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What is Anemia?

Anemia is the term veterinarians use to describe a reduction of red blood cells in the feline’s circulatory system. Red blood cells, known as erythrocytes, are equipped with a special iron containing molecule known as hemoglobin. This special molecule is what allows the red blood cells to pick up oxygen from the lungs and carry it to the body’s various organs. When the red blood cells are low in quantity, the feline begins developing symptoms related to a low oxygen supply, including difficulties in breathing. Anemia can be the result of disease, hormone abnormalities, bone marrow abnormalities, nutrition, or toxicity. 

Symptoms of Anemia in Cats

Red blood cells carry oxygen and nutrients to the body, therefore a decreased level of these red blood cells cause clinical signs associated with these deficiencies including: 

  • Exercise intolerance
  • Lethargy 
  • Decreased appetite 
  • Pale mucous membranes (gums)
  • Jaundice: yellowing of the mucus membranes and inside the ears
  • Pica: craving and consumption of inappropriate elements 
  • Tachycardia: increased heart rate 
  • Tachypnoea: increased respiratory rate 
  • Weakness

Types 

Anemia in cats is classified as either regenerative or non-regenerative. 

Regenerative Anemia 

In regenerative anemia, the feline’s bone marrow responds to the decreased level of circulating red blood cells by increasing erythrocyte production. Cases of red blood cell destruction and bleeding are usually classified as regenerative. 

Non-regenerative Anemia

In non-regenerative anemia, the feline’s bone marrow does not respond to the low level of red blood cells and does not produce new hemoglobin cells. Abnormalities of bone marrow and a decrease in the hormone that stimulates the production of erythrocytes are often classified as non-regenerative anemia. 

Causes of Anemia in Cats

Causes of regenerative anemia include:

  • Hypophosphatemia: blood phosphate deficiency common in diabetic cats. 
  • Neonatal Isoerythrolysis: immunologic newborn cat disease. 
  • Inherited red blood cell disorders (common in Somali and Abyssinian cat breeds)
  • Infections (viruses, bacteria and other infectious organisms such as feline immunodeficiency virus and feline leukemia)
  • Toxins, such as metals, chemicals, foods (e.g. onions, fava beans), plants 
  • Human medications, such as acetaminophen and aspirin 

Causes of non-regenerative anemia include: 

  • Myelofibrosis: disease that leads to enlargement of the liver and spleen.
  • Myelodysplasia: disorder of the bone marrow 
  • Primary Leukemia: a type of white blood cell cancer 
  • Pure Cell Aplasia: severe reduction of red blood cells only linked to viral infection
  • Aplastic Anemia: a disorder in which the bone marrow loses its ability to grow new blood cells. 
  • Anemia of Chronic Disease: anemia is the result of a long-term inflammatory infection, hyperthyroidism, hormonal disorder or tumor. 
  • Nutritional deficiencies (iron deficiency) 

Diagnosis of Anemia in Cats

Anemia in cats can be diagnosed through a review of your cat’s medical history, a physical exam, routine diagnostic tests, and through the consultation with the cat owner. The veterinarian will want to conduct a differential diagnosis on your cat to eliminate the possibility of ingestion of a toxic substance, infection, and organ failure, which commonly causes anemia. A urinalysis and blood work are likely tests to further diagnose a feline with suspected anemia.

CBC Complete Blood Cell Count

A complete blood cell count measures the levels of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, which provides important information to the veterinarian. 

PCV Packed Cell Volume or Hematocrit

Measures the percentage of blood volume occupied by erythrocytes, which provides important information regarding the blood’s ability to carry oxygen. 

Blood Smear

A blood smear is a test performed to identify blood cell abnormalities, revealing irregularities in size and shape. 

Bone Marrow Aspirate Biopsy

The act of using a fine needle to take bone marrow from inside the bones for observation. 

Treatment of Anemia in Cats

If the feline is in a severe stage of anemia, the veterinarian may request a blood transfusion to stabilize the cat before treating the underlying cause for the low red blood cell levels. The feline will need to have a blood test conducted before receiving the blood transfusion, as the incorrect blood type could result in adverse reactions. A donor or supply will be located, and infusions will take place while in hospital care. 

If the anemia is caused by an infection, toxic substance, organ failure, hormone deficiency, nutrient deficiency, or feline viral infection, the veterinarian will prescribe treatment based on the specific cause. 

Recovery of Anemia in Cats

Felines that have received blood transfusions may be hospitalized for a few days depending on the severity of the condition. Non-regenerative anemia feline cases will require continuous treatment and veterinary follow-up appointments to balance the number of circulating red blood cells, preventing a life-threatening anemic condition. Regenerative anemia cases will return to normal in most cases as soon as the underlying condition is addressed and treated.

Anemia Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Muffin
Ragdoll
7 Years
Critical condition
1 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Fever
Lethargy
anaemia
lack of appetite

My ragdoll currently suffers from anaemia, RBC count of 13.8 as of Sunday morning. His RBC count was 19.2 on Friday night. He did an x-ray and ultrascan. Ruled out kidneys, cancers and tumors. There is no internal bleeding as well. The doctor suspects blood parasites or IMHA. We have been looking for a blood donor but unfortunately his blood type is B and it is extremely hard to find cats / cat owners from where I am. We found a compatible cat yesterday night but it was too fat and they couldn't find its veins. The doctor gave him a steroid jab yesterday. Sunday he was given Cefovecin 80mg, Darbepoetin Alfa 20ug and Enroflaxacin 50mg. He is also on doxycycline and another for blood parasite. He has a fever of 39.6 now.
Is there anything else I can give him to help his bone marrow produce blood faster?

Sorry to hear this. We are going through the same thing but our cat is type AB. We had to go to three different vet hospitals yesterday and last night to find a match. Cost was $1000.

How mch does it cost for a blood transfusion

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Sunshine
Cat
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Eating less, sleeping more

My cat is 11 and I took him to the vets for his yearly exam. He had a slight heart murmur and we followed up with a complete blood work. My vet called and said my cat had anemia and most likely cancer. He said we could do a blood transfusion but still wouldn't know the underlying problems and it may not help. I asked about medications and he said there were none. He told me to watch him and monitor what he eats and if he begins to slip I'll have to say goodbye.

I think you need to get a 2nd vet opinion as this vet didn't give you very many treatment options. Quite unhelpful really.

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Moosh
Persian Cat
10 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Licking floors

My cat began licking floors about a week ago, and I noticed she became lethargic. I took her into the doctor and they said she had a heart murmur caused by severe anemia. She was in the doctor's office about a month ago and had her blood work done--- all positive. Now they're saying she needs a blood transfusion in the next 12 hours. I'm so upset, confused, and scared for my little kitten. What happened? Will she survive?

Hi Janet, how is your cat doing now? Prayers and positive thoughts to you.

Hi Janet, how is your cat doing now? Did he respond to the steroids. Positive thoughts to you.

Our cat was also licking the bricks of our house and our outdoor deck, by the way. Very suddenly too. Apparently that is a big sign of anemia.

So sorry to hear this, we are in the same unfortunate position. Our cat’s PCV fell from 19 on Wednesday to 14 Friday and 9 Saturday. We finally got her a transfusion and got it back up to 13. But if she doesn’t start eating soon and responding to the steroids, we will have to say goodbye. Such a cruel and difficult situation. She was fine on Monday. But as one of the docs said, she appeared fine. Cats are great at hiding illness.

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Milo
Cat
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness, struggle breathing

My cat Milo firstly began to act really strange not eating or drinking I thought he was just a little bit sick but then he began to start being lazy like laying down in the middle of the kitchen floor and he didn’t really do that normally so we took him to the vets and they said he had anemia and he could need a blood transfusion if it’s severe but a couple of days later they said my cat was showing improvement and can come home, he was home for about a night and went down hill again because when he woke up he went to hide under my furniture then 2 hours later he layed on the floor with his tounge hanging out and couldn’t breath my mum took him straight back to the vets and now the vets are looking to put him down if he doesn’t develop over night what should I do I’m so heart broken :(((

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Lia
Siamese
6 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid breathing
Inappitance
Fluid in stomach
Weakness
Fast Breathing
Rapid heart rate
Anemia

Medication Used

Prednisolone

My cat stopped eating and was very hidden and refused to come out of hiding , even upon bribery. I took her to the vet hospital and she had a red blood cell count of 7. They did 2 transfusions as well as an ultrasound of the belly and testing for infectious diseases. They prescribed prednisolone and she got better for a few days. We visited the vet again and rbc count was down from 15 to 7 again. They established that it is an immune mediated non regenerative anemia. It’s been a week since diagnosis. She did have a Convenia shot a month ago.

