Titres of alloantibodies against A and B blood types in non-pedigree domestic cats in Turkey: assessing the transfusion reaction risk

J Feline Med Surg. 2005 Oct;7(5):301-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jfms.2005.03.003.


The severity of a transfusion reaction depends on alloantibody titres within the recipients' blood. Determination of an agglutination titre of naturally occurring alloantibody may help to assess the risk of transfusion reactions following an unmatched transfusion in a cat population. In this group of 312 cats 227 had blood type A, 78 had blood type B, and seven had type AB blood. All type B cats tested showed gross evidence of agglutinating anti-A antibody with plasma titres ranging from 2 to 256. Among the 227 type A domestic cats tested for plasma anti-B alloantibody titres, 70% had gross agglutination with titres ranging from 2 to 16, while 17.6% had microscopic agglutination. The remaining 12.4% of the type A cats were negative for both gross and microscopic agglutination. Based on agglutinating titres, the relative risk of a transfusion reaction when type A or AB blood was given to a type B cat was 6.4% with acute severe reaction, acute mild reactions in 85.9% and premature red cell destruction in 7.7%. On the other hand, transfusion of type AB blood or type B blood to type A cats carries a potential risk of acute mild transfusion reaction in 4.4% and premature red cell destruction in 83.3%. Transfusion of type A or B blood to type AB cats results in no apparent clinical transfusion reactions.

MeSH terms

  • ABO Blood-Group System / immunology*
  • Animals
  • Blood Group Antigens / immunology*
  • Blood Group Incompatibility / epidemiology
  • Blood Group Incompatibility / immunology
  • Blood Group Incompatibility / veterinary*
  • Blood Grouping and Crossmatching / methods
  • Blood Grouping and Crossmatching / veterinary*
  • Blood Transfusion / veterinary*
  • Cat Diseases / epidemiology
  • Cat Diseases / immunology*
  • Cats
  • Female
  • Isoantibodies / blood*
  • Male
  • Transfusion Reaction
  • Turkey / epidemiology


  • ABO Blood-Group System
  • Blood Group Antigens
  • Isoantibodies