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Feline Blood Transfusion

Our cat may need a thromocytes transfusion in the next days, due to having suffered a severe bite wound. The vet asked us to find a donor cat in case the transfusion is needed.

Is anyone familiar with finding donor cats, who may be able to come to the Tierspital Zürich and donate blood next week?

We have already talked to the Tierspital Zürich and Aarau, but without luck. (The cat is in treatment at Tierspital ZH, but they said they cannot provide thrombocytes, while the Tierspital Aarau asked us to bring our cat to them, which is out of question)

Any pointers are highly appreciated.
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Old 26.06.2020, 19:46
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Re: Feline Blood Transfusion

I don't have a cat, but just to get things rolling, could you confirm if the following still are the criteria for cat blood donation? (My info is from years ago, so perhaps not current.)

Cats:
1-15 years old
4kg or more
vaccinations up to date, wormed in last three (or is it six?) months, not on meds at present.
Tolerant of handling

Are any other criteria needed, or must be excluded, in your case?

If someone can donate but transportation is a problem, can you help with that?

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Hopefully one of the EF cat owners will be able to help or spread the word to people who might be able to help.

Are you a member of any cat-oriented FB groups? As much as I hate FB for AW work, this is one situation where you could cast a wider net and likely get a more timely response.

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I'm sorry to hear that your cat is in a bad way, and truly hope a solution can quickly be found.
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Old 26.06.2020, 19:55
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Re: Feline Blood Transfusion

Thank you meloncolie, we hope things will work out.

I am not on any FB groups on cats. Would truly appreciate recommendations.

The criteria according to the vet are:

same blood type - cat is type A
vaccinated
weights at least 4-5 kg
is under 8 years old
cat should not have had blood transfusion
cat should not be under medication on day of transfusion

Thank you.
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Old 27.06.2020, 13:37
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Re: Feline Blood Transfusion

Any luck finding a donor yet, Ioana?

I remember some years ago when a dog in our Verein needed a blood transfusion the owners contacted the relevant SKG breed club, who put a call out to it's members and a suitable donor was found. That might be an approach to use if you are still looking for a donor.

Again - I know very little about cats, but just googling around I found this with a link to a couple cat breed clubs. Maybe you could contact the clubs to see if they might have a mechanism to spread the word.

https://www.katzenclub.ch/unsere-rasseclubs/

There must be more cat breed clubs - hopefully an EFer involved in the kitty world will come along soon.


Also - do cat owners generally know their cat's blood type?

(I ask because I have just realized that I do not know my dogs' blood types...)

If a potential donor does not know their cat's blood type, do you know if the Tierspital would accept donors with an unknown type and then do blood typing at the time of donation? (Those not matching might be able to help another cat...) Or should a blood type test be done prior to offering to be a donor?

All paws here crossed that a suitable donor is found.
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Re: Feline Blood Transfusion

Thank you meloncollie. We are waiting for the blood results on Monday to see if our cat requires the transfusion.

So far we have not found anyone.

We will try to contact a cat club, as you suggested. 



I do not expect that most owners are aware of their cat’s blood type. However, the vast majority of cats are Type A.

In any case, the Tierspital would do a blood test, and further tests to ensure the cat is healthy enough to be a donor and that the cat is a good match.

Appreciate your well wishes.
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Hi there - I don't know his blood type but am happy to volunteer my cat to donate. He's young, healthy, and meets the weight requirement.
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That's really kind of you, Kittster!

I sent a message to someone with cats in CH, and they replied with a suggestion to contact local animal shelters, as the cats there will have been tested for blood type and various other things upon entry.
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That's really kind of you, Kittster!

I sent a message to someone with cats in CH, and they replied with a suggestion to contact local animal shelters, as the cats there will have been tested for blood type and various other things upon entry.
I helped with this sort of thing before, bringing a friend's cat to the Tierspital to be a donor. It really is not such a big deal but could make a huge difference to someone's beloved pet, so of course I'll help if I can.

ETA: My floof is a purebred Norwegian Forest Cat, which are apparently exclusively Type A, so he may be a good fit. I take no responsibility for any sass that gets transmitted though, he is quite the character!

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It really is not such a big deal but could make a huge difference to someone's beloved pet, so of course I'll help if I can.
You are a star, Kittster.
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Re: Feline Blood Transfusion

There are no words to express how grateful we are to Kittster and her cat.

Our cat is currently undergoing another surgery. The plan is that following surgery, the transfusion will take place. Here's hoping everything goes smoothly for both.

Thank you to Kittster and your lovely cat. Thank you also to everyone on this forum for your help. We are forever thankful and will never forget the kindness shown to us during difficult times. As asked by Kittster, we will pay this kindness forward.
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You are most welcome. Fingers crossed for your beautiful boy and I think Moneypenny is enjoying the peace and quiet while Hamish is being looked after by the Tierspital until such time that they need him to donate blood. I'm sure he is flirting with everyone there as per the usual and will have a lot to say about it all when he comes back home tomorrow.
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