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Do you wash your hands after touching the cat?

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Poll: Do you wash your hands after touching cat?

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Yes
 
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No
 
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Do you wash your hands after touching the cat?

When ever I've had dogs (family or petsit) in the past (and into he future if ever), I always would wash my hands before eating and cooking. With cats, well, not so much. So the question for cat owners is, do you wash your hands before preparing food or eating?
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If I'm preparing food or eating with my hands, then yes. If I'm just eating prepared food with a fork/spoon then no.
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notenoughsleep wrote:
Aug 15th, 2019 5:17 pm
If I'm preparing food or eating with my hands, then yes. If I'm just eating prepared food with a fork/spoon then no.
You're better than most people I know who have cats.

My wife reminded me that the cats probably wish we washed our hands before touching them.
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notenoughsleep wrote:
Aug 15th, 2019 5:17 pm
If I'm preparing food or eating with my hands, then yes. If I'm just eating prepared food with a fork/spoon then no.
Same. So I guess the cat part isn't really relevant to me - if I would usually wash my hands before doing an activity, I wash my hands (eating, making food, taking medicine, putting a band-aid on etc.). If not, then I don't. So I wouldn't say I deliberately choose to wash my hands just because I touched a cat.
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no but my cat cleans and grooms himself when I touch him. Smiling Face With Open Mouth And Smiling Eyes
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When I come home from work I always wash my hands before touching it. I do wash my hands before food prep but not because of the cat, more out of general hygiene. If I am home all day I touch my cats hundreds of times and don't wash my hands in between, they are probably cleaner than I am.

Now...if it wasn't my cat, I always wash my hands shortly after before even touching my face or anything. Dunno, as far as I am concerned my cats are the best and cleanest cats, and every other cat isn't :D haha. Dogs are even worse, I don't like dogs and whenever I go to my friends place and the dog wants me to play with their throw toy covered in slob.....I need to wash my hands asap!
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I said no then read the actual question haha.

I don't care what I'm doing, if I'm preparing food I wash my hands. The cat does not enter into the equation... I'm not sure why this question involves a cat at all really. Cats are much cleaner than the door handle you touch walking into your kitchen.
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Wash your hands before anything questionable - eating, preparing food, going to the washroom, smoking, working outside, etc. Pets should not even enter into the equation - there are much worse bacterias being passed around.
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The old rule...
If your hand is going to touch your face... or touch anything going to your face ... or someone else’s face (like food, eye drops, etc)
Then it is best done with CLEAN Hands

So no I don’t wash my hands immediately after touching a pet

BUT I certainly do if I am going to cook / eat anything
In fact while preparing food, I will wash my hands several times throughout the process
And we use Paper Towels to dry our hands / turn off the faucets in the kitchen as well

Cloth / Hand Towels ... they are only ever used in the bathroom

And that’s another thing, everyone should always wash their hands after using the loo
But studies show strangely ... that not enough folks do

Here’s the CDC website on proper hand washing ... it’s a good read ... point of reference
https://www.cdc.gov/features/handwashing/index.html
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The only time I think of washing my hands at all after touching my cats is if I'm touching something unsanitary like poop on their fur that I have to clean off. Something like that. Otherwise the only cleaning that gets done is in the opposite direction -- one of our cats can't wait to start washing if I have the nerve to touch her when I have hand cream on my hands haha.
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TheHans wrote:
Aug 24th, 2019 5:10 pm
The only time I think of washing my hands at all after touching my cats is if I'm touching something unsanitary like poop on their fur that I have to clean off. Something like that.
That's exactly what I was leading to. I wash my hands before prepping food but one of the cats (ragdoll) likes to roll over and have his belly rubbed.
bluenose2 wrote:
Aug 15th, 2019 9:00 pm
no but my cat cleans and grooms himself when I touch him. Smiling Face With Open Mouth And Smiling Eyes
TheHans wrote:
Aug 24th, 2019 5:10 pm
Otherwise the only cleaning that gets done is in the opposite direction -- one of our cats can't wait to start washing if I have the nerve to touch her when I have hand cream on my hands haha.
The standard cat reaction, "Don't touch me with your filthy human hands!"
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Ok, now that we know if you wash your hands after touching the cat, the real question is do you wash your hands after doing #1 and #2? ;)
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stupidest thing i've seen asked on this forum in a while

why would u need to wash your hands after petting a cat unless it licks your hand ?

most of you guys who have pets kiss your dogs and cats in the mouth and let them lick your lips and your tongue. i see ppl on the TTC and subways lick their dog's tongues with their own tongue etc .

yet you're here asking if you wash your hands after touching a cat.


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