Did you know cats can be blood donors too?
This is Chaz who was the poorly cat that received the blood transfusion. When the vet first saw Chaz earlier this year, he was severely anaemic which means that he had a dangerously low level of red blood cells. These red blood cells are very important as they help to carry oxygen around the body which is vital for survival.
Chaz needed to have lots of tests to find our why he was so anaemic, but first we had to arrange for his blood transfusion so that he was well enough to go through all the tests. He had a blood test to check his blood group and luckily a donor cat (Brian) was found that matched his blood group. We are not allowed to store feline blood, so if a cat needs a transfusion we have to start looking for a donor cat immediately. Chaz had an ultrasound scan and some samples were taken from his spleen to check that there were no signs of cancer. He then had a general anaesthetic and a bone marrow sample was taken to try to find the reason why he was so poorly. The samples showed that he had a condition called “myelodysplasia” which means that his bone marrow isn’t working properly to produce all the types of blood cells that his body needs.
Now a few months on, Chaz is responding really well and is feeling back to his normal self. He is back to his normal bodyweight and is eating and playing as he did before he was poorly.
Chaz is still on daily medication, and is a regular visitor to Cat Clinic to have his blood tests and check ups.