How To Detect Haemobartonellosis Symptoms Before Your Cat's Life Is At Risk

Haemobartonellosis is a blood infection that can be carried by by fleas and ticks, and it can potentially infect your cat. While some cats are exposed to the infection and show little to no symptoms, making sure you recognize the potential symptoms can save your cat's life. Haemobartonellosis can kill, and if you don't notice the symptoms, it may be too late for your cat. This guide will help you to understand how to protect your cat from the disease, and what to do if you think they're infected.

How Haemobartonellosis Spreads

This disease is primarily spread by fleas and ticks that feed off infected animals and then bite your cat. However, it's also possible for your cat to get it directly if they've been in a fight with an infected animal. The infection is actually caused by a microscopic form of bacteria called mycoplasma. Unfortunately, since not all animals experience symptoms from the disease, it's possible for your cat to get ill even if you think they haven't been near any sick cats or other animals.


If your cat is lucky, they'll contract the bacteria, and their immune system will kill it off without any symptoms. However, if your cat presents symptoms, it means that your cat's health may be at risk. If your cat develops these symptoms, they may have contracted haemobartonellosis:

  • Fever - Cats who contract this illness may develop a fever, which is any temperature of 103.5 degrees or higher.

  • Weakness - Cats may also appear weak, tired, or depressed with little interest in playing.

  • Lack of Appetite - Cats may also lose their appetite and drink less or not at all. This is a severe symptom, so if you notice it, seek emergency veterinary care immediately.

  • Cardiovascular Symptoms - Cats may also develop a high pulse, breathe erratically, and shiver while they're ill with this disease.

  • Anemia - Mycoplasma breaks down red blood cells, meaning your cat may become anemic. If your cat's tongue or gums appear pale or white, they may be anemic.


Your vet will perform a full examination of your cat, and run a blood test to determine if they have this illness. If they find evidence that your cat has haemobartonellosis, they'll prescribe a course of antibiotics for your cat, along with plenty of rest. If your cat continues to refuse to eat and drink, your vet may give you appetite stimulants and show you how to give your cat subcutaneous fluids to keep it hydrated. If your cat is anemic, your vet may prescribe iron supplements or perform a blood transfusion if the anemia is severe.

Most cats who develop this disease and receive treatment will recover, but it's essential that you get your cat medical attention right away. If your cat has any of these symptoms, go to the vet. Even if it's not haemobartonellosis, chances are your cat has an illness that needs medical care.