- Hi.. this reply from Debbie was for the group..:)
I had the same concern about my cat Nigel. He has megacolon, and when I
posted to the yahoo megacolon group, they said that the FIP test is not very
accurate. Most cats get exposed to it at some point in their lives so
they'll have antibodies, which does not mean they're infected.
The FIP test was done before megacolon was diagnosed, and when xrays were
done that showed the megacolon, there was no further talk of FIP.
FIP is more of a problem for kittens with weak immune systems.
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- Hi Debbie and All;
The best site for up to date information is anything that comes out on Dr
As she puts it on that website, FIP can be a "consequence" of coronavirus
which is what is common in cats. The test for Coronavirus is what
veterinarians can do, but it can't tell you whether the cat has flipped to
FIP, which only happens with unusual stresses on the body, (physical,
The Winn Foundation also has good information and they are talking about
possible treatment for the dry form, however, again, it is hard to diagnose
in order to know what one should be treating the cat for:
"Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a baffling and clinical important
disease of cats caused by a virulent biotype of feline coronavirus. Despite
the fact that the disease is relatively common, veterinarians are faced with
a frustrating dilemma because there are no individual tests that are
reliable for the diagnosis of FIP, the clinical picture is highly variable,
and there is no known effective treatment."
Hopefully that will clear up any misunderstandings about this disease, and
AFAIK the best preventive is to ensure you have clean litter boxes and the
cats have a steady predictable routine that doesn't cause sudden fear or
major stress. THAT would be how an immune system would be vulnerable, but I
have never seen FIP described as below in several years of moderating a
We have two cats with weakened immune systems, (FIV+ and former diabetic),
but I have no worries that they will contract FIP because even though we
have a multi cat household, we have eliminated any way that Coronavirus
could flourish. Even when we moved and Hamlet spiralled out of control with
his diabetes, I was not in fear of him contracting FIP at all.
Pat and all the boys
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> I had the same concern about my cat Nigel. He has megacolon, and when I
> posted to the yahoo megacolon group, they said that the FIP test is not
> accurate. Most cats get exposed to it at some point in their lives so
> they'll have antibodies, which does not mean they're infected.
> FIP is more of a problem for kittens with weak immune systems.