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Old 05-24-2007, 10:43 PM   #1
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"Cat nurses puppy
A cat nurses a puppy near the town of Mamurras, Albania, on Thursday. The cat, which had lost her kitten, started caring for the puppy after its mother was killed in a car accident. (AFP/Getty photo by Gent Shkullaku)"

But I have a quick question. Will the mom cat give the puppy all of the appropriate immunities that he would have received from his own mom dog? It wouldn't do him any good to have immunity to something he can't catch because he isn't a cat. It just made me smile because the cat and the puppy are almost the same size as each other!
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I've known of lots of different animals taking on another species with a great deal of success.

I don't know the exact answer to your question but here's what I think. First of all, if it isn't nursing within the first 24 hours or so of the cat having milk, there's no chance the pup will get colostrum from the cat. My opinion is that there are likely to be some useful antibodies transferred if there is colostrum but I doubt it would be as good as canine colostrum.
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No the puppy won't get any natural immunity from the cat. But depending on how old the pup was when the mother was killed she may have gotten what she needed from her.

It's not too likely that the mother was out running the roads the first week the puppy was born. They usually stick pretty close to their pups the first couple of weeks.
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