At our animal hospitals around the country, there is a constant need for blood donors. Today we can offer very advanced care for our cats and sometimes a blood transfusion can be the difference between life and death. Every cat that becomes a blood donor gives another cat a chance at life!
Why should my cat become a blood donor?
Being a blood donor gives both animals and humans the chance to save lives. As blood donations are a voluntary contribution from animal owners with a desire to help us save lives, no financial compensation is paid. Our blood donors instead receive compensation in the form of an annual health examination, regular blood test and vaccination.
Can my cat become a blood donor?
Yes, but there are certain criteria that must be met (the criteria may differ to some extent locally). In order for your cat to be allowed to donate blood, it must:
- Have a stable and calm temperament
- Be between 1 and 4 years old when it starts to bleed
- Weigh at least 4.5 kg, without being overweight
- Kept like an indoor cat
- Be healthy without regular medication
- Have not had antibodies to FeLV or FIV
- Not having received a blood transfusion
- Not intended as a breeding tax and must not have been pregnant before
- Be vaccinated and dewormed
Most cats do not experience any discomfort in connection with blood donation, but if the cat should be stressed by the handling, it obviously does not need to continue as a blood donor.
How does it happen?
The first step is to come up with a free health check and blood test to see if the cat is suitable as a blood donor. In connection with this or at a later time, a cardiac ultrasound examination is also performed to ensure that the cat does not suffer from any heart disease .
In the vast majority of cases, blood donation in cats is an emergency measure, ie. The donor cat loses blood in connection with a cat in urgent need of a blood transfusion. You as an animal owner will then be called and you may enter the animal hospital at short notice. In individual cases, the blood donation is made to a blood bank and for these donations a time is booked in consultation with you.
Cats that leave blood are anesthetized with a gentle anesthetic before bottling. When donating blood, a cat leaves 40-50 ml of blood from a jugular vein. After the collection, which only takes about 10 minutes, the cat is allowed to wake up in a calm environment and is then allowed to remain in the animal hospital for a few hours until it has fully recovered. During this time, they often get a drip and as soon as they are fully awake, a portion of their favorite food is served.
Our blood banks for cats
Many of our operations within AniCura may need to bring in cats that can donate blood. In addition, we also have blood banks where we often look for new blood donors. These blood banks are located in the following places in Sweden:
- Stockholm, Bagarmossen
Do you and your cat want to help other cats by letting your cat become a blood donor?
If you have a cat that meets the criteria above and you want to help us save lives, you are warmly welcome to contact us !