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Cat Blood Donation

Learn more about feline blood transfusions

Here at Pride Veterinary Centre, our vets are occasionally presented with cats that require blood transfusions. There are various reasons why cats may need a transfusion, for example trauma from an RTA causing haemorrhage, parasitic diseases, immune-mediated conditions and cancer.

To assess how severe the cats anaemia is, we measure the Packed Cell Volume (PCV) which tells us how many red blood cells the cat has. If the PCV is below the normal range of 25-45% it means that he/she does not have enough red blood cells which are essential for transporting oxygen around the body and will therefore require a blood transfusion to help improve the cats chances of survival.  

Unfortunately, there is currently no blood bank for cats, as there is for dogs in the UK; therefore we rely on owners of cats that fit the requirements for blood donation, to volunteer their cats to donate blood and potentially save lives.  

  • Cat Donor Criteria
  • Benefits of Being a Donor
  • Blood Donation Process

Cat Donor Criteria

We are looking for cats that fit the following requirements: 

  • 1-8 years old 
  • Healthy 
  • 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!  

How to register your pet

The team at Pride Veterinary Centre are extremely grateful to all our current feline blood donors on our register and look forward to signing up new life-saving cats!

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