The natural anti-A and anti-B antibodies can leed to bloodgroup incompatibility that can be... more
The AB system is the major blood group system in domestic cats. The common blood types are A and B. Cats with bloodtype B have anti-A antibodies at a high titer and cats with blood type A have anti-B antibodies at a low titer. Cats with the rare AB blood type do not have anti-A or anti-B antibodies. These natural antibodies can leed to bloodgroup incompatibility that can be lethal. First symptoms are dyspnea, vomiting and agitation. Neonatal isoerythrolysis occurs when a female cat with blood type B is bred to an A-type male cat and the A-type kitten absorb the anti-A antibodies from the breast milk. The hemolytic disease that ensues can be lethal. Genetic Blood groups-The mutation and inheritance The genetic determination of the blood group in cats enables the genetic differentiation of the serologically determined blood group before breeding. Blood typ A is dominat to b. With the gene test it´s possible to identify the recessive b allel which is associated with the B serotyp. Cats with two copies of the b allel have the Type B bloodgroup. Cats with blood group A can carry the genetic information either for AA or Ab. To clarify the genetic basis of cats with bloodgroup type A or AB the gene test is recommended. The cat blood group DNA test is available to all breeds. In about 2% of the cases, results are inconclusive and status of the B blood group cannot be determined in some cats. This indicates that there are additional mutations yet to be identified. Blood group tests that are inconclusive will be refunded.
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