Exact same thing happened to my 1 and 1/2 yr. old day after convenia shot. Almost died,had 2 blood transfusions. Bounced back but now 3 months later having relapse.Probably won't make it. Notify company who makes convenia and tell them what happened shortly after shot. They do take this seriously and want to know if cat could have possibly had reaction to shot.

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Sabastion
Siamese
13 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

red blood cell count
Lethargy

I lost my baby today, I had him from a kitten to new 13 years later. This past Thanksgiving he had an attack of some kind. He was giving his very loud distress meow. When I got to him his breathing was very rapid
I got him calmed down and he went to sleep, I had no way of getting him to the animal E.R after several hours he was up and moving around and he seemed ok until today 12/6

He was fine at first he ate drank and played like normal then about 2-3 hours later he had another attack but this time his breathing was normal I got him calmed down and made arrangements to get him to the E.R

The Dr examined him and found that his gums were pale and he temperature was low The Dr could not feel anything out of place in his abdomen and decided to check his blood

The only thing she could find was his red blood cell count was very low and without a transfusion and more test's that I just could not afford his prognosis was not good so it would be better to let him go and end his suffering.

I’m so sorry to hear this please look into pet insurance when and if you get another companion this can be the financial support to save your cats life. Vet care is not cheap and the last thing you need to worry about is finances in these instances. Sorry for your loss :(

I came looking for answers to my questions regarding the same thing your cat passed from, because unfortunately today, my Jag received the same diagnosis, and I too had to say goodbye. I'm sorry for your loss.

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seth
American Short Hair
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lack Of Appetite hair loss
lack of appetite
Lack Of Appetite white gums

My cat Seth lost his appetite around weds evening of last week, he was fine monday and tues and early weds. I woke up to him laying on the bathroom floor, he never does this. my other to cats do but not seth. I knew some was wrong on thursda. I made an appointment for yesterday, got to the vets early and all they did was blood work. it came back that he has Anemia, his red blood cell is low but the vet told me its not so low that he cant make a full recovery, at first she had thought he had eaten a rat or a mouse who had gotta a hold of some poison then she said that the anemia can be caused by anything really. she asked me if we should just let him die or do i want him to be treated. this cat is like my son. hes getting treated. she has him on predisolon and in Norwegian called Konakion, 10 mg each pill, i was told give him the pills once a day, because hes already been given a dose of each. he improved within a few hours, hes now drinking water on his own and hes eating but not as much as he normally does. Im still worried and i wont rule out him needing a blood transfusion yet.

Well we had to take our cat for a transfusion yesterday. The donor cat at our vet wasn’t able to give enough blood, so we had to go to a Vet ER. Our Kitty has type AB and was not a match for the two bags of cat blood they had. We found another ER with multiple bags of cat blood and had a match. Loooong day and night. Still not sure if we are out of the woods, she isn’t eating, but seems hungry.

Hi Seth! How is your cat now? Just went through this EXACT thing today. I have prescriptions for prednisolone and doxycycline for the cat and am hoping she will bounce back quickly. This came on her so fast!

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Neytiri
Bombay
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Hi. I have a 2.5 year old cat who started acting a little strange when I had my (now) 2 year old son. At first, I thought it was normal for a cat to be acting different when there is any changes in a home, and as my son gets older... and faster... stress has become an even larger factor than before. (I try to keep them apart as much as possible.) But for the past half year or so... more symptoms have been appearing— licking everything, eating cat liter, lethargic, pooping and peeing in places other than her liter box, increase and then decrease in appetite, weight loss, unhealthy coat, etc. She also looks very bloated in her stomach and then very thin towards her back legs. I took her to the vet about two months ago, and they gave her an X-ray, and determined that she was so backed up and decided to give her an edema— and also a pack of three tablets called onsior (robenacoxib) which I gave to her as soon as we got home. I noticed changes in her behavior immediately and figured that she was feeling much better from emptying her bowels some. But now, here we are, two months later... and she is still pooping and peeing in places other than her box, licking everything, lethargic, acting depressed, light shivers... I took her to the vet and she had a fever of 103.6, and also a strong heart murmur scaled as a 3/4 on the 1-6 scale. She had lost weight since the previous vet visit (which she was underweight for); she is a very small cat, but now only weighs 6.6 lbs. She also prescribed the same three pills that she gave on our previous vet visit, which I gave to her immediately when we got home from the appointment. I noticed she showed improvement after giving her this medication. After the blood tests came back the next day, the vet called me and told me that my cat was severely anemic and needed to go to an ER immediately for a blood transfusion?! She was at a 7%. She told me that everything else was normal... no infections, parasites, organs working properly, white blood cell count was normal, etc. She also told me that if I don’t decide to do a blood transfusion, then she recommends euthanizing her. My cat is like my child, so as you can imagine, I was heartbroken and am struggling with finances as is. She told me that this transfusion could possibly not even work, that she would need MANY, would be on medication for the rest of her life, and the expenses would be a ridiculous amount. We were leaning towards the decision to take her to the vet to be euthanized, but were having a hard time believing that her red blood cell count could be that low if she was still eating and drinking, going crazy over treats, going up and down stairs to use liter box, etc. We have decided to wait it out overnight and get a second opinion in the morning. We have since given her her second dose of medication, and she is currently acting like nothing is even wrong. I know she is sick; my question is... with what? Is there any chance that this test could have been wrong? If a cats red blood cell count is THIS low, would she still have energy to go up and down steps, etc.? She seems to be feeling much better after taking this medication, so my hope is that she is misdiagnosed and there is another way to heal her other than a blood transfusion. She also hates having her lower back touched, but has been this way ever since we brought her into our home.

