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A and B blood types ?

as a newcomer to devons, please could somebody explain in simple terms to me why they are divided into two distinct blood types and why this makes a difference when mating them together and choosing a stud ( just in case we do have an active devon girl in the future ) - does it cause reactions the sam way as with humans eg rhesus babies, and is blood groud A better or worse then groupB or visa versa ?

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  • Hi Babs,

    A couple of useful links with good information:-

    http://www.dr-addie.com/Blood%20groups.htm#Blood%20group%20testing%...
    http://www.rexcatz.co.uk/ (in the health section)
    http://www.fabcats.org/owners/blood_groups/info.html

    There are two main blood groups in cats, A & B with a third group AB which is much less common. Some breeds have no or very little incidence of the B group. Devons, like British and some other breeds have a high proportion of cats that are B - around 50%. In addition many that test as A will be A carrying B, so you can't avoid it.

    The articles explain very well why this can be an issue and why you need to know the blood group of breeding cats, so that you can manage your breeding without risking losing kittens. Fortunately it is now possible to test for blood groups through a DNA test with a swab, which avoids trips to the vets.

    Neither is better - but if a female is A it doesn't matter what blood group the stud is. The potential problems only come with a B female and A male. However it's pretty difficult to avoid B's in Devons and you would severely limit your options!

    All of our girls have been B and we have used both A & B studs, you just have to be prepared for 16 hours of hand feeding the kittens if it's an A stud.

    Jen
  • thanks, this makes sense to me now, just shall be sure when we do have an active devon girl what her blood group is, the three we have here are all neuters and our vets already know their blood types in case of need, now we know what they asked us when we registered the devs with their surgery - shall read up on this subject, thanks for th links too !

    Jennifer Pinches said:
    Hi Babs,

    A couple of useful links with good information:-

    http://www.dr-addie.com/Blood%20groups.htm#Blood%20group%20testing%...
    http://www.rexcatz.co.uk/ (in the health section)
    http://www.fabcats.org/owners/blood_groups/info.html

    There are two main blood groups in cats, A & B with a third group AB which is much less common. Some breeds have no or very little incidence of the B group. Devons, like British and some other breeds have a high proportion of cats that are B - around 50%. In addition many that test as A will be A carrying B, so you can't avoid it.

    The articles explain very well why this can be an issue and why you need to know the blood group of breeding cats, so that you can manage your breeding without risking losing kittens. Fortunately it is now possible to test for blood groups through a DNA test with a swab, which avoids trips to the vets.

    Neither is better - but if a female is A it doesn't matter what blood group the stud is. The potential problems only come with a B female and A male. However it's pretty difficult to avoid B's in Devons and you would severely limit your options!

    All of our girls have been B and we have used both A & B studs, you just have to be prepared for 16 hours of hand feeding the kittens if it's an A stud.

    Jen
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