Affectionately referred to as tripod cats, leg amputation is the surgical removal of the limb. Cats are such agile creatures, it is hard to imagine how a cat could possibly cope on three legs, but they manage easier than we often give them credit for.
I recently found out about an animal shelter in my small town and got in touch with the lady who runs it to see if I could take any of her dogs out. As an active runner, I thought I could kill two birds with one stone. Get a shelter dog out for an hour or so, and I could enjoy the company of a canine companion. So I have been taking little Nina the Kelpie out once or twice a week for a short run. The lady who runs the shelter is an amazing woman, but she is so overworked and always in need of assistance. It got me thinking about the different ways we can help shelters out, not just financially, but in many other ways too.
A blood transfusion is a life-saving procedure where blood or blood products from a donor are given to a cat to treat a medical disorder. This may be whole blood (containing all four components of the blood) or blood components (plasma, platelets, etc.).
Blood is a part of the circulatory system which comprises of the blood, blood vessels, and the heart. It carries oxygen and nutrients around the body and removes waste products such as carbon dioxide. The average 5kg cat has about 325ml of blood.
Blood has four components; red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets.