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July 4th, 2012, 01:50 AM

I have a black boy cat. He just turned three. He was born on a ranch in Wyoming and was given to me by my sister when he was 8 weeks old. I also have his sister. She is doing very fine. A bit overweight, with glossy hair and energy. I first noticed that Hercules (boy cat) was losing weight a few months ago. I thought it was due to the diet food I put them on. They used to be indoor/outdoor cats, but for the last year they have been strictly indoor kitties and were putting on some least girl kitty was. Three weeks ago, I noticed that he developed a cloud in his left eye. I brought him into the vet. He was given an eye exam and a blood test. He tested negative for FIV and FLV. However, his homoglobins and white blood cells were high. That is when the idea of FIP was first introduced. We went to an eye specialist. She found nothing in his eye on first shot. She said the homoglobins were not as high as they usually are with FIP, but still high for concern. White blood cells were quite high. He tested positive for the corona virus. He has been on an eye steroid for two and half weeks and omoxicillin for two weeks, there has been no change in his eye. Eye cloud covers bottom of eye and part of iris and is dotted with blood spots. He sleeps much of the day, his coat is not as glossy as sisters, and he is still thin. However, he is still eating (After much experimentation, I finally found a wet cat food he will eat), he grooms himself, purrs, and drinks water. Is there anything else that may be wrong with his eye instead of FIP? The vet wants to do another blood test to see if his homoglobins are down. I can do that, but money is tight after multiple cat visits. Potentially, they want to do an ultrasound to check for fluid. At this point, if it is FIP (I would prefer it do not be), I think it is the dry form. Any thoughts or help would be greatly appreciated. He is my boy.

(sorry for the length. i'm detail oriented.)

July 4th, 2012, 07:48 AM
His eye could be due to an injury. When you say it is clouded do you mean the third membrane is covering part of his eye? Injury is even more likely if it is only one eye. The other symptoms don't jive with soley an eye injury though.

FIP is very hard to diagnose with false positives common, at least when we dealt with it several years ago. FIP is sometimes likened to AIDS in cats because some can be carriers all their lives and have no deletorious symptoms themselves. Till something prompts a a flare-up. They can pass it to other cats.

I think you haven't much choice other than to go along with more tests. it sounds as if you know the wet form is more dangerous.

I urge you to read as much as you can. Not all Vets are knowledgable about FIP. We had a stray for one week and had to put him down due to wet form FIP. A feral kitten we took in some time later and homed was found to have FIP at only 6 months old. The Vet in that case told my friend, who had the kitten, that there was nothing more to be done and he should be euthanized. Thank heavens that friend got back to me and someone else involved with this kitten and we told him the same thing I am now telling you. That kitten, Willie :), is now 6 years old and a happy, contented, healthy cat. but he does carry FIP. Hope this helps.

July 4th, 2012, 12:06 PM
Thanks for the reply. I have been doing as much research as I can. My doc sort of knows a bit about the disease. The specialist seems more familiar. The cloud in his eye is in the eye. Looks trapped in their. It has a bit of depth. Like a grey cloud, spotted with red blood dots.

July 7th, 2012, 05:39 PM
Thanks for the reply. I have been doing as much research as I can. My doc sort of knows a bit about the disease. The specialist seems more familiar. The cloud in his eye is in the eye. Looks trapped in their. It has a bit of depth. Like a grey cloud, spotted with red blood dots.

My cat is having spasms, and difficulty with his back legs. He tested positive for the Corona Virus too, and had a high titer. I have tested him for everything possible thus far, and they still don't really know what's wrong so they've said it's probably the dry form of FIP. Who knows? FIP seems to be a diagnosis they give cats when they don't know what's wrong. Kind of like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in people. I hope my cat doesn't have FIP but there is nothing I can do if he does. I've just been spoiling him rotten, and as long as he is happy, I'm happy. I try not to think about the future. He first started getting muscle spasms (constant) back in April. It's now July. He still seems happy. And there are no tests left to do other than a CT scan (which is unlikely to find anything that can be treated), and a Spinal Tap (which is also unlikely to find anything treatable, and is a risky procedure). The way I see it, it's kind of pointless to put him through any stress or danger when the outcome of the tests is grave. I hope your cat gets over his sickness and that your vet has just made a mistake. Take care:(

July 7th, 2012, 06:26 PM
Hercules17 and Lycan709 - I have a suggestion for you both.

My second cat had FeLV, and it was only after his passing that I learned of all the specialized online resources which I could have availed of - in particular, that there are specialized online support groups where guardians of cats with chronic diseases/conditions gather to share experience, information, developments and practical advice. If only I had known about them...I am convinced that my kitty would not have passed when he did, before his time. The collective experience of these groups far outstrips that of anyone's individual Vet. I can assure you that, if I had the possibility of a FIP kitty today - if there were any question/suspicion of it, I would be involved with such a group/s and posting my story there.

There are two separate groups I'm aware of that have FIP as their focus. From my own bookmarks, here they are:

There is current ongoing research into such project was recently profiled here oundation+(Cat+Health+News+from+the+Winn+Feline+Fo undation)&utm_content=Yahoo!+Mail (at the bottom of that page, you'll find a "Search This Blog" box - type in fip and you'll see many other investigational reports at the top of the page

Last Year, The Winn Feline Foundation also held a symposium with leading FIP experts. There are audio recordings of those proceedings here