A fight so severe and bitter is often conveyed with a common idiom, "Fight like cats and dogs."
In a surprising occurrence in New Zealand, a six-and-a-half-year-old ginger cat Rory, needed a transfusion to save his life. Doctors did not have enough time to check his blood type by sending a sample to a laboratory.
Rory was seriously ill after doctors thought he had consumed something poisonous.
"Rory was going to die before we were going to get his blood type. He was really dying before our eyes," Kate Heller of Tauranga Vets said.
The vet discussed the matter with Rory's owners about dog-to cat transfusions and its risks. The cat needed blood and would have died without it. So they decided to go with the risk and begin dog to cat transfusion.
Hellen had never done this before but she was determined to do the procedure. The cat made a speedy recovery and bounced back within a couple of hours. "I came back to check him after about an hour, and he was sitting up eating and purring. He responded really quickly to the transfusion," she said.