Cat anemia is a condition in which the number of red blood cells circulating in the body or the amount of the molecule hemoglobin is decreased. The condition is usually caused by another illness or an existing medical condition.
Anemia can cause a kitten to have difficulty breathing and lower energy levels. It is often signaled by the cat’s gums turning a paler color.
If your cat is experiencing any of these symptoms, then go to a vet for a correct diagnosis and treatment. Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for anemia in cats.
Symptoms of anemia in cats
Symptoms of anemia in cats are usually related to lower energy levels. Some of the most common symptoms are:
- Gums turn pale
- Seems to be sluggish and tired
- Blood present in feces and urine
- Decreased appetite
Causes of anemia in cats
The cause of anemia in a cat is usually another disease or medical condition. Some of the most common causes are:
Treatments for anemia in cats
If you suspect your cat may have anemia, your veterinarian will do a physical exam and ask questions about symptoms and diet. The vet will likely suggest blood tests to confirm a case of anemia. In some cases, a cat’s bone marrow can also be tested and examined.
In confirmed cases of anemia in cats, veterinarians want to address the underlying cause. This may include drug treatment. If your vet prescribes medication for your cat, it is important that you follow exact dosage instructions. Make sure your cat completes all medication as well.
In the most severe cases, cats may also need a blood transfusion.
Have you ever had a cat with anemia? How did your vet help your cat recover? Let us know in the comment section below.