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Adopt Me: Alaska needs a special home (adopted)

Once at the shelter this sweet girl was diagnosed with hemobartonella felis

KitchenerToday, in partnership with the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society, brings you a regular feature highlighting a special pet that is in need of adoption.


Alaska is a two years young, cute, cuddling and affectionate survivor who has been with us since Oct. 11.
This special girl while under our care was diagnosed with hemobartonella felis. This is a parasite that infects the red blood cells of cats. This infection is typically spread through fleas or bite wounds with other animals. While in here, she showed NO signs of an infection and was otherwise clinically normal.
Sometimes these cats can remain asymptomatic carriers. We ran routine blood work on her and found that she had a decrease of two types of white blood cells (neutrophils and lymphocytes).

Sometimes they can progress to illness if under large amounts of stress or they have another concurrent illness. You can see the following clinical signs develop: anemia, depression, weakness, weight loss, dehydration, and enlarged lymph nodes.
There is a risk to immunocompromised individuals if this cat happens to scratch or bite you. Therefore we recommend this cat not be re-homed with other cats or with someone who may be immunocompromised (ie. Young children, older people or anyone undergoing immunocompromising treatment such as chemotherapy.)

We recently rechecked her blood work, and there was an improvement in her white blood cell count. Her lymptocytes have gone back to normal, and her neutrophil count has trended towards normal. 
Thank you for thinking of opening your home to this wonderful cat. Please come to the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society today and meet this sweetheart.

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