Hi, to allee those kittie suffering with anemia, ask your vet about Epogen injections, they are administered two days apart and help kickstart blood cell reproduction, also try a product called miracle vet, high calorie supplement for cats and dogs, it's a life saver...blue N black print on the bottle round cylinder shape... the injections cost me 50.00 each...well worth it! Good luck and God bless Joe

Our cat situation was a bit similar. Her blood fell from 19 on Wednesday to 14 on Friday and 9 on Saturday. We got her a transfusion Saturday overnight and she slept most of yesterday. We just took her in for recheck and she is holding at 13.6. It may be that the steroids are finally kicking in, they think she has IMHA and apparently it takes 5-7 days for the steroids to start working. That being said, we are nowhere near out of the woods and the transfusion was $1000.

One bit of advice, if you do take Neytiri for a transfusion, be sure to find a place with multiple bags of cat blood. We had to check our Pickles in and out of three different hospitals this weekend because the first two only had one or two bags of blood and she “reacted negatively” to those. Last hospital had multiple bags of blood and we had a match. She is also rare type AB blood. Good luck, I know how hard this is!

Also, I meant to type ‘severe condition’. Please help.

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Endo
Standard Short
5 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

Nearly 5 yr old DSH baby boy. He has a brother, both adopted, full shots/rabies, and always healthy. 6 months ago my cat showed signs of lethargy, wasn't his playful self, stopped eating, and withdrew. I took him to the ER, they heard a heart murmur and misdiagnosed him. Next morning at the ER I was told he was showing signs of anemia but they did not know the underlying cause. He had no severe trauma or blood loss, and he is quite young. I immediately went to my cat Dr who ran his PCV which was alarmingly low at 5%, so I rushed him to another ER to receive a transfusion (type A). When we arrived, he was so weak he collapsed on the table, so no pre-exam. The transfusion increased his PCV to 11% (I had them calling every hour) and around 1am, a second transfusion was recommended. The second only increased his PCV to 15%, but when I checked on him, there was already a noticeable difference so nearly $3k later, I discharged him. They would have kept him longer, but there was no need. I kept up on his regiment of antibiotics (because we didn't know the cause) and steroids. One week later, PCV rose to 22%, and one month later, long after I stopped the steroids, he was at 33%! Miracle cat, right? I assumed it was an infection and he could in fact produce his own red blood cells.

Now, 3 months later out of nowhere, he is showing the signs. I took him to the cat Dr today and his PCV dropped to 5-7%. I asked for antibiotics and steroids right away, his weight is still at 13.2 (it had dropped to 11lbs prior to transfusion). Today, I was given 3 options: another transfusion (which may not work), antibiotics and steroids (a "hail mary" as Dr put it), or termination.

Please help if you can! I have never written on a board anywhere, but based on what I've read as I rush out the door to get his meds, I'm hoping the details of this will help others. I have a healthy 15 year old so this is very frustrating. I accepted he may need steroids for life, I signed the DNR for the first transfusion (prepare yourself for that moment), but now I'm not sure what to do. Any advice, please let me know. Any questions, I'm happy to help, thanks everyone.

Hi I was wondering if your car is still alive? Similar thing is happening to my cat he is 3 years old, he’s had 2 blood transfusion, and they have not worked, vets now say he has a rare form of lukemia

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Shadow
Bombay
16 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Low Temperature
lathargy
Not eating food
eating litter

Medication Used

amiltripiline

In mid February my best buddy, Shadow, starting acting weird...kind of like he was drunk and getting stuck in corners.

