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Age: 13 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 10 lbs.

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Fi, Fifi, Fifi-Longstockings, baby girl

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

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Quick Bio:
-cat rescue

Gotcha Date:
September 16th 2008

April 30th 2003

Black and White

Being petted, Greenies, Boink's Liver and Pawsley Treats, Donder's Salmon treats, and we'll probably find out more later on.

Ssscat. We used it to keep her in one room while she gets useto the new place, since this change is overwhelming, and she dives under the bed whenever it goes off (I've turned it off since, poor girl).

Favorite Toy:
So far she doesn't really have a favorite toy, but we'll find out later on.

Favorite Nap Spot:
Anywhere quiet and near us.

Favorite Food:
She eats Taste of the Wild, only the best Smoked Salmon and Roasted Venison for her!

She seems full of talent, but things are still new- so we'll revisit that when things calm down.


Arrival Story:
Since our Kishka died at the end of July we sort of haphazardly looked for a new cat to fill our hearts. But we weren't really ready, so we just looked online at the rescue we decided we would find our kitty at. We noticed Fiona from the start. But we weren't ready until Sept. 16, 2008. And when we looked back to the PAL Humane Society's website there was a new kitten, called Sunshine. She was a pretty Orange Tabby kitten, but wasn't available anylonger (hope she found a wonderful home!). But we were more than welcomed to still come in, and take a look at the adult kitties they had available. And of course Fiona was one of them, so the first kitty that had caught our eye- turned out to be the kitty of our dreams. She loves to be held, she loves attention and kisses, and loves being the center of attention. She is everything we could have hoped for, and we look forward to many many years with our darling Fiona.

We don't know much about her history. She came from a shelter that shut down, the shelter we found her at was called and told to come get her and the other cats, or they would be taken to the pound. She came to the shelter we found her at in April, and she appears to be 5 years old (though there was some confusion about that, she was listed as 2 years, but the shelter's vet said she was more like 5 years old). Can't imagine why she wasn't adopted sooner, but we are glad we had a chance to bring her into our family!

Lives Remaining:
9 of 9

New strange things:
Fiona has begun to go into the bathroom and get into the tub, when there is no water (because she hates water and freaks out when there is water, and is threatened with a bath), and begins to talk up a storm- just because the bathroom tub has the best acoustics.

I've Been On Catster Since:
September 19th 2008 More than 8 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

Catster Id:

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(In loving
Lady (In
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Kishka (In
loving Memory)
Lady "Ladybug"

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Fiona's Adventures

My heart stopped for 10 minutes.

November 22nd 2008 11:52 am
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My husband's parents are visiting early this coming week, and so I decided that since they won't be around to see how we celebrate Christmas, that I would decorate our house. So while putting the wreath up on the front door (which I stupidly had open), I had an eye on Fiona almost the entire time. But the girl managed to dart out the front door, just as I turned to grab her.

She got out into the courtyard of the duplex, and went sniffing at the neighbor's SUV, went running around when I tried to catch her. It broke my heart that she ran away from me. I darted back into our apartment calling for my husband to help, I couldn't find shoes for myself, so I grabbed the cat's food bag and went back outside to try to shake it to entice her back to me. To no avail. She hid under the cars, and at times she went to the far end of the courthouse where its fenced (thank god she didn't go toward the drive way, which is where there is traffic). It wasn't until my husband got out of the bath, and got his clothes on and came out to help me that we managed to corral her into an area and she tried to dart past me. I managed to catch her as she tried to pass me, and didn't let her go for anything in the world.

She never tried to dart out before, so I didn't think this would happen.. but now I know better. But I can't help but take it hard. Why would she want to leave the nice home we give her? Are we not providing for her adequately? Is she so unhappy? Does she not love us?

We punished her by keeping her in the bathroom during most of the night, I even cleaned her up with cat bath-wipes, trimmed her nails and filed them, gave her her dose of Flagyl, her eye and ear drops, and we cleaned up the bathroom where her litter box is. Now she is skittish and doesn't seem to trust us. I dunno what to think. She keeps meowing so forelornly. I don't know. I just don't know what to do. Should we even bother to keep her? Should we return her to the shelter, since she seems so sad? I just don't know what to do.


We all feel a little lost right now.

October 2nd 2008 7:02 pm
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Okay, I know I've read threads on FIP and websites, but right now every time I try to recall the information I'm lost. I feel like someone stole my brain! I'm not asking for medical advice, she is under the care of her vet and we have another appointment to see her vet in 10 days. But, I just can't seem to grasp this situation, I can't.. understand how this effects my cat, what I should be doing (if anything), how likely it is she is going to die soon.. all of this.

