Q: Has anyone had a cat diagnosed with FIP and had another cat in the household?
September 20, 2008 | By Anonymous | 3 answers | Expired: 2686 days ago
If so, were there certain steps you took to ensure the surviving cat's health? Do you worry your surviving cat will someday suddenly show symptoms of FIP as well?
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Sep 21, 2008
I adopted two kittens together two months ago, and sadly, after just five weeks, I had to put one down due to FIP. Although I have also read that it can't necessarily be transmitted cat to cat, the vet recommended that I wait six months before adopting another cat. Another local rescue group also said I'd have to wait that long before they would let me adopt. So far Starsky shows no signs of anything being wrong. :-)
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Sep 20, 2008
You absolutely must check out the link that DocJill gave you. I've visited it as I lost a kitten to the wet form of FIP and it's wonderful. Also, just to reassure you, just because one of your cats has it doesn't mean the other will get it too. That school of thought is an old one. FIP is actually caused by a Corona virus which is sort of like a cold virus in humans. If the corona virus, which is usually not deadly, begins to make errors in duplication it can sero-mutate into FIPV which can lead to FIP. Unfortunately, certain cats can be genetically pre-disposed to getting FIP. This is because their own immune system reacts to the virus by attacking their own organs. Your other cat may not have this pre-disposistion. There is not much you can do for your surviving cat since the cat has already been exposed to the virus. I believe that FIP usually affects cats in the first 2 years of their life. Some can develop it later in life but it is less common. Stress can bring it out so you can try to keep your cat stress free, but I wouldn't worry about it overly much. Odds are, your surviving cat will be fine. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
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