We took him into the vet, and got blood work done. Dr. indicated that Shadow had early kidney disease and prescribed a diet food. We took him home, then I noticed that Shadow was not eating, got worried and took him back to the vet. This time, the Dr. noticed him walking in circles. I said that he had been doing that for a long time and thought it was just a weird quirk. Dr. said that he may have a brain tumor or dementia so prescribed some meds (steroids/ antidepressants).

Shadow got better over the next couple of months, so we were hoping it was dementia.  Just a couple of weeks ago, he was even nearly back to his old self again, then last week things got worse when I noticed him eating cat litter.  It was clumping litter too, which can cause intestinal obstructions. The next couple of days he got a lot worse and eventually stopped eating and could barely walk, or stand up on his own. I took him in to the vet on Friday morning hoping it was an obstruction that could be resolved by an enema, unfortunately the labs and xray told another story.
He was sick, very sick. Dr. said that he had extreme anemia (rbc was 4.04), extreme blood infection, very high wbc (41.8), abdominal fluid in his intestines, and the lowest glucose the he had ever seen (12). He recommended that we put him to sleep, and I agreed after seeing his labs and xray. I just couldn't bear to have him suffer anymore, and knew it was time to say goodbye....my buddy knew it as well. No official diagnosis, however the Dr. feels that he had cancer.

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Chip
Unknown
3 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Tired, pale,

My cat is 3 years old and just got diagnosed with Erythroleukemia, I can’t find anything of this type of lukemia, my cat is still extremely anemic and already had 2 blood transfusions. He is still eating and drinking. Has anyone had anything similar happen to there cat?

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Carmella
Short hair domestic
4 Years
Serious condition
3 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

Anemia. She was at an ER clinic. I paid for a blood transfusion but they finally said they had no blood. I had 3 other cats at home (all still alive & healthy). Could they not have used blood from another cat since they had none? She was put down the next day. I was never given an explanation. Costs $3,000.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that you lost Carmella. Without knowing more details about her situation and the cause of her anemia, it is hard for me to comment on what might have happened. They would have been able to use blood from another cat, once they tested that cat for infectious disease and blood type. Cats have different blood types, and some transfusions are fatal, so there has to be care taken when transfusing cat blood. It certainly is reasonable to follow up with the veterinarian that was taking care of her and ask questions as to what might have happened, and I would assume that you were not charged for a transfusion that did not happen. Again, I am very sorry for your loss.

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Mango
Siamese
1 Year
Serious condition
3 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting, dieherya
Vomiting, diarrhea, blood loss

Hi, my friends cat was determined to have anemia (10 reading) and was bleeding so we took her to a hospital. However the first hospital we took her to did not do a blood transfusion, just gave her plasma to stop the bleeding. They said that a blood transfusion may not help, and instructed us to take the cat to a specialist. However, I am wondering why they waited a whole day before attempting a transfusion when the red blood cells were determined to be low? It seems like the first response after a low red blood cell count is a transfusion. However I am not a doctor. Am I to focused on getting a transfusion VS finding out the underlying cause. I’m only asking because it seems like time is ticking quickly and we haven’t made any progress at all.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It really depends on the cause of the anaemia, if the cause is due to red blood cell destruction from an infection, parasites, autoimmune disease or poisoning it would not be beneficial to get red blood cells in some instances due to being back at square one again after a few hours or a day. Each case is different and the decision to do a whole blood transfusion or plasma transfusion is at your Veterinarian’s discretion. Typically anaemia has three main causes: increase in destruction (infections, parasites, poisoning, autoimmune disease); decrease in production (bone marrow disorders, kidney failure) or increase in loss (bleeding, heavy parasite infestation). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Acorn
short hair
11 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Subnormal body temperature
Severe dehydration
Anti-social behavior
Flea infestation

