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FIP more common in larger multi cat households????

March 26th 2012 10:00 pm
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is more common in larger multi cat households.
That is what mom read to day in this article about FIP
This bothered mom because we were a household of 6 then we were 5 and mom brought in Ivey and then then Boo got sick. This was not the only
FIP article we read that states the more the cats the higher the chances of FIP.
We are just asking our multi cat household friends, have you ever dealt with this disease? It does not matter to Boo or I but mom might one day down the road see a cat or kitten that needs a home and if the chances of one of her now kitties having FIP surface is greater by the number of kitties in the house then it would be harder to give another kitty a home. Mind you mom is not even considering a cat right now but now this must be a consideration if it is a true statement. I know most of our friends have more than one fur baby please tell us if any of you have ever experienced this dreaded disease in your household at any time and if so did you experience it more than one.

Purred by: Tigger ~ Loved Forever (Catster Member)

March 26th 2012 at 10:16 pm

Hi Sweetie,

I don't know much about FIP, but my mom has a friend who might know something. She sent her an email and I will get back with you. Sending my love and purrs to you and your mama. FIP is a horrible and heartbreaking disease. My heart breaks for all of you to go through it.

Purred by: Norman DB#93 2001-2013 (Catster Member)

March 26th 2012 at 10:34 pm

We lost a furbaby to FIP in 2009, meowmy joined a Yahoo Support Group for FIP back then and has stayed in the group to continue learning more about FIP. Our vet estimates that as much as 95% of all cats carry the corona virus that mutates into FIP, most can shed it and never become sick. There seems to be a lot of factors involved determining which cats can shed the virus and which become sick, genetics, age, stressors are just a few. It is basically impossible to prevent, but limiting stress, keeping litter boxes extra clean may help a little. So many vets are quick to point to FIP when they can't find the real cause easily and there are other auto-immune diseases that mimic FIP. As far as we know the one case of FIP is all we have had, even though it is most likely probable all or most all of our family has been exposed to the corona virus.
The FIP Support group is here, there is also a FIP Fighter group on facebook. atSupport/
Purred by: alley cat angel (Catster Member)

March 26th 2012 at 10:43 pm

HI Tigger thanks for checking we love you too, hope you are feeling well. We look forward to hearing from you thanks for being a pawsome friend.

Norman so good to hear from you thanks for the group address we are checking out all kinds of support groups and this one might be good one for us, we love you and I know you have battled health isseues too hope you are doing well.
Purred by: Alfie - Angel DB#14 (Catster Member)

March 27th 2012 at 3:56 am

I have had a multicat household since 1989 and Alfie was the only case I have had and hopefully it will stay that way. I had both my other two cats tested for coronavirus after Alfie died, but they both came back clear leading me to believe that Alfie must have been exposed to it elsewhere. Our vet thought that maybe he could have contracted it from his mother, but as nobody knew who his mother was (his litter were all abandoned at around 4-5 days old) there was no way to tell. I have followed read a lot of what Dr Addie at Glasgow University says. Here is the link:
Glasgow University is where the blood samples were sent to test Dave and Ollie for the virus.
There is some really good research being done regarding FIP but sadly a cure and vaccine is still some way off.
Purred by: Skylar db#39A (Catster Member)

March 27th 2012 at 6:24 am

We have read similar things and it scares us because we are a larger multi-cat household.
When Skylar started sneezing last week, it a was the first thing she thought of.
Mom does try to keep everything super clean for us. Litter boxes are scooped several times a day and are frequently scrubbed with a mix of clorox and dawn dish washing detergent. Our food and water bowls are cleaned in piping hot water (Mom wishes we had a dishwasher to really sterilize them)
WE are really interested in hearing everyone's thoughts.
Purred by: Orange Ruffy (Catster Member)

March 27th 2012 at 7:00 am

Norman, absolutely!
Our vet is always quick to point out that there are many Corona viru's, including FIV, which I am positive for. She said that enough research surrounding FIP has simply not concluded that large cat families are 'carriers'. That said, Mom worries, but it can't stop us from living, and enjoying life. Mom tries to feel us good food, and we have a lovely warm if small home, and we are loved.