Here are the facts so far:

* We adopted Fiona on 9-18 from a local Humane Society.
* I took her to a vet on 9-19, for her first vet visit to make sure she was a well kitty. I didn't like the vet, he didn't listen to her heart, lungs, didn't use a scope to look into her eyes, or ears, and didn't suggest a fecal exam or blood tests. But he wanted to just blindly deworm her, while treating her for an Upper Respiratory Infection. I said no to the deworming, since the Shelter said they had dewormed her and I didn't want to overwhelm her system. Medication given for URI: Penicillin G Injection, Clavamox drops
* Took her to another vet on 9/22 (Recommended by the Humane Society); like him much better as he looked her over much more in depth, and wanted to do a fecal exam & blood work on her next visit.
* On 9-26 Fiona finished her Clavamox drops.
* Took her back to the vet for her next appointment on 10/1, she had been shaking her head and was still sneezing a little. We did a full blood work-up on her, ear culture, and we brought in the fecal matter for testing. Medications given to treat URI, and probable Ear infection; Injection (I believe penicillin again), Tresederm, Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfates and Dexamethasone Ophthalmic Suspension, and Lincocin Aquadrops
* Today (10/2) I got a call from the vet. Her fecal matter tested positive for Giardia, and they wanted Fiona and I to come in to discuss her blood work results, and get treatment for her Giardia. Her blood work looked fine except for FIP.
Her test results look like:
FCV IFA at 1:400 Positive {1:400 ANTIBODY
FCV IFA at 1:1600 Negative Negative ANTIBODY
Results have been rechecked and verified.
The vet told me that because she tested positive for the first 1:400 test, it meant that she had been exposed to it, but if she had tested positive for the 1:1600 test, that would have meant she had full blown FIP. So we are just going to monitor her to see if she ever tests positive for the 1:1600 test. But I just.. don't understand. Doesn't a cat either have FIP, or not?
Medication given for her Giardia; Injection (I was so stunned by the FIP results, I didn't ask, and the receipt for her treatment doesn't show the name of the injection- but she hated it, whatever it was and nearly bit me because of it), Panacur, Flagyl

I know what we need to do for the Giardia; wash our hands constantly after touching the cat or handling anything she might have gotten saliva or feces on (especially litterbox), and disinfect litterbox extremely well (some sources say use ammonia, others say use one cup bleach in one gallon of water to disinfect) when we change out her litter. I know that Giardia is common in humans, and is sometimes known as Traveler's Diarrhea. Our cat really isn't showing symptoms of Giardia, which I hope means we caught it before it could do damage to her.

But what do I do for her FIP? Honestly, how likely is it she is going to get really sick and die?
I KNOW about Feline AIDS, and Feline Leukemia. But I'm drawing a blank on FIP. I have read so many veterinary medical books on feline health before we even got Fiona, but for the life of me I'm completely clueless on FIP. HELP! Can someone explain it to me, in very simple idiot terms so I can understand? Can someone with a FIP positive cat please tell me what FIP is like.. how they and their cats are living with it, how do you make your cat comfortable, or try and prevent the FIP from getting worse? Can you?

I have read that its a Coronavirus Infection, and that there are two of those: Feline Infectious Peritonitis, and Coronavirus enteritis. Does that mean that unless her test came back positive at 1:1600 that she only has Coronavirus enteritis? Or does it mean she has FIP, but may have only been exposed to it. And what does it mean when she was only exposed to it.. can/will it develop into full blown FIP? I know no one can tell me the future, the future isn't certain.. but chances, likelihood.. are all great helps right now.

I've called the Humane Society to tell them what's going on, they asked me if I was wanting to bring Fiona back... I told them absolutely not. She is our girl now, we love her more than anything now. We couldn't bring her back. She is home now, forever. And if it means she will have to be put down eventually because of this FIP (because it sure does sound nasty), she's going to live a good life up to that point, and die in the arms of those that loved her.. like our previous cat Kishka did. BUT, I wanted them to know in case the other cats were "exposed" as well, since it seems likely. And so that they can treat the cats for Giardia, and do the whole disinfecting thing. They admitted to me over the phone that a couple of their dogs had Giardia, so they wondered about cross contamination being the reason she got it. The adoption councilor I spoke to seemed about as clueless as me about FIP. But I offered, if it helped them at all, to bring in the blood test results for Fiona. And if there was anything else we could do, let us know.

Thankfully the Humane Society provides 30 day ShelterCare pet/vet insurance, so hopefully we will be able to recoup at least some of the $$$ we've spent so far in vet care. (Dear god, I hope so.) And we are considering, seeing as she is FIP positive, getting ShelterCare pet/vet insurance, to help offset any costs we may be running into with Fiona's diagnosis. Thoughts on this would be of great help.

