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Pablo the Blood Donor Cat

Did you know that cats can be blood donors? 

One of our vets Natalie Pryor had a phone call from a vet friend of hers in Leicester late on Friday evening, asking if her cat could donate blood to a critically ill patient. 

So Natalie and Pablo headed off to Leicester at midnight, and he donated 50ml of blood in the early hours of the morning. Here he is enjoying a meal soon after donating! 

Blood donation in cats isn't straight forward and not commonly done, they usually need an anaesthetic for their own protection. If an ill cat needs a blood transfusion, it is common for the blood to be taken from the donor cat and used immediately - if a suitable donor cat can be found, which is why Pablo was such a star! 

Well done Natalie and Pablo, what a great thing to do!