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Articles from Current News Publications - Blood & Blood Donations

• Dogs and Cats Can Donate Blood (But Most People Don't Know)

11/27/2019  "Did you know that dogs and cats can donate blood to help another animal in need? Most pet owners don’t, according to new research published in Veterinary Record. But after learning about the possibility, 89% said they would consider their pet making a donation." - Psychology Today

• A Look at Blood Donations for Dogs and Cats

1/22/2020  "Vets say dogs and cats require blood transfusions for many of the same reasons that humans do. But animal blood-bank supplies are so low, treating the most gravely sick or injured pets can be a challenge." - wjct

• Family seeking life-saving blood transfusion for beloved kitten

12/20/2019  VIDEO: "A Pitt County family held a blood drive for their kitten, who is currently at NC State's Veterinary Hospital seeking treatment. "I'm scared I'm going to lose him," said Kim Costakis, whose kitten Rudy is 8-and-a-half months old." -

Reproductive Concerns

• When is a female cat in season?

12/28/2019  "When a female cat is ‘in season’ she is ready to mate (in heat) and this readiness is dependent upon the season (i.e. winter, spring, summer and fall). Queens (intact females) vary at which age they first go into heat." - PoC

• Why do female cats scream after mating?

12/28/2019  "Most also know that, unlike the smooth penis of other mammals, the cat’s penis is covered in sharp, backward-pointing spines. In essence it is a barbed instrument of torture when withdrawn after mating." - PoC

Spay & Neuter

Spay & Neuter - A Difficult But Necessary Decision

PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch - “When cats and dogs are dying on the streets and in shelters across the country every day, stemming the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis is the greatest gift that we can give companion animals.”

More than 6 million dogs and cats end up at animal shelters every year, and half of them must be euthanized, many simply because there aren’t enough good homes for them. In addition, “no-kill” policies like those at the nearby Edison Municipal Animal Shelter—which charges surrender fees, requires surrender appointments, won’t accept animals with behavior problems or without veterinary records, and turns animals away if the shelter is full—can cause desperate people to abandon animals to fend for themselves. The only effective, long-term solution to the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis is spaying and neutering.


• Katz Tales: Preparing your lady cat for spaying

2/11/2020 "Although the mantra is that spaying is a “simple” surgery, do look for a vet who does a lot of these procedures. Practice makes perfect. As there are different surgical techniques, ask what will happen during the operation, where the wound will be, how big it will be, and what your vet expects in terms of recovery time and conditions." - TheStar

• Spay Cat to Prevent Surprise Pregnancy, Uterine Infection and Mammary Cancer

1/2/2020  "Q: Stormi, my new kitten, will be an indoor-outdoor cat. I know she needs to be vaccinated and eventually sterilized, but isn't it better to let her have one litter of kittens before that?" -

• Calls for caution over mass neutering of stray cats

12/15/2019  "Kyriacou recognises only too well the plight of the stray cat population and how it is deteriorating as numbers spiral, but he advocates caution over random cat neutering. “The situation is getting worse and worse. I know it and it’s in front of everyone’s eyes. However, we need to be careful when talking about cat neutering. Often volunteers, despite their good intentions, create more harm than good.” - CyprusMail

• Pet Doc: Spaying and neutering your cats

11/17/2019  VIDEO: "For Today’s Pet Doc, we are talking about when it is time to spay and neuter your cat.  When is the best time to scheduled that surgery? Nikki Burdine has this week’s ‘Pet Doc’ report." - WKRN

• Do spayed and neutered cats put on weight?

11/10/2019  "The answer is that spayed and neutered domestic cats ‘tended to be heavier than those that weren’t’. So the answer is, yes, spayed and neutered cats do put on weight but the experts are unsure why." "The quote short above comes from the website. The author refers to a massive AVMA study on domestic cat weight. The study involved more than 19 million cats in the US and Canada so the conclusion is very solid..." - PoC

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