Human Pregnancy and Caring for Ratties

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  1. Aug 7, 2011 #1

    AshleyRayeRats

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    Hello All!

    It has been a while since I have posted, my husband lost one job and gained another AND we moved into a new house across town.
    In other news, we will be welcoming our first two-legged baby this spring.

    My question to those out there who have been pregnant while caring for rats:

    Are there any special precautions I should take in terms of cleaning or handling?

    My mother is paranoid and read something about a "LCMV" infection that rodents can carry; I think it's something that is generally a concern with just wild rats, but I would like to ease my mom's mind. Any advice would help!!
     
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    Oh gosh, I don't know a thing, but I'd love to hear others' advice too! Kids for the hubby and I aren't in the plans quite yet, but my super paranoid mother has made it abundantly clear that my rodents will have to go "for the sake of the baby" if I ever get pregnant.
     
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    Here's what I found after a quick Google search:

    http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/pregnancy_gat ... -LCMV.html

    http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/lcmv_rodents.htm

    (pdf) http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=w ... Cg&cad=rja
    So, on the one hand it sounds pretty scary if you become infected, but on the other hand it sounds pretty darn rare. The first two (CDC) don't mention rats at all, and the last one does say that rats are less likely to transmit it, but it's pretty vague and I know nothing about the source.
     
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    It doesn't sound like it affects rats at all.
     
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    Forum members have been pregnant and had children without any problems re their pet rats ....
     
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    Awesome! Yeah, everything I have read seems to pertain more to hamsters/mice. I have been wearing gloves when I deep clean their cage, just to be on the safe side. I love my rat babies and believe me, I would never, ever give them up. It sounds like everything is gonna be just fine! My baby is going to have so many furry brothers and sisters (and a couple nakees)! :dance:
     
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    I'm 18 weeks (and a friggin' landwhale) and I still play with the rats and clean their cage.
    I do always use gloves though, always have.

    So far I haven't died.
     
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    One of our mods have had rats all though out her pregnancy and beyond and had no issues and found no issues either.
    Congrats btw.
     
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    I can't wait to be a landwhale . . . I'm too early to show, but feel like crap. . . at least once I have a prego belly people will feel more sorry for me.
     
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    And you will HATE LIFE.
    Seriously.
    I pray to god I won't get much bigger cuz I'm fairly certain I'll explode.
     
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    Hii
    As you are pregnant so I would suggest not to carry rats along with you since they spread diseases.
     
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    Mario, please don't dig up old threads without having anything valuable to contribute. Having rats and being pregnant is just fine.
     
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