If you are touching or placing your mouth on your dish wear, or any cooking implement such as a “tasting spoon,” that item needs to be washed in hot soapy water or placed in the dishwasher. Same goes for any cooking implement that is coming in contact with raw meat.
6. Myth: Cats (and other pets) on counters and tables are perfectly fine.
Fact: We’ve all seen those mugs and T-shirts extolling the happy acceptance of pet hair in food because the owner loves their dogs and cats so very much. Cats and dogs are pretty smart. They are easily trained to not go onto counters and tables. I have known numerous people who have seen no problem with pets on the counters. There are reasons why humans aren’t allowed to even enter restaurants with no shoes or shirt.
Your pets walk through all manner of things such as kitty litter boxes. Pets drop hair, and potentially worms or other nasties. If your pets have been on your tables and counters, use a mild bleach solution to clean up before preparing food.
Yes, most of us will survive ingesting some unhealthy bacteria. I have one acquaintance who insists, “We all have to eat a pound of dirt before we die.” Nor do I suggest going crazy with cleaning. However, most of us can improve on our cleaning habits.