Thankfully, he didn't ask too many questions. Why can't I clean the litter box? Well, there is a parasite (Toxoplasma gondii), that is sometimes excreted in cat feces that can infect a pregnant woman and be transmitted to the fetus, resulting in severe brain damage or death. But what if the cat is not infected in the first place and remains uninfected for the duration of the pregnancy? I did get myself tested prior to conception, with negative results. But when baby's health is at stake, all necessary precautions must be taken. So on the off chance that the cats could become infected during my pregnancy, dear hubby cleaned the litter box day in and day out and that's all we needed to do to stop the proliferation of this harmful parasite. Right? Let's see.
As if my cats don't lick their nether regions post bowel evacuation and then groom themselves thoroughly with the same tongue and then shed cat hair so that it is bound to be found in every possible orifice. Honestly, I will not be surprised if there is cat hair in my amniotic fluid, because part of being a cat owner is accepting that there will be cat hair everywhere.
As if my cats never have moments when they feel inspired to think outside of the box, leading me to step in their accidental deposit when I've gotten up in the middle of the night to pee, and then track it onto the bedroom carpet, leaving me to clean up that mess when I discover it in the morning because I don't want a stain to set while I wait for dear husband to come home from his morning class.
So if you ask me, I might say that it's pointless to delegate kitty waste management to someone else during pregnancy, but I'm not about to tell my darling husband. Even my vet said that if I play my cards right, I might never go back to cleaning the litter box again. It can be our little secret, pussy cats. I'm just going to wash my hands.