A Survey of blood types of the Domestic cat (Felis catus) in Maiduguri, North-eastern Nigeria
- *Corresponding Author:
- Balami Arhyel Gana
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: November 28, 2013; Accepted date: January 04, 2014; Published date: January 06, 2014
Citation: Maryam BKY, Gana BA, Ahmed GY, Abubakar WM, Istifanus S (2014) A Survey of blood types of the Domestic cat (Felis catus) in Maiduguri, North-eastern Nigeria. J Veterinar Sci Technol 5:152. doi:10.4172/2157-7579.1000152
Copyright: © 2014 Maryam BKY, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
A haematological study was carried out in domestic cats native to Nigeria, in Maiduguri, north-eastern Nigeria. The aim was to determine the blood types in this specie (AB blood system) using the CHROM method which is based on immunochromatograhic diffusion of RBC’s passing through monoclonal antibody containing strips (Alvedia Quick test kit). Fifty cats were sampled and analysed. The result showed that cats with blood type A were the most common with a rate of 44/50(88%), followed by type B 6/50 (12%). Of all the cats sampled, none had blood type AB. This study documents the first record of blood types in cats in Nigeria. The knowledge of the blood group of the domestic cats has significant clinical implications in terms of transfusion medicine as well as for breeding purposes.