To my knowledge, no cat has ever survived wet FIP, but the dry form, yes!in addition, a live cat cannot test positive for FIP, he can only be positive for Corona virus. Your vet is diagnosing this on the basis of the enlarged abdomen with no other proof.
Wet FIP has a rapid downhill course. Cats do not get better, they get worse.
Check for Chylothorax which is an accumulation of lymph in the pleural cavity..Other possibilities are lymphoma, leukemia, , tumor, etc.
The chest ad abdomen should be xrayed if that has not been done already.
Check for intestinal Intussception:
One of our experts said she had a cure. I present it to you:
"If they were my kittens I would also have put them on raw turkey and chicken immediately. That was not an option with the head of this rescue. Instead I added Wysong brand "F-biotic" to their meals. They have two products that are very similar Call of the wild is designed to be added to 100% meat diets, F-biotic is similar but designed to be added to meals that contain a bone/mineral source (most commercial diets). Because there were so many kittens and most had diarrhea it was difficult to guage if it was getting worse in any of them. As the diarrhea became less watery, I slowly increased the dosage. I believe within 2 weeks there were all sharing a meal (about 1/2 pound of wet food with some kibble added) with a total of 1 tsp of esther C and about 2 tsp of the F-biotic. They were offered this twice a day (they were free fed but ate the majority at two meal times). Within 1 week or so, swelling of bellies had stopped and diarrhea improved. They still looked Swollen, but the disease had been slowed drastically. Over the next few weeks the head of the rescue continued the treatment I had started. I checked in with the kittens about a month later and was shocked to see that all of them were still alive. Within another month or so, the vet had diagnosed all as FIP-free and gave a clean bill of health"
Right now I do not want to think about Crosby dying. However, if he does you will be able to ascertain for sure if he did have this dreaded illness. If so (God forbid) wait six months before bringing in a new kitty.
Here are agencies that will help with expenses:
American Animal Hospital Association
" Through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship."
Angels 4 Animals
"Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment
to those pets and pet owners in need."
A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care.
"With a comprehensive range of plan options, for
treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan
and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP)
"Seniors, People with disabilities, People who
have lost their job, Good Samaritans who rescue a cat or kitten - any of these folks may need financial assistance to save a beloved companion."
The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Prog ram is a nonprofit 501
(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to cat and
kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save
their companions when life-threatening illness or injury strikes.
God's Creatures Ministry
"This fund helps pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help."
"Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the
"We are dedicated to insure that no
companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker
is financially challenged."
The Pet Fund
"The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that
provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need
urgent veterinary care."
I hope I have covered every possibility
Please let me know what happens. I will always be here for you and your babies.
Best wishes and prayers for Crosby,