And I hope our experience serves to educate others who adopt/buy any new pet, to get them into a GOOD vet within 24 to 48 hours of getting them- to get these tests done, to find out what you're dealing it, and what treatments are available IF your new pet is sick. What if we had waited on the URI, the ear infection, the Giardia.. well she could have developed something more serious with the URI, lost her hearing from the ear infection, and damaged her intestines because of the Giardia. Not all pets will be this sick, when you buy or adopt a pet. Fiona doesn't show signs of being sick, except for an occasional sneeze and her head shakes. She doesn't have signs of Giardia, or of FIP (as far as I know). And the Shelter had no reason to think she wasn't 100% healthy, but the fact is.. she isn't. And its ripping me apart to know that this poor kitty was at two shelters before we got her, god knows what else before she wound up in a shelter.. and now she could be having to deal with FIP for the rest of her life (and I fear it may be a short life.. damn it all to hell).

I did find an online article, that gives me some hope-- but its off the internet, and you know, no way to verify it unless there is actual people telling me their experiences. But here is the article;
"Question: My six-month old kitten was exposed to another cat who recently passed away from FIP. Marty has tested positive for corona virus with a titer of 1:400. (Hope I'm writing this correctly. I received the information verbally, but I know the numbers are correct.) What might I expect for Marty's future health? Is there anything I can do for him to improve his chances of not developing FIP?


Answer: Laura-

There is no increase in the risk for FIV for cats who have been exposed to feline coronavirus and are exposed to a cat with FIP. This is a little confusing so here goes the best explanation I can come up with:

A cat who has never been exposed to feline coronavirus won't get FIP. Probably around 50 to 60% of cats in single cat households are never exposed to this virus because they miss being exposed when kittens and then have no contact with other cats. In most households with }3 cats, cats from shelters and cats from catteries the exposure rate is much higher, probably }80%.

A cat who is exposed to feline coronavirus and becomes infected has some risk of developing FIP. At this time it appears that feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) occurs when normal feline coronavirus mutates in an individual cat into a form of the virus capable of causing FIP. The exact risk of this happening is hard to pinpoint but it is less than 5% and probably less than that.

So your kitten has a 5% or less risk of developing FIP. The 1:400 titer simply indicates exposure to feline coronavirus and does not help much at all in determining the risk that FIP will develop (except that it would be better if there were no indication of exposure at all).

I am not aware of any preventative measures that you could take to prevent the development of FIP once exposure to feline coronavirus has occurred. The good thing is that probably doesn't matter since the risk is pretty low, anyway.

I hope that luck and the odds work in your favor!

Mike Richards, DVM

A very deep heartfelt thank you to everyone who responds. I could really use any encouragement, advice, experience, anything.. really.



October 1st 2008 5:33 pm
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So on 9-22 we took Fiona to another vet, because we really weren't happy with how the previous vet on 9-19 had been with her. We didn't feel like she got the look over that she should have. Sure, he gave her medicine for an Upper Respiratory Infection, but he didn't really look into her eyes with a scope, or in her ears, or listen to her heart and lungs.

So we took her to this other vet, and he agreed that she had a URI, and he wanted to do a fecal exam before giving her any deworming medication (which made me very happy, since the other vet just wanted to dump medication on her without knowing if she needed it), he also wanted to go a blood test on her the next time we came in. We left the vet that day very pleased with how he looked her over, despite being pressed for time as he was. (This vet's office was packed, the other vet's office was very nearly empty)

And we took her back to her vet today (the good one), because on Friday she had run out of her Clavamox that the other vet gave her for the URI. The vet tech at the other vet (the one from 9-19) said that the medicine should last for 14 days, it only lasted for 7. And Fiona has been shaking her head more and more.

So today the vet got her fecal matter to run tests, and he ordered the Blood Tests (which she went through like a trooper), and did a culture on her ear. He also prescribed her Tresederm, Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfates and Dexamethasone Ophthalmic Suspension, and Lincocin Aquadrops to help get rid of the apparent infection from her ear (she probably had ear mites, and it caused an infection). He also gave her a injection for the infection as well. I call in the morning for her results on the blood test, and fecal test.

I hope my little girl starts to feel better soon.

Also we stopped by Miss Kitty's Barkery with Fiona, and picked up some more Solid Gold tuna, and got a couple more sample packages of Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Feline Formula in case Fiona has trouble eating while on her medication and doesn't want her Solid Gold Katz n' Flocken. We also picked up two packages of Miss Kitty's Barkery's homemade-treats: Boink's Liver and Pawsley Treats, Donder's Salmon treats. And our little Fiona loves both so MUCH!

Right now poor little Fiona is sleeping off the big day she had, after having several treats and being loved on.

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