Today, a “feel-good” story:
On screen they are usually portrayed as mortal enemies, but a cat that was dying after eating rat poison was saved thanks to a blood transfusion – from a dog.
The rare operation was carried out by New Zealand vet Kate Heller, who realised that Rory the cat would not survive unless he was given an immediate blood transfusion.
Unfortunately his blood type was not known and to have performed the delicate operation with the wrong type of blood – which for cats falls into categories A, B or AB – could have proved fatal.
But decisive action was imperative because without it Rory was in equal danger of using up the last of his nine lives.
Rory’s owner Kim Edwards rushed him to Tauranga Vets after she heard him howling in pain and unable to move.
When she got there she found the blood laboratory was closed and it was not possible to determine Rory’s blood type.
After consulting colleagues, Miss Heller decided to take a chance and perform the operation on the sick feline using dog’s blood.
She said: ‘If we didn’t do it, he would have died, so we had nothing to lose by giving it a go. It was a do or die, but it’s very uncommon.’
Studies have shown that cats might not have such an adverse reaction to it no matter what the type, than they might to the wrong type of cat blood.
This comment on the Daily Stormer article is great:
“This is clearly proof, since they both bleed and the blood works interchangeably, that there is no difference between dogs and cats. Dog and cat are social constructs. Dogs hate cats for the color of their fur. Why can’t they just get along?” – Brandon Edward….
Nice work there Brandon! You’ve settled the issue for me!! Hahaha. Thanks for the laugh man!
Rory looks like a “cool” cat!!! At least he’s alive, thanks to the “caring donor” labrador!