Cytological and bacterial analysis of transtracheal aspirate from stray cats in Al-Qadisiyah Province, Iraq

  • Muthanna Hadi Hussain Department of Internal Veterinary Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Al-Qadisiyah, Iraq.


This study was conducted to count the cytological parameters; total protein (TP), white blood cells count WBCs and differential (WBCs); from transtracheal aspirate (TTA) and microbial detection from thirty cats in Al-Qadisiyah province. Both genders were involved and the cats ranged in 1-3 years old. The mean total protein measured by the spectrophotometer was (89±0.04) mg/dl, mean WBCs was (925±0.7) cell/μl and the mean differential WBCs record 61% alveolar macrophages, 31% eosinophils, and 8% neutrophils. A microbial investigation has revealed that respiratory tract of cats have no flora and we could not observe any respiratory infection in the captured cats; it may be related to the physiological and immunological adaptation of the respiratory system through the presence of the alveolar macrophage with a high percentage concerning other WBCs. There was no obvious regard to gender or age on these limitations.


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