to say that this week has been rough is an understatement.
My man has been stressed.
I have not been feeling well.
My man’s family dog was put down today, a dog he has had since… who knows when.
Max went to the vet.
We began to notice that his belly was becoming extremely bloated.
It looked as if he had either gained a lot of weight in like 5 days or he was pregnant.
Well obviously.. he is a boy. He is not pregnant.
Ended up that after about 2 hours of testing, xrays etc.
Something was wrong…
Max has Feline Peritonitis (FIP).
“Feline peritonitis or feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a viral infection. It is contracted by cats that have a coronavirus which then triggers the FIP. The severity of symptoms depends on the strength of your cat’s immune system. There is no cure for this disease with treatment focused on keeping your cat comfortable.”
It only mutates into FIP in 5% to 10% of cats. It is also seen in kittens who are being weaned off the immunity they inherit from the mother or in cats over the age of 10. Other viruses such as FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus) can weaken the immune system which also makes cats vulnerable to catch the virus. Most cats that get the disease are between 6 months and 2 years.
Depending on the severity, feline peritonitis is either referred to as being “latent” “dry” or “wet”.
Latent Feline Peritonitis: The immune system is weak enough to allow the disease to exist in your cat, but the symptoms are kept in check.
Dry (Non effusive) Feline Peritonitis: The immune system allows the disease to develop, but not advance to a chronic form.
Wet (Effusive) Feline Peritonitis: When the disease fully develops and causes fluid buildup in the body.
The virus causes inflammation in areas of the body such as the brain, kidney and abdomen. There is a vaccination for FIP, but it is not considered to be effective. Be sure to discuss this option with your veterinarian.
Symptoms of Feline Coronavirus
Cats who contract a coronavirus usually show no symptoms. When they do show symptoms they include:
- Upper respiratory problems
- Eyes that are watery
- Discharge from the nose
Additional Symptoms Associated with Feline FIP
Symptoms associated with FIP in cats include:
- Appetite loss
- Weight loss
- Hair on the coat feels rough
- Fever (that does not respond to antibiotics)
FIP cannot be cured
this is what his belly looks like..
max is not more than 1 year old.
he is the sweetest, most loving, cuddly little kitten.
he loves sleeping with us and giving us kisses.
this is so sad.
i came home and my man and I just sat and cried, and cuddled with him….
It is not a happy day.