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Understanding FIP in Cats

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is a viral disease of cats which is caused by the feline coronavirus. It is considered to be one of the most serious diseases that can affect cats, as it is often fatal. The virus can spread quickly throughout a cat’s body and cause severe damage to its organs, leading to death in many cases. Though there are treatments available for FIP in cats, they are not always successful and prevention is key when it comes to protecting your cat from this deadly virus.

Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of FIP will vary depending on which form your cat has contracted – wet or dry – but some common indicators can include fever, weight loss, decreased appetite, abdominal swelling, difficulty breathing or coughing due to fluid accumulation in the chest cavity (wet form), jaundice (yellowing of skin/whites off eyes), dehydration, lethargy/depression. Additionally if you observe any abnormal behaviors such as hiding away from people or other animals then these could be potential warning signs as well.

Diagnosing FIP

In order for veterinarians to diagnose FIP correctly they must perform various tests including physical examinations with blood work or imaging scans; microscopic analysis of fluids taken from affected areas; PCR testing on fluid samples; antibody titers test looking at past vaccine history; serum biochemistry panel review etc.. Depending on what kind of results the vet finds they may also suggest an antigen test called ELISA that detects specific proteins present in cats infected with feline infectious peritonitis virus (FELV). This test takes around two weeks before results come back so keep that time frame in mind when scheduling appointments with vets who might need further information about your pet’s condition before providing treatment options.

Treating FIP

There currently isn’t a cure for feline infectious peritonitis but there are treatments available that may help improve quality life for felines suffering from this virus including antiviral medications like Famciclovir or Interferon Omega-based injections given at least twice weekly depending on severity level – both have been show effective against lowering levels of viremia within few days following initial doses as well providing some relief through symptom reduction too! Other supportive care measures such reducing stress levels around home environment via increased socialization opportunities being provided alongside proper nutrition intake can go long way aiding overall recovery process too!