Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor
Medical Database

Infectious Disease

Mycoplasma Hemophilus in Cats

Animals Affected – Cat

(Feline Infectious Anemia)

General Information
Mycoplasma hemophilus is a blood disease of cats in which a microscopic parasite) attaches itself to the red blood cells. These red cells are then trapped in the cat’s spleen and the parasite and/or red blood cell is destroyed. Anemia (decreased numbers of red blood cells) results from the trapping of red cells in the spleen and damage to the cells done by the parasites. Infected cats go through cycles of anemia because of alternating periods of replication and destruction of the parasite and blood cells by the spleen. The time from infection to the appearance of the parasite on the red cells varies from 8 to 23 days.

Mycoplasma Hemophilus is transmitted to healthy cats by blood-sucking insects, such as fleas. Recovered cats are often carriers, and, therefore, control of external parasites, such as fleas and lice, is necessary to prevent spread to other cats.

The disease can be very mild with no obvious signs of illness, or it can be severe with fever, weakness, emaciation, loss of appetite, and jaundice. Some infected cats show no signs of illness until they are stressed by illness, injury, or severe emotional upset. Recurrence of feline infectious anemia is fairly common, even after treatment.

Important Points in Treatment
1. Severely ill cats require hospitalization and one or more blood transfusions.
2. Medication: Give all medication as directed. Call the doctor if you are unable to administer the medication as directed.

An Important Update From Animal & Bird Medical Center On COVID-19

We are committed to offering a safe and healthy environment for our clients, pets and hospital team here at Animal and Bird Medical Center. The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Taking typical preventive actions is key.

In being cautious and mindful of everyone’s safety, we are actively working to minimize your exposure to crowded exam rooms and long waits in the lobby.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our protocols in-hospital for the time-being…

In order to limit exposure while still providing quality care for your pet, we will be implementing special protocols to keep you safe.

We will have our veterinary technicians get a history of the patient’s symptoms and owner’s concerns via phone prior to coming into the clinic.

Our goal is for you to be able to bring your pet in for medical care but have no risk for you or our dedicated staff of transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

The Doctors and staff are dedicated to making sure your pet’s medical needs are taken care of during this national crisis.

We can still fill prescriptions for pick up, however, for those who prefer, non-narcotic and non-urgent prescriptions can be mailed to your home.

As always, careful hand-washing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease.