Dog 'Donates' Blood to Save a Cat's Life

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Veterinarians near Tauranga on New Zealand's north island have recently completed one of the first successful cross-species blood transfusions after one woman's cat fell ill because it accidentally ate rat poison. (Dumb cat! That poison's not for you, ya idiot!) The owner then called a friend who volunteered her own dog for a blood transfusion. Both animals were taken to a vet's office where the vet was like, "Why the hell not? Let's try it!" and performed the procedure.

According to The Independent, the owners' and vets' decision was a "potentially fatal move" for the cat because there was no certainty that the animals were a blood match. However, the parties decided to press on in the name of love and science and the cat is now "back to normal."

Yay, medical advancements! It's a cool story, definitely, but did you that it's also a story about an interspecies friendship that's persevered against all odds? At least that's how The Independent is spinning it:

Stereotypes suggest dogs and cats rarely get on, but pet owners usually disagree, stating their beloved pooches show nothing but affection towards the felines they encounter.

One domesticated double-act took this nonconformist stance to inter-species relations even further, when a dog in New Zealand donated blood to save the life of a cat that was dying after eating rat poison.


Donated? This dog's blood was taken! The dog was blood robbed! Give the dog its blood back! Or will this be like a vampire thing where they can now sense when the other is danger? Only time — and the next medical advancement — will tell.

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Dog donates blood to save life of cat that had eaten rat poison [The Independent]

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Rebecca "Burt" Rose

The other cats are never going to let this cat live it down. He has dog blood. Forever sullied. Every time he shows up, they're going to be like 'Hey Mike, how's it going—fetch any good sticks lately?' And then all the cats will just explode in laughter, leaving poor Mike to slink away in shame and frustration, wishing they had just let him die that day he ate the rat poison.