBakerGirlIsSURVIVED Thu 01-Oct-09 18:35:05

Take the batteries out now and bin them.

Let the toys dry out completely before you put new batteries in.

TBH I am not surprised she weed in the box. Cats need to be able to go when they need to go. The cat hasn't done anything wrong, you didn't provide her with somewhere to go to the toilet so she found her own.

differentID Thu 01-Oct-09 18:37:45

you can get covered cat litter trays you know that have a charcoal filter? they normally only stink when the litter isn't cleared out and changed. Poor kitty cat, must have been desperate.

Make sure though that the toy box is completely cleaned or the cat may go back there again.

PinkTulips Thu 01-Oct-09 18:38:07

it's harmless enough, urine is generally sterile so you should all be safe enough.... although annoyed and smelly.

you do need to get her a tray though, it's simply unfair not to as if she's caught short she has no option but to find somewhere to pee in the house, and trust me she's probably as unhappy about it as you are.

if she's used to going out she'll barely use the tray, only in emergancies so it shouldn't be too much trouble to clean.

careergirl Thu 01-Oct-09 20:53:45

She's actually a good girl for trying to find somewhere to wee rather than just doing it on the floor/carpets. Cats are usually clean and she will only have done this out of desperation. Its going to be a litter tray or general access outdoors I'm afraid. Sods law it was the kids toybox though and I do sympathise as cat wee is really vile.

whensmydayoff Fri 02-Oct-09 09:03:57

Calmer this morning - I know it wasn't the cats fault. There is nowhere to put the tray in this house (renting). It's got cream carpets everywhere and is all a bit open planned so DS would be playing in it with his diggers!
I have however googled cat urine/infection and for everyone's info with cats - it IS dangerous to humans. If the kids got it on their hands and then put hands near mouth/eyes (every chance) they can pick up an infection called something like listrporosis (cant remember exactly). It causes all sorts of symptoms in the first place, within 2 days-4 weeks then the secondery infection can cause meningitis and kidney failure. Now we just have to watch they don't get ill in the next 4 weeks and if they do they will need treated with anti biotics. It didn't say how effective the treatment was but there's no point worrying about it now, just have to watch them.
I have to admit (sorry cat lovers), it's put me right off having cats around small children. Im sick of the poo in the garden, it makes me nervous. Anyone want a lovely natured black cat - usually house trained, honest?!!

MrsMagnolia Fri 02-Oct-09 10:29:50

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

FabBakerGirlIsSURVIVED Fri 02-Oct-09 18:12:43

Are you serious about giving you cat away?

whensmydayoff Sat 03-Oct-09 14:57:25

Thanks MrsMagnolia but I don't think the landlord would like a catflap in his conservatory! There really is no where in this house. Im just trying to keep on top of letting her out for now and if I leave the house she is put out.
FabBakerGirlIsSURVIVED If I could find a nice home for her - yes, we are in middle of a house build and are moving again within a year. The cat has went from being 'the baby' to 'that pain in the ass cat'.
>Ducks to avoid backlash of animal loversblush.

whensmydayoff Sat 03-Oct-09 14:58:13

Oh and thanks mrsmagnolia, that makes me feel better than you have survived cat pee!!

vinblanc Sat 03-Oct-09 15:01:45

I remember when we moved house, the cat wee'd over all sorts of things. Things we anguished about chucking before we moved were very easily released after the move grin.

If the cat has wee'd over plastic toys, just chuck them in the dishwasher.

Obviously everything needs to be washed.

The toxoplasmosis is an issue with cat poo, but it is only dangerous if the cat gets it and you are unexposed and in your first trimester. The odds are pretty small. It is not dangerous to non-pregnant adults and children. In fact, exposure will prevent you having to worry int he future.

FabBakerGirlHasHadEnough Sat 03-Oct-09 15:29:43

With all the upheaval I am not surprised you cat has become unhappy.

Please give her to a rescue place who will look after her properly and not see her as a pain.

DrNortherner Sat 03-Oct-09 15:34:48

If she has no litter tray and no access to the outdoors then what do you expect her to do when she needs to pee?

Rehome her, you clearly don't want her.

whensmydayoff Sat 03-Oct-09 16:19:46

Ugh here we go.
I wouldn't give her to a cat rescue. I would need to know who I was giving her to and if I thought they were suitable.
I said "if I could find a nice home".
I also said, I am trying to keep on top of letting her out and have no access.
I ALSO said " I know it wasn't her fault".
Bloody hell, the issue was the 2 yr olds splashing around in fresh cat piss and THEIR safety. Not the cat.
If it makes the folk worried about the cat feel better - even when we let her out at night, my DH has lined the hut with Kingspan insulation, put a catflap in it and she has a furry hooded bed and some cat biscuits.
The cat is not unhappy and we have ran all the plans of the newbuild by her and she is pleased with the layout grin!
Thanks for everyone's elses reassuarance re the children.

IdrisTheDragon Sat 03-Oct-09 16:48:52

Our cat has weed in unfortunate places during the 9 years we have had her. We are all fine. Although I sympathise as cat wee smells yuck.

DrNortherner Sat 03-Oct-09 17:56:27

You also said the cat is on ebay, she is lucky she is not in the bath with teh toys,its put me right off having cats, and called her a pain in teh ass cat.

I'd rather be in a rescue shelter tbh.

FabBakerGirlHasHadEnough Sat 03-Oct-09 18:00:43

If you thought they were suitable.

OMG.

itsmeolord Sat 03-Oct-09 18:14:13

oh leave the op alone. I've said I'll put the cat on ebay before when it had pooed in the middle of the kitchen floor and I've stood in it.

I've also said she has put me off having cats and called her a pain in the arse.

Doesn't mean I don't want her or that I'm a bad owner.
It just mean I was temporarily pissed off with the "present" that I had found. Or temporarily pissed off with the ripped shirt she used as a scratch post etc etc.

Kerrymumbles Sat 03-Oct-09 18:19:58

rat piss is the thing you'd be worried about. quite a nasty disease carried in that. it's on the tip of my brain but can't quite remember

itsmeolord Sat 03-Oct-09 18:23:39

Weils Disease Kerrymumbles. It's near the top of the thread love. grin

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