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Parasite Infection (Babesiosis) in Cats




Most patients can be treated on an outpatient basis, but severely ill patients, especially those requiring fluid therapy or blood transfusions, should be hospitalized.


Living and Management


Your veterinarian will want to monitor your cat's progress, and will schedule follow-up appointments to repeat blood chemical profiles, complete blood counts, urinalyses and electrolyte panels. Two to three consecutive negative PCR tests beginning two months post-treatment should be performed to rule out treatment failure and persistent parasitemia.


If your cat is spending time in an area that is a known tick habitat, prevention is the best course of action. Check your cat daily for the presence of ticks and remove them promptly. The longer a tick stays on the body, the more likely the transmission of the parasite is to occur.



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