Feline Infectious Anemia

Feline infectious anemia is a bacterial disease which is caused by an organism called hemobartonella felis. This organism attaches to the cats red blood cell surface which ultimately leads to anemia.

It’s assumed that parasites and insects that drink blood may pass the contaminated blood after biting an infected cat on to a healthy one. If the mother is infected, kittens may be infected within the womb. Male cats between the ages of one to three years are also believed to be more commonly affected.

Signs of this disease include gums and mucous membranes which are pale in appearance, and vomiting. The cat may lose a considerable amount of weight if the disease slowly progresses. If the cat has an acute case she might not display any weight loss and instead may show sudden weakness, loss of appetite, fever, and jaundice.

Diagnosing feline infectious anemia is made by taking blood samples and examining them under a microscope. Multiple samples may need to be taken because there are periods when the parasites will not be visible within the blood.

Treatment consists of a course of antibiotics in addition to other medications for a period of several weeks. Blood transfusions may be needed for severe cases. Treatment is usually successful if the anemia hasn’t become too far advanced. It’s important to note however that the parasite may never be fully removed from the body, and stress may cause the disease to return.

To reduce the risk of your cats exposure to feline infectious anemia, a comprehensive program that includes flea and parasite control should be followed.

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Comments

  1. Great article on Feline Infectious Anemia. I will forward this to my sister who has 2 cats and who is always interested in learning new things about cats. Bob from Cat Vitamins

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  3. Thanks for the great article Laurie! That was a great summary of Feline Infectious Anemia. It’s very important to be able to recognize the symptoms of the health problem so that it cat be treated as soon as possible. I had no idea that a cat could be infected in the womb though! Keep it up with this great blog.