Medication Used

antibiotics
Steroid
Transfusions

My 11-year-old hefty (at 19-22 lbs) cat Acorn started hanging out in the basement (which we thought was because it is cooler in the basement). On Sunday, he was meowing from the catio (which is attached to the basement through a tunnel connected to a basement window. I rescued him from the catio and brought him upstairs. He seemed very disinterested, drank some water, had some crusting around his nose and I noticed he would shiver occasionally. I placed him in sunny windows, but he didn't seem happpy. We took him to the vet who told us he was severely dehydrated and had a subnormal body temperature of 94 (when it should be 101). Later that day, the vet called saying that he was severely anemic and needed a blood transfusion. His blood read was at 10 and should have been at 20. He has since had two blood transfusions which have brought his blood up to 16 (after the first) and then 17 (after the second). He wasn't eating so they asked us to come by to pet him and try to get him to eat. I sent my husband (since i am out of the area currently) with his favorite food (corn), and he ate it. I also talked to him over the phone, and he meowed and purred when he heard me. He has since had a steroid. Any ideas? How long do you think he will need to stay? They asked about feline leukemia, but i thought he would have a fever and weight loss, which he did not. He does have a bad case of fleas since the Frontline we have been using religiously is worthless. (We also have five other cats, all of which are indoor cats.) Any thoughts on what this could be or how long he will need to stay at the vet hospital???

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Oprah
Domestic long hair
4 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Increased thirst
Weight Loss
Hoarse meow
Lethargy
Increased Urination

My cat has recently (within the last 3 months) lost about two pounds and become very lethargic. Just recently I noticed her licking in her litter box. Lately she will pee in strange places. Also she is losing her voice. I have a vet appointment in two days but I just feel so confused and helpless. I have also taken the best care I her and she is still so young. What could be happening to her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Oprah it is difficult to narrow in on a specific cause for the symptoms but since she has include a hoarse meow, increase in thirst and urination, loss of weight among others I would look at the thyroid gland; but I cannot be certain at all without examining her. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Moto
Russian Blue
5 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Anemia

My cat was diagnosed with a uti, came home and she still wasnt eating. Took her back and red blood cell count was around 2 and her clotting factors were elevated. Started her on vitamin k and fluids but she still wont eat or make rbc on her own. Introduced a steroid and appetite stimulate and she is still declining. Currently her RBC is less than 1.9 and they are giving her a transfusion just so I can get up to her and say goodbye. Have I done everything I can? Feline leukemia was negative and we do not own rat poison.

Read more at: https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/anemia

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Midge
DOMESTIC
6 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

non regenerative anemia

Medication Used

amino acid

how much should it cost to treat, strictly indoors, still playful, eats up a storm, urine clear, bowel movements good.
Midge was leaving blood spots she sat so we took her to the vet.
The vet did a full blood work up, and the bladder was full of red fluid not 100% blood urine included.
The vet says the blood test showed that maybe her bone marrow is the culprit.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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What you describe can be a complicated disease to treat, and will depend on how it responds to treatment. There isn't any way that I can give you an estimate for treatment without more information. If you aren't sure of the cost that is being presented to you, it is never a bad idea to have a second opinion. I hope that everything goes well for Midge.

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Iona
angora
4 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pale Pink Gums

My four week old cat is sleeping a LOT and not as responsive to "bothering" as I normally expect with a cat. She is all white so her ears and eyes and nose area are usually pinkish in colour but now seem unnaturally pale. She is breathing and eating normally and plays with her brother aggressivly once she gets up to it. But I am concerned for her especially since she had a serious of very bad eye infections two weeks ago.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Iona I cannot say whether or not she is anaemia or has another condition; if you are noticing that she is more white and has pale gums you should visit your Veterinarian for a thorough examination and blood test. Given her young age, you should really have her checked over anyway to be on the safe side especially if she is showing signs of lethargy. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jasper
tabby
14 yrs
Critical condition
1 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness

Medication Used

Prednisolone

My cat developed pancreatitis 3 months ago and, as a result, his immune system was somehow thrown out of whack and after we cured the pancreatitis, his blood cell count began to drop!! His cells were being vigorously produced...but they were being zapped by his now confused immune system. He got critical(down to a count of 9) and we did a transfusion. He rose to 11 and then dropped to 10 a day later...so we did a second transfusion . All this time he was on a heavy dose of prednilizone only. We put him on Atopica as well after the second transfusion and he slowly recovered and responded to the Atopica and pred together. We tried him on Lukeran for a week but it didn't work. So. we don't know what caused the pancreatitis , but we think it caused the auto-immune issue. He continued to produce healthy cells and he rose to 24 after about 3 months. No one thought he would live. This cat is 14 and he was very healthy with a strong immune system! Now he is dropping to 18 and his cell production is decreasing. We just confirmed that he now has diabetes caused by 3 months of life saving pred. My question is : can diabetes in cats cause bone marrow function to produce fewer new cells?? My vet says it can. His blood sugar rose from low numbers to 12 2 weeks ago when he dropped from 24 to 20 in cell count. Now his sugar today is 14, and diabetes is confirmed. Looks to me like it is affecting production in the marrow because it showed up 2 weeks ago, right when his numbers started to fade!!! What do you think?? And , also, do you think that a hormone imbalance would cause the immune system to get "confused" as it had originally?? Please let me know what you think . Thank you !!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some cats do become diabetic with long term use of steroids, which may resolve in some cases after cessation of treatment. Cyclosporine is more effective than prednisolone in suppressing the immune system of cats with diabetes. Most probably the production of red blood cells is normal, but the red blood cells would be destroyed (haemolysis) in circulation. A blood test to determine reticulocyte counts or a bone marrow biopsy would confirm bone marrow function. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gringo
Siamese
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Anemia
Shallow Rapid Breathing