More research is needed, and there are several places doing it to see what can be done.
Purred by: ZEEKE dreamboat #40a (Catster Member)

March 27th 2012 at 10:01 am

We have lost three kitties to FIP. It is a very sad disease. Each kitty we lost had slightly different symptoms at the begining. So far the best info we have found on this is from Cornell University. They are working hard to come up with a way to treat it. The way meowmy thinks of FIP is like this. Most kitties are exposed to the corona virus at some point in their lives, most it doesn't bother. In some it changes, becomes FIP. Meowmy thinks it probably happens when the kitty has an unknown or underlying problem, that the virus takes advantage of to mutate. This is not scientific at all and Meowmy may be wrong, but that is how she thinks of it. So She tries to keep us all as healthy, happy , & stress free as possible. Hopefully we will never experience it again and one day there will be a vaccine, cure or at least treatment. Keeps your paws crossed, think positive thoughts or pray if you are so inclined. Big hugs to you Boo boo's Mommy we know it is hard thinking about your baby and worrying about your other furries. Just love them as much as you can for as long as you can. HUGZ.


Zeeke & the crew & Meowmy
Purred by: WeBeesSiameezers (Catster Member)

March 27th 2012 at 6:40 pm

OMC! This is just so sad. We have lost kitties in our furmily, but not to this horrid disease.
So we have no wisdom to send you. But we sure hope it never enters your furmily again.
Purring and pawyering for your comfort, during these difficult days.
Purred by: Teebo - Angel Dreamboat #66 (Catster Member)

March 27th 2012 at 7:42 pm

I don't know much about FIP, but wanted to lend you support and give you some hugs and purrs.
Purred by: alley cat angel (Catster Member)

March 27th 2012 at 7:47 pm

Thanks Teebo good to hear from you.
Thanks to all my friends for your thoughts and the information mom did so much reading after I got FIP it seems like she should be an expert on the disease then now 1.5 years later she is reading it all again and it doesn't seem like there is really any new developments or new information since we first heard about it.
Purred by: ♥ Jezebel RIP ♥ (Catster Member)

March 27th 2012 at 10:16 pm

I don't know very much about FIP, but like Teebo, I wanted to send some purrs and say hi. It's a scary disease.
Purred by: Lisa P

March 28th 2012 at 10:08 am

I hope this link goes through but Zeke is right. Our contact at UC Davis gave us this link on their research into genetics and FIP:
Purred by: Lisa P

March 28th 2012 at 10:11 am

I hope this link goes through but Zeke is right. Our contact at UC Davis gave us this link on their research into genetics and FIP:
Purred by: Lisa P

March 28th 2012 at 10:12 am

Since I can't ever seem to add links to this website anymore, grrrrr, I'm going to pawmail you a link to UC Davis for FIP research in genetics.
Purred by: Zoe Kona Sunshine DG#2 (Catster Member)

March 28th 2012 at 7:06 pm

I do believe along with Norman, that FIP is diagnosed more often in confusion and haste. Sad really.

We don't know much but what few articles we have read.

Mom wanted to tell your Mom not to use this article to beat yourself over. The "what if's" are useless stressers in life. They make you feel guilty and you'll never get the answer your searching for. Love you.
Purred by: Purincess Miranda (Catster Member)

March 29th 2012 at 11:05 am

Wez don't know anything 'bout FIP, but this about large kitty homes makes mom kinda scared. Specially since we is all now inside. Even if there is correlation with large kitty families and FIP, what would we do? Maybe it is just that the more there are, the greater the chances are of having a kitty with FIP, not that having many kitties actually brings it on or weakens them in some way. Still makes me real nervous!
Purred by: Smokey Joe Angel Dreamboat #9 (Catster Member)

March 29th 2012 at 5:23 pm

I had FIP. That is what got me here to the Bridge. But I am not certain it has anything to do with the number of kits you have? Norman is right, though. The odds of one of your kits having it would greatly increase if the kits in your household was bigger. But we really can't think about that when we bring new kittens into our homes. All we can do is love them and purrpreciate the time we all have with them. That is solid fact. Makes us nervous too, Miranda~! Still we just never know.

Love 'n kisses,
Smokey Joe
Baby Boy Blue
Purred by: Tiger (Catster Member)

November 15th 2012 at 7:17 am

When I was 11 months old, I lost my Uncle Buster to FIP. He started getting sick not long after I came inside. Buster was always a think cat and he didn't like to eat much. One day he started acting funny, and didn't want to be petted or bothered with people or other fursiblings. Some days he was ok and other days he was lethargic. The vet didn't know what was wrong for a long time. Then a different vet that specializes in treating cats made the diagnosis. Buster lived about two weeks after that. The vet mentioned that it's likely that he received the virus from his mother and didn't have a good immune system. I was the newest arrival to the household, which already included Beauty and Tiny. Mommy was and is still worried about me because I was little when Buster was sick. She worries every time I sneeze, even though Buster never sneezed. Buster was very loved and very well cared for. Everybody still cries for him because he never had a chance to grow up. But at least he was cared for and went to the bridge after living in a loving home where he was safe.


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