It's a treatable anemia that mimics FeLV.  Usually caused by flea infestation.

I forget off the top of my head which drug helps this, but I'm sure someone on 
the list can tell us!

=^..^= Terri, Siggie the Tomato Vampire, Guinevere, Travis, Dori and 6 
furangels: Ruthie, Samantha, Arielle, Gareth, Alec, Salome and Sammi =^..^=
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Natalie<> 
  Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 12:41 PM
  Subject: [Felvtalk] FYI: What is Hemabartonella? I never heard of 

  What is Hemobartonella?

  by Miranda K. Workman, President and CEO, Purrfect Paws Animal Behavior
  Center, LLC



  Hemobartonella infections are relatively common in cats in North America.
  This mycoplasma resides on the surface of red blood cells and produces
  extravascular hemolytic anemia. Transmission of the parasite is thought to
  occur by blood-sucking arthropods such as fleas. Mothers can transmit the
  parasite to their offspring. Animals with this infection are often able to
  survive for some time, but any condition that could compromise their immune
  system can make them more susceptible to effects of the disease. I learned
  way too much about this condition after a mother cat succumbed to it after
  spay surgery compromised her immune system. Her kittens were tested
  immediately and they are positive too. Treatment is possible and we are
  hoping that tomorrow's bloodwork will reveal they are free from infection
  and are healthy enough to be adopted!

  Miranda K. Workman owns Purrfect Paws Animal Behavior Center, LLC
  51B712D8EAAC5322&>  in New York


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