As time passes by, human organ transplants become much safer and more successful. But fewer people have heard about organ transplants for cats.
Early in 2003 the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons issued instructions related to the introduction of organ transplants for cats in UK. After many ups and downs on the controversy of moral grounds, the operation begins to become a reality here.
The operation has been in mature development in the USA, and the operations in UK are catching up with a few thousand pounds to be performed. With improving success rates and increased acceptance of the moral arguments, many cat owners get started to view the operation as a sound alternative to other aggressive treatments.
Success rates in the USA also keep rising with the latest figures indicating that despite 40% don’t think the operation have fatal complications during the process, while 96% of those who do succeed in the operation live for at least 6 months. (Figures taken from University of Wisconsin Renal Transplant Center report)
Strict ethical rules must be followed for seeking the so called ‘source animals’ in the USA, in other words, they must be strays and must be accepted by the owners after the operation. So far there have been no such rules applied in the UK. Even though the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has issued instructions of the operation, it seems not to be an obligatory.
As the development of science and technology advances, there would be many kinds of technologies to cure a variety of illnesses which is considered to be fatal diseases before. As to those cat owners, they should not place their hopes on the latest technologies. What they are supposed to do is to pay attention to the cats’ each behavior and the differences in their body, grasp each small illness before it grows into a serious problem that needs a great deal of money.