Autoimmune hemolytic anemia in cats (AIHA) is a condition where the red blood cells have a shorter life span than normal, causing anemia. Anemia in cats, as in anyone, can be caused by a loss of blood, by a lack of manufacture in the bone marrow or by an inadequate diet. What is different here is that the body is destroying the blood cells, because of an autoimmune disorder.
Autoimmune hemolytic anemia is also known as feline immune mediated hemolytic anemia in cats (IMHA).
This can be a life threatening condition as we all need red blood cells in plentiful supply. It tends to be more common in dogs than cats. It can occur as a primary condition or as a secondary one.
Generally any autoimmune condition can be triggered by drugs, by toxins, by a non-nutritious diet (so common today) and by vaccines.
Drugs and vaccines contain toxins, so they have a deleterious effect on the receiver. If your cat has received any a month or so prior to getting this condition, you might like to research the ingredients of that drug or vaccine.
Other toxins can be in the food (although they are unlikely to be listed) and in the environment – fluoride in the water, chemicals (especially fire retardant chemicals) in the furnishings, chemicals in air fresheners and cleaning products, chemicals in the garden.
Often none will have an immediate effect, but over time, the gradual accumulation of toxins wears down the immune system allowing disease to take a hold. The disease may be linked to a live virus in a vaccine, to the cats predisposition or genetic make up or to something that is prevalent in your area.
The common symptoms of autoimmune hemolytic anemia in cats include:
- pale or yellowish gums
- excess thirst and urination
- weakness and fatigue
- loss of appetite
- dark urine
- dark stool
- swollen glands
Veterinary tests will be extensive. Mainstream veterinary treatment is aggressive. However this is only adding to the already heavy toxin load, so outcomes are poor and recurrent.
A far better, more effective, faster and gentler approach is to change the diet to a healthy, quality, natural, species-specific one that will automatically start improving your cat’s immune system.
Couple that to consulting a homeopathic therapist or vet and you have every chance of completely reversing this condition, giving your cat their life back and banishing your ongoing anxiety.
Autoimmune hemolytic anemia in cats, along with every known (and unknown) disease can be treated this way. This way ensures your cat’s immune system remains strong enough to repel unwanted pathogens.