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So I was at the (human) blood donation center recently donating some of my blood and, while sitting there, I started to wonder if there were cat blood donation programs. I came home, did some Google searching, and found that pets can indeed donate blood to save the lives of other pets in need of a transfusion.

My question: Does your kitty donate? If so, what has your experience been with the process? I'm considering it, but there are two sticking points: (1) Booger can't really give me his consent to volunteer him for donation and (2) Booger dislikes riding in cars / visiting the vet. I'd hate to put him through the experience, but at the same time it seems like a really great thing to do in order to help save other people's beloved cats. I know I'd want Booger to receive blood if he needed it, that's why I donate my human blood, because I know I'd want it if I was in need.
 

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Thurston is a blood donor. He's saved a two cats to date! His blood type (B) is both the rarest blood type in cats and the equivalent of the 'universal' blood type for cats. Thurston doesn't mind car rides but doesn't like needles, so he gets a little sedative before donating to keep it pleasant for everyone involved.

In our program the cat has to be between 1 and 9 years old and weigh more than 10 pounds, be on a Heartworm preventative and current on vaccines. They are also tested annually for all feline viral infections (FIV, Felv, etc) and a full chemistries and CBC. (The program pays for this) Also must be an indoor only cat.
By these standards, Thurston is my only cat to qualify as Sully is too small and Ninja is too young (and due to his heart, I wouldn't do it anyway)
 

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Lots of Vet Specialist have cats that live in the office that they use as blood doners for a couple years and then adopt them out.
 

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I've thought about it, but it's not possible for at least two of my cats. Penny is too small (only 8 pounds) to begin with. She also has FIV. And very timid and skittish and hates car rides.

Rocky is big enough, doesn't mind car rides and is a suck-up at the vet. However, he also has FIV and a heart murmur. So he's a no go.

Princess is currently in line for being tested for FIV. I'm pretty sure she has it too. She weighs 10 pounds exactly. Car rides aren't her favorite, but she does okay at the vet. Whether she has FIV or not will determine whether she donates blood or not.
 

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My cats are fine at the vet's office, but they're all too small.
 

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Whenever we go in for our annual we donate as well. My dogs always did too and as the vet was a close family friend we were often on the emergency call list when they needed blood.
 

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Whenever we go in for our annual we donate as well. My dogs always did too and as the vet was a close family friend we were often on the emergency call list when they needed blood.
I'll have to check with my vet and see if they have an emergency call list. I'd be willing to put Booger on it in order to save a few lives in need!
 

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we keep canine and feline plasma and packed red blood cells in stock at the clinic I work out. We do occasionally run out, or have pets in need of whole blood transfusions (or in come cases have teeny tiny puppies and kittens that only need a little and it would be wasteful to use a big bag).

My dog has donated twice. The second time the people were so nice they left me a Petsmart card to use on her :)

I have always said that my cats would only be put through it for one of my own. The night I had Carson in to weigh and Skylar in for an exam to start her on her prozac there was a bitty little kitten in need of blood. I told them I would only do it if they were willing without sedation. I tried Skylar first (kept telling her it was paying for her anti-psychotics!) but it was not at all going well. Carson did better, but still not so great. Not to mention we started the process 30 minutes after I was supposed to get off my 12 hour shift.

The kitten did well initially, but sadly passed away the next day. They were thinking she had something much worse than the suspected flea anemia they were thinking.

Several employees will go home and get their cats to sedate and donate blood when needed. I appreciate their efforts, but its not something I want to put my kids at risk for. Plus, the adults are really too small but as we only needed a very small amount they were ok for this round.

However, if one of my kitties needs blood for any reason it will come from my cats.

Brody is always good to donate her blood, but dogs are much easier. Plus she loves the extra snack she gets when she's done :)
 
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