Medication Used

Doxycyclin

8 year old siamese male is anemic, had fleas just before showing signs. fleas have been removed but no improvement, is it possible he is so low on blood he isnt regenerating red blood cells or it is something else. vet had done 2 blood tests and found nothing now is telling me its probably cancer but brother says all it needs is blood transfusion. vet had given meds for parastite but came back negative

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the red blood cells are not regenerating or there is a destruction of red blood cells, a blood transfusion would only be a temporary measure and not a permanent fix. Circulating reticulocytes would give an indication of whether the anaemia is regenerative or not; also increases in other parameters may indicate if there is some cause destructing red blood cells (immune mediated haemolytic anaemia for example). An x-ray or ultrasound would be useful to look for masses in the liver, spleen or other organs which may explain a decrease in red blood cells. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Frankie
Siamese
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

increased breathing rate, lethargy.

Hello I have a 4 year Siamese, Frankie. He disappeared for 2 weeks and came back hardly able to walk, weight gone from 5.2 to 4 kilos, severly dehydrated and starved, eyes turned a vivid gree, eyes so sunken could herdly be seen, jaundice evedent. Syringe fed water and liquified food for 3 days until could get to a vet. He was improving but slowly and by then could not walk. They did blood tests. alanine aminotransferase 658, alkaline phosphtase 5. No sign of infection. Haemocrit 17.7, haemoglobin 6.4, erithrocytes 4.16. He has been on IV fluids and intensive feeding due to the lipidosis. They repeated blood works today..erythrocytes 3.52,haemoglobin 5.5,haemocrit 15.4,alanine aminotransferase 191,alkaline phosphatase 9.Bilirubin went fron 2.43 to 0.83, creatine went from 1.70 to 0.96. So his anaemia is getting worse. Is there any chance he has been poisened? I live in a remote part of agricultural area and they do not treat animals well.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes for anaemia and jaundice (commonly seen with haemolytic anaemia) which may include poisoning, in rural areas there are a lot of chemicals used on the land and just left lying around by farmers so it is possible; other causes may include infections, parasites, immune mediated haemolytic anaemia among other conditions. Without examining Frankie I cannot say for certain what the cause was. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Willow
domestic short hair
16 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

eating less, lethargic, anemic

FELV, anemic kitty, PCV 15 my vet wants to do biopsy along with transfusion to determine what the bone marrow is doing. If she ends up having bone marrow cancer, or any type of cancer can she be treated with chemo drugs?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Depending on what the results of the biopsy are, there may be treatment and chemotherapy options available, yes. There are also some blood parasites that can cause anemia in cats, and it may be a good idea to send that send a blood sample off to test for Babesia, as well.

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Dillon
Russian Blue
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Medication Used

Prednisolone

Is there a special diet I can try for my cat’s anemia? His red blood count is at 19%. Can boosting the immune system in general help make more red blood cells?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It depends on the underlying cause of the anaemia, if it is an immune mediated hemolytic anaemia; the immune system is destroying red blood cells which would make boosting his immune system counterintuitive. If the cause is due to dietary deficiency of iron etc… then supplements or dietary changes may help. Anaemia is caused fundamentally by three causes: increase in destruction, decrease in production or blood loss; once the underlying cause is known treatment and management may be taken. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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plomito
siam
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

doesnt want to eats
doesnt want to eat

my cat is really bad he cant stand up and he keeps trying to sleep and I already took him to the vet and thry gave me some pills but what I see is thaya my cat is really bad what can I do

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Since I don't have any way of knowing why Plomito is anemic, it is difficult for me to comment on how to treat him. I'm not sure what medication he is on, but it may take some time to take effect. It would be best to call your veterinarian, as they know more what is going on with him and how he is being treated, and see if there is anything more that you can do for him.

