Aby-a-Day – 17 Februari 2020: What’s your type? (Medical Monday)

We want to breed Lorelai later this year, and the breeder who bred Alfred now has a lovely sorrel (red) male. But before we can mate them, we need to know Rory’s blood type to prevent Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (It’s kind of like the Rh factor in humans).

So, I figured I could do it myself. I mean, I’ve done my own blood type in high school, so how hard can it be? I found a test from Genomia, a Czech company, and bought a test kit.

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The kit arrived on Wednesday. I was excited to do the test!

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The instructions were fairly straightforward…except for how to get the blood out of the cat being tested.

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The only way I could think of to get blood from Rory was to clip one claw too short. I felt really bad about that, but it worked.

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The test only took a few minutes…

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…But the result was very clear: Rory is blood type A. Most cats are Type A, so that’s just one hurdle cleared for Rory to have kittens.

4 thoughts on “Aby-a-Day – 17 Februari 2020: What’s your type? (Medical Monday)

  1. When I had to test Lily’s blood daily for her diabetes, I had a lancet and would prick the edge of her ear to get the drop or two needed for the meter. The test strip touched right to the drop would wick the blood up quickly. And it usually didn’t beel too long.

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  2. Typing your OWN blood only involves convincing yourself it won’t hurt ! When you are done with the cat, the cat may have done more bloodletting on YOU. (Speaking from experience here)

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