2011-04-21 22:12:40 +0000 #1
One of my cats has Haemobartonella Felis. It actually showed itself in 2006 and nearly killed her before the vet figured out what was going on. She has since re-gained all of her weight (she had dropped from 9lbs to barely 4lbs in about a month) and unless you knew she had been sick, you would never know anything is/was wrong with her. I was wondering if anyone else here has experience with this because I worry so much about a relapse. She's 10 years old this year and just checked out good and healthy last week but I can't help but worry about it.
2011-04-21 22:19:24 +0000 #2
There is another member, lindsayanng, who has just dealt extensively with Bartonella, herself and many of her cats. I know she will be happy to advise you of her experiences when she comes in.
2011-04-21 22:57:01 +0000 #3
here are the links to some of the other member's threads on bartonella
they are in order from oldest (beginning of her problem) to newerforums.petlovers.com...owthread.php?t=30218forums.petlovers.com...owthread.php?t=30403forums.petlovers.com...owthread.php?t=30574
2011-04-21 23:15:10 +0000 #4
bartonella and hemobartonellosis are different. bartonella is an bacteria that gets into a cats system and infects the cat entirely.
Hemobartonellosis is a gram negative and bartonella heneslae (which is what i and my cats had/have) is gram positive.
It is THOUGHT to be transmitted the same way, which is through saliva, and sometimes fleas and ticks. It is suggested with BOTH diseases that you keep control of any flea outbreaks so it doesnt spread to other cats in the house.
Azythromycin or Erythromyacin are the cures for bartonella, where a oxytetracycline or dyoxytetracycline are what is used to treat haeombartonellosis. It is a different kind of bacteria, it does not have a cell wall, and it attached to the host differently, which is why a different antibiotic is used.
Also, many cats who get haemobartonellosis also have a high occurance of testing positive for Fiv or FeLV but it isnt ALWAYS the case.
But unfortunately i dont know TOO much about it, because bartonella is very different.. also, i do not think humans can get it, but from reading on the net about it, i dont see any conclusive evidence one way or the other.
2011-04-21 23:52:53 +0000 #5
That is good information lindsay, thanks for clarifying!
2011-04-21 23:01:52 +0000 #6
Haemobartonella is passed primarily through fleas and ticks. All of my cats are indoor and I'm very vigilent about watching fleas now. Haemobart is a parasite that attacks and destroys the cat's red blood cells and causes severe, possibly fatal anemia. It can lie dormant in an animal for years and is generally triggered by high stress events which was exactly what happened to Buttons. We had a group of foster kittens come into our home that had ringworm and by the time it was caught it went through our entire house, including myself and my husband. Buttons is FIV/FIP negative, she was re-tested when she became ill but it is more prevelent in positive cats. The way I understand it never really goes away, it just goes dormant again, that's why I'm curious to know if anyone else has experienced this and had it flare back up again.