Washington Capitals: Dmitry Orlov’s cat on road to recovery

Dmitry Orlov, Washington Capitals (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Dmitry Orlov, Washington Capitals (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

Taking care of a sick pet can be a scary experience and that’s what’s happening to Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov with their family cat Joy.

We were first aware of the sick cat by reader Kristy Moore. Dmitry and his wife, Varvara Orlova, made posts on their Instagram of their sick cat asking for help. If you were on Instagram and follow Orlov, his wife, or both, you probably saw posts this past week about their cat needing help. The cat was in need of a blood donor. We aren’t certain what their cat has.

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Their first message on July 29 read the following: Dear friends! A donor is required! The cat is joy. The hostess is Varvara Orlava…”. Then on August 4, Orlov made another post, translated in English: “Blood is urgently needed! The breed does not matter. A cat or cats at least 5kg (11 pounds). Hostess: Varvara Orlova. Cat: Joy.”

Dmitry’s wife, Varvara, posted this on her Instagram story: “Dear friends! A donor is required! The cat is Joy. The hostess is Varvara Orlova.

Moore said this:

"Like people, cats that donate blood are heroes to those that need transfusions. If you would like to help out other cats that need blood donations contact your veterinarian. They are in desperate need of donors. If you know anyone in Moscow or the surrounding area, please consider helping Dmitry and Varvara. If they can get this fixed it will be one less thing for them to worry about."


Last night Orlov posted this on his Instagram story, translated from Russian to English: “Thanks to all those who care for the responses, Joy is home, and we start rehabilitation.”

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Now that Orlov’s cat is back home, likely from getting blood donated, Dmitry can start focusing on building off the strong 2021 season that he had. You can check out his wife’s Instagram story for more cat content.