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Thomas
Persian Himalayan
5 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

My Persian cat is 5 years and 3 months and weighs 2 kilos. She has always been a very tiny cat since we adopted her. She recently developed a very aggressive breast cancer and we brought her to the vet who suggested immediate surgery. So we have removed he marmary chain on one side. This was an intense surgery and happened 4 days ago. Today I have received a call from the doctor that they did a blood test and the red blood cells have reduced from 34% before surgery to about 16%. A few hours later I reduced to 12% then the doctor recommended steroids which we did. She got worse and became very lethargic. So we decided to go for a blood transfusion with one of our other cats. The other cat had excellent red blood cells values. Since the transfusion our cat seems stabilized but I am afraid that this is only temporary and we might lose her as the cancer has spread potentially(not confirmed). Could this anemia be temporary and caused by she surgery? It has been a lot for her because she is really tiny and skinny. I’m really desperate for solutions in order to safe my cat.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Most likely the blood transfusion will only be a temporary solution to buy more time to work out a more long term solution. It is important to determine whether the cause of the anaemia is due to an increase in destruction of red blood cells, a decrease in production or blood loss; blood tests should give a good indication to the cause. The follow up blood results will give an indication of what next; your Veterinarian suspects an immune mediated anaemia as they recommended steroids which would also have been my initial assumption. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chloee
Calico
12 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Anemia
weight loss, low energy
Weight loss,

My cat got diagnoised with anemia. After looking at her blood labs my vet also said she has coronavirus. My question is did the coronavirus cause the anemia? He mentioned doing a blood transfusion but even after that he said she will get sick again, I assume do to the coronavirus. She's 12 years old and very weak, he said she may not even make it through a blood transfusion. Is this information I was given a correct explentation? I have a difficult time understanding health related issues like this.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coronavirus is one of those infections which tests pick up but really isn’t indicative of anything apart from exposure to the coronavirus, it doesn’t really indicate a current infection. There are many different causes for anaemia, which may or may not be related to coronavirus/FIP (feline infectious peritonitis); I cannot say whether or not there is a relation in the case (also remember that coronavirus doesn’t mean FIP). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lukas
Cat
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fever
Poor Appetite
Lethargy
Anemia

Medication Used

Atovaquone
Azythromycin

Hi ! My cat Lukas (2 years old) was brought to the vet about 2 weeks ago with severe anemia, swollen spleen, high fever and red blood count at 8. He was tested for feline aids and leukemia and both came back negative. He was first treated with doxycycline but after 2/3 days not responding to it, he started Azytromycin and Atovaquone. He started getting some weight, fever went down and his blood count started going back up to 12 and then 15 last Thursday. Optimistic that we were on the right track we religiously kept on feeding him every hour with a seringe and giving him his medication. Today, he had gained another 0.2 lbs since Thursday but the red blood count is back down to 11 and had a mild fever. He was thought to have cytauxzoon felis even though no parasite was observed under microscope. Don't know what to do anymore! Any ideas? Thank you in advance for all your help!!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you live in an area where Cytauxzoonosis is present (Missouri, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, Kentucky, Kansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Nebraska, Iowa and Virginia), then it may certainly be the cause; typically signs of the piroplasms or schizonts are visualised on a blood smear to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment with atovaquone and azithromycin for ten days is considered to be treatment of choice for Cytauxzoonosis. However, without examining Lukas I cannot fully weigh in to confirm the diagnosis or give a different opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/circulatory-system/blood-parasites/cytauxzoonosis

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Sugar
Siamese
14 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Medication Used

prednisone

14 year old female Siamese recently diagnosed with feline leukemia is anemic. Has pcv of 10%. All other readings fine. Doesn't want to eat. Given prednisone and vitamin b/iron in liquid form. Won't accept either. Vomits when given. Is drinking water and peeing normally. Any suggestions on getting her to eat and or raising her pcv?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem with FeLV is that in around 25% it produces a non-regenerative anaemia and in other cases it may cause a hemolytic anaemia but the non-regenerative anaemia is more common. Management of the anaemia would be just management with blood transfusions and medication (if appropriate) depending on the type of anaemia present. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/generalized-conditions/feline-leukemia-virus-and-related-diseases/feline-leukemia-virus-and-related-diseases-in-cats-overview

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