Cat Donor Criteria
We are looking for cats that fit the following requirements:
- 1-8 years old
- Over 4kg bodyweight
- Fully Vaccinated
- Up to date on flea and worm treatment
- Good temperament
- Not pregnant
- Not on any medications
- Not donated blood in previous 3 months
If your cat fits these criteria and could save a life, please contact Pride Veterinary Centre and ask to speak to an internal medicine nurse!
Benefits of Being a Donor
The benefits of volunteering to be a feline blood donor:
- Free health check from a vet
- Free general health blood test
- Free testing for FIV/FeLV
- Free blood typing
- A goodie bag including toys and vouchers
- Saving another cats life!
Blood Donation Process
The process of feline blood donation
1) Anaemic cats can be presented to us at any point, therefore we may need call the owners of volunteer feline blood donors on weekends or in the evenings etc, to ask if they are available to come to Pride Veterinary Centre to donate blood.
2) All donor cats receive a blood test to ensure they are healthy, FIV/FeLV negative and to establish their blood type. Cats have 3 blood types, A, B and AB (rare) and its vital that the blood types of the donor and recipient cats are the same to reduce any risk of a transfusion reaction.
3) If the blood results are all satisfactory, a nurse is designated to caring for the donor cat during the whole process to ensure they receive the highest standard of care, in line with the gold standard cat friendly hospital status Pride has from the ISFM.
4) The donor cat is given a mild sedation for the blood collection procedure to reduce the risk of stress to the cat and to ensure it goes smoothly.
5) The amount of blood that can be safely donated by the cat is calculated by the vet and then taken by the team of skilled medicine nurses.
6) All donor cats are placed on a drip after donating blood to ensure that the fluid volume is replaced and they recover well from the sedation.
7) Once the vet is happy that the donor cat has recovered well, it can then go home with a goodie bag, having hopefully saved a life!