Buttercup, a Florida cat whose red blood cell count had fallen to dangerously low levels, received a transfusion of canine blood that save her life. Buttercup’s veterinarians didn’t have ready access to feline blood, and time was of the essences. Cross-species transfusions are a risky procedure. “You can’t give type A blood to a type B blood cat because it’ll cause a severe immune reaction,” said Dr. Sean Perry, who performed the procedure at Marathon Veterinary Hospital in Florida.”It was actually safer to give the cat dog’s blood.” Buttercup came through the rare procedure without any problems and has made a full recovery. Read the full story on The Daily Mail.
If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we interviewed feline veterinarian Dr. Gary Norsworthy, on Tuesday, we celebrated the launch of the new book by Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin by offering up three autographed copies (there’s still time to enter!), on Wednesday we reviewed printable pet planners that can help you keep your cat’s records organized, and on Friday, we reviewed Lola: A Diary of a Rescued Cat by Dawn White. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a Feather Whirl™ toy for your cats!
The kitty in today’s video seems to have a strange fascination with the vacuum cleaner. I don’t know about your kitties, but Allegra and Ruby have a rather adversarial relationship with ours!
Have a great weekend!
Photo of Buttercup via the Daily Mail