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Hello we were told our 16 week old kitten has fip. She has a fever, a fluid wave in the belly, the vet drained bright yellow fluid off of her abdomen and the protein count was 4. Any thoughts or suggestions? What is the risk of our 10 year old cat developing fip?
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Cat Vet: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 2 years ago
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Good evening, Amanda. I am so very sorry to hear that your little girl has a case of suspected FIP.

Her symptoms do fit with "wet" or effusive FIP, although it seems no two cats ever have the same symptoms. It can take weeks to months for a case FIP to develop, so she likely came to you guys with the precursors needed to develop this affliction.

I'm not sure how much you guys know about FIP, but it's usually the very young who develop it. We know that FIP can develop from the corona virus. There are around 60 types of corona virus, but not all of them cause FIP. When a cat does have the "right" type of corona virus, that virus must then mutate into the virus that subsequently causes the symptoms of FIP. It's uncommon for this to happen, but it's debilitating and eventually fatal for the cat. There are cases of a litter of kittens all being exposed and only one of the kittens developing FIP. In this, it would be very unlikely for your 10 year old cat to develop FIP. Again, she'd not only need to be exposed, but then the virus would need to mutate. Often, the more stable immune systems of adults keep this from happening. Alas, kittens just don't have the stable immune system that an adult does, which is why it can be so detrimental.

There's more information here: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/health_information/brochure_ftp.cfm

While veterinarians and researchers are working together to find a solution and treatment for FIP, we have nothing available at this time. One of the most selfless things that we can do, however, is donate a DNA sample from our afflicted companions to further research to eventually benefit future generations. There's more information here on donating samples, current research and more information on FIP: http://sockfip.org/

As you're already doing, the best care is supportive care. In general, once cats begin having issues breathing...it's time to make that final decision. Removing fluid from the abdomen can buy us time, but it does not fix the problem. Most often, once the abdominal swelling has reached a certain point, lethargy sets in, the pet no longer wishes to eat or drink and the kind thing is to allow them a pain-free passing.

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I am concerned about the 10 year because he has a Hx of herpes. Any concerns? Also after throughly cleaning the house litter pans etc what is the waiting period for a new cat-- not a kitten, we are looking at 2 years or older?
Cat Vet: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 2 years ago

Herpes is usually a latent infection and although he may have herpes, it should not hinder him from being able to avoid FIP even if he were to be exposed. The odd case would probably be an extremely ill cat, but it would be my presumption that you likely wouldn't have added a kitten to your home if he were so ill. It's almost unheard of for a cat over 5 to acquire FIP. However, there's no way for us to stop it from happening even if this is the case. If you want the best chance a knowing, early bloodwork to obtain baseline results may be of some use. Personally, I would not be concerned until you're given reason to.

The waiting period for a new cat is entirely up to you, but obtaining an adult is likely to be the wisest move. Again, FIP cases are rare so even if your elderly cat were exposed to the kitten and later exposed a new cat, it would be uncommon for it to develop into FIP. Not impossible, but very unlikely. I would say any age after 2 would give you the best chance of avoiding a future FIP case.

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Cat Vet: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 2 years ago
Hi Amanda,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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Cat Vet: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 2 years ago

Good morning, Amanda, checking in to see how things are going and if you have any additional questions I can help with.

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