AN animal hospital in Runcorn has issued an urgent appeal for cat blood donors to keep stocks at a healthy level.

Northwest Veterinary Specialists is asking cat owners in the region to consider if their feline is suitable to become a blood donor.

Leading by example, Esther Montrose, multidisciplinary nurse supervisor at the surgery, has two cats who have both donated blood on multiple occasions.

These supplies have helped poorly feline patients that have arrived at the vets needing blood transfusions.

Esther said: “It is always a positive experience, for both cats and also for me as their owner, as I felt a sense of fulfilment that they were able to help somebody else’s pet.

“They also benefitted from lots of cuddles and treats once they had recovered in the hospital.”

Cats need to meet certain criteria to be a feline blood donor, including being aged between one and eight and weighing over 4.5kg.

They must not have received a blood transfusion themselves, must be healthy and must not on medication.

Additionally, donors need to be up to date with vaccinations and flea treatment, comfortable and relaxed with people and not have travelled abroad.

Jenny Pearson, hospital manager at Northwest Veterinary Specialists, said: “Feline blood donors play a critical role in helping patients in need of blood.

“Northwest Veterinary Specialists will arrange for a blood typing and general health check for potential donors.”

Anyone who may be interested in registering their cat as a blood donor can email Leanne Doherty, a cat advocate at the surgery, at