Hi Amy, Yes, many of us here have heard of hemobartonella, a blood parasite. It is very hard to diagnose, because one minute it will show up on a slide under the microscope, and the next minute, it won't. So anytime any of the kitties here are anemic, we recommend the 21 day course of doxy regardless of test results because felv+ cats are more prone to hemobart and it's hard to diagnose. I don't think it's contagious, but find it interesting that 2 of your 3 are positive. It's possible the 3rd one is as well, since the parasite is so elusive. I would talk about this with your vet. Please keep us posted as to the results of the other two cats. If it turns out that a high percentage of your cats have it, especially if all of them do, I will wonder not necessarily about contagiousness (which I thought that it wasn't), but what caused the hemobart and the conditions (ie. if fleas in certain parts of the country or certain areas, lakeland fleass vs. city fleas are more prone to carry the parasite). Did your vet say if fleas are the only way to get hemobart? It will be interesting to learn more about this. Be glad your kitties are so healthy. We see some here that are diagnosed in the late stages of anemia, and often it can be too late. Another thought: I don't think that hemobart is related to cat scratch fever. If I am wrong, someone please correct me.
Thanks for taking such good care of your furbabies and good luck, Wendy "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world - indeed it is the only thing that ever has!" ~~~ Margaret Meade ~~~ ----- Original Message ---- From: Amy Weygandt <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: email@example.com Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2008 3:45:52 PM Subject: Bartonella Hi All, I really haven't been very active on this group over the past couple years so I'm not sure whether this has been discussed or not. I have a young child in my home and this year my vet recommended having my leuk positive cats tested for Bartonella. They are seen every 6 months for full blood work ups. I have 5 cats that have been here for several years and have never had fleas in our home but tested anyways. Three have been tested so far and two came back positive and are on medication for 21 days. The other two are being tested next week. Just wanted to mention this as my cats have always seemed healthy other than some mild gingivitis. Even my one cat with perfect teeth and gums tested positive. My vet said she just started testing for this recently and they are seeing tons of positive cases, almost 50% of those being tested are positive. Do any of you have vets that have recommended this testing? My vet is a dear friend and would never recommend something just to make money. She was just concerned because of our child and cat scratch fever. Wanted to make sure others are aware that this disease seems to be fairly common now as many of us take in rescues, strays, etc. That's how I got all mine and I'm guessing they have had this all along :( I feel bad I didn't test sooner. Amy ____________________________________________________________________________________ Be a better friend, newshound, and know-it-all with Yahoo! Mobile. Try it now. http://mobile.yahoo.com/;_ylt=Ahu06i62sR8HDtDypao8Wcj9tAcJ ____________________________________________________________________________________ Looking for last minute shopping deals? Find them fast with Yahoo! Search. http://tools.search.yahoo.com/newsearch/category.php?category=shopping