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Old April 29th, 2004, 12:06 PM
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FIP - feline infectious peritonitis - Answered by Dr. Van Lienden

From what I've read, I'm thinking that Lucy might have FIP (the wet form). Is there any reliable testing that can be done that would indicate FIP? I have found a few good websites on FIP and from what I gather, Lucy has most of the symptoms:fever, anemia, diarrhea, pot belly, upper respiratory infections. Are low white blood cell counts and anemia indicative of any certain disease? The vet thought that the cause of Lucy's anemia was feeding her the chicken which doesn't have iron. She said other than that, she doesn't know what could be causing the anemia...there's no blood in her stools and after all the different antibiotics, she shouldn't have any more parasites. I've been thinking about little Lucy all day and just thought i'd ask you all before I bother the vet again According to the vet, Lucy could have FIP, Panleukopenia or a combination of viral infections. Are FIP and Panleukopenia common?
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Old April 29th, 2004, 12:35 PM
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Good questions!!!!!
I got zero answers sorry! I just want little Lucy to get better......is that a long term disease? Or can it be cured?
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Old April 29th, 2004, 01:37 PM
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The test for FIP is not 100% accurate as is the vaccine for it. That is why it is so hard to find a vet that will even test. I have seen more than I can count of FIP kitties. Sometimes a vet can aspirate a sticky protein type fluid from a cats abdomen. It cannot be cured and is highly contagious.
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Old April 29th, 2004, 01:46 PM
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I'm hoping that the woman I got her from, who supposedly ran a "humane society", will get back to me. Not much of a humane society if she thought Lucy was healthy and normal...she has been sick since the day I got brought her home. I can remember the woman saying that if she tested positive for FeLV, to bring her back to her instead of putting her to sleep. This woman is downright against vaccinations, which makes me even more sure that Lucy has one of those highly contagious diseases I mentioned in my previous post. She took in sick cats and according to her, took care of them until they died. She didn't believe in antibiotics either. Lucy was confined to a bathroom, but did occassionally have contact with the other cats in the household. I know she probably had infected cats up there with Lucy, it just makes me mad that she would bring kittens into her house, knowing that she had infectious cats and doesn't believe in vaccinations.

Anyway, I left her a message asking if any of the cats in her house have FIP, Panleukopenia or anything for that matter and hopefully she will call me back!
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Old April 29th, 2004, 04:01 PM
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Tc,I think you might have something there,I looked it up in my cat-book "The Noble Cat"and the symptoms for FIP sounds just about exactly as what little Lucy has...I would ask the vet if she even thought about it.
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Old April 29th, 2004, 04:26 PM
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The vet thought that it was a possibility but wasn't sure because it is usually fatal and Lucy is full of energy. I just spoke to the woman from the humane society, and i should've realized that she wouldn't know if the cats in her possession have anything because she doesn't believe in testing for ANYTHING!!!! She told me not to give Lucy antibiotics and just let her live her life...seems kinda cruel to me.
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Old April 29th, 2004, 04:30 PM
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FIP is such a sad disease. Kittens rarely make it to adulthood. When an an adult cat contracts it all you can do is give supportive care.
Your vet may be able to do a titer test and see if she has been exposed.
I am not sure if a titer test applies with FIP but it is a simple blood test .
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Old April 29th, 2004, 08:50 PM
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Oh no,TC I did not know it is fatal,in the book it says the DRY FIP is fatal,not the wet FIP.I hope that is not what our Lucy has,seeing she is alert and active... Hugs for Lucy
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I can't offer any advise as I know absolutely nothing about it!

I am so sorry sweet Lucy and you are still battling health issues.

Have you considered a specialist?
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FIP - feline infectious peritonitis

A number of conditions can cause anemia and neutropenia (low white cell count), certainly viral infections would be at the top of the diagnostic list. Feline leukemia, feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) would be my first thoughts.

Feline panleukopenia is a parvo virus and if vaccination was done, then adequate protection should result. The definitive test for FIP is a biopsy of lymph node/ bowel/ etc.; blood titers are equivocal because they are not definitive. Unfortunately FIP is lethal once symptoms are manifest. Any illness, if chronic, can induce anemia. There is about a five percent incidence of FIP in North America; feline panleukopenia is unusual in adequately vaccinated cats.

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