An unidentified Babesia of the domestic cat (Felis domesticus)

J S Afr Vet Assoc. 1980 Dec;51(4):219-21.


An unidentified Babesia was seen in a blood smear from a cat showing signs of anaemia. The cat responded to treatment with diminazene (Berenil). The morphology of the parasite is described and a comparison is made with other Babesia which have been described from the domestic cat and wild felids. This parasite most closely resembled B. herpailuri described from a jaguarundi in South America.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Babesia / anatomy & histology*
  • Babesia / classification
  • Babesia / isolation & purification
  • Babesiosis / drug therapy
  • Babesiosis / parasitology*
  • Cat Diseases / drug therapy
  • Cat Diseases / parasitology*
  • Cats
  • Diminazene / therapeutic use
  • Erythrocytes / parasitology
  • Male


  • Diminazene