Zac - suspected FIP

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Purred: Sun Mar 4, '12 2:36pm PST 
I found myself at these forums due to my beloved 2y/o Birman being diagnosed this week with suspected FIP.

I'd never even heard of FIP until 6 days ago. The first signs of Zacs illness was just under 3 wks ago when I rushed him to the vets after he had a seizure. He's had various tests over the past few weeks and although they cant be 100% certain, all the signs point to Dry FIP.

He has non regenerative anaemia and protein count of >120 (norm 50) and his weight over the past few weeks dropped from 4kg to 3.2 kg.

This week hes been started on antibiotics and steroids and some progress is being made in his general well being and his appetite has increased and he's appearing to put on some weight as he'd gone down to skin and bone.

I cant believe that my beautiful, devoted and loving cat is so poorly so young. He's such a clever cat and we really do have a special bond. Im heart broken at the news.

I joined because as a kitten he so looked like oscar, one of whose posts led me here.

I feel that atm Im in limbo.. Im doing what I can for my kitteh.. next vets visit is in 2 days time to check his progression.

Alex (sweet angel girl)

Angel on a- mission!
Purred: Sun Mar 4, '12 4:07pm PST 
I'm so sorry you're going through this. He's just GORGEOUS. Poor sweetheart. I'm so sick of FIP taking so many precious lives. Purring hard for Zac and for you. hug

Orange Ruffy

The Baboo Kitty- has Spoken!
Purred: Sun Mar 4, '12 6:54pm PST 
Purring up a storm.
Don't give up-so long as Zac will fight-remember, miracles happen every day. Vets don't know it all. Our vet said some time ago that sometimes vets call it FIP when they don't know what else to call it. But don't give up-we're purring and praying for you here!


Tigger is my- favorite!
Purred: Tue Mar 6, '12 7:19am PST 
it never hurts to get a second opinion either - just to be sure. Vets are human too. sending massive purrs for you.

D-Max...In- Loving- Memory

One Eyed Wonder
Purred: Tue Mar 6, '12 10:34am PST 
We are purraying for you....I know all about dry FIP...with good nutrition, homeopathic and holistic care and Mom's love and prayers I survived almost a year after my diagnosis..There have been many strides made in treating this horrible disease...

Is your Mom on Facebook???There is a terrific group there for support and help in treating FIP with the latest and newest studies and treatments...P-mail me if you want more info...



Purred: Tue Mar 6, '12 12:26pm PST 
Thank you all for your kind thoughts.

Zac has been to the vets today and is now 3.3kg. Its not his usual 4kg, but at least he's not lost any more weight (last week 3.2kg).

The steroids and antibiotics did seem to help a fair bit and on sunday it was wonderful to hear his mieow back. Yesterday wasnt so good, but vet said that could well fit in with the injections wearing off.

He's had more shots of steroids and antibiotics today, and in 3 days time I will start him on Mirtazapine tablets to help his appetite. (mid way between the steroid shots).

He has been checked by all of the vets in the practice who all suspect FIP. His usual vet apparently suspected it a week prior but didnt want to say anything until another set of tests results came back from the lab.

Ive also spoken to another vet who is a personal friend of one of Zacs Mums friends. Same thing really no 100% confirmation but looking like it. It was this vet who suggested Mirtazapine to see if we could get his weight back up. His own vet is happy to try anything rather than loose Zac.

I have to take him back to the vets next Tues, when they will keep him for a couple of hours and take full bloods (3rd set) to see if there are any changes.

Orange Ruffy

The Baboo Kitty- has Spoken!
Purred: Wed Mar 7, '12 7:49am PST 
Purring and purring for Zac....

Angel Soc- Dreamboat- #56

sir soc because- he thinks hes- the boss
Purred: Wed Mar 7, '12 11:36am PST 
Purrs and prayers for Zachug

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Purred: Thu Mar 22, '12 4:55pm PST 
I am right here with you - going through the same thing with my maine coon kitten.
Steroids and antibiotics as well ...

They say they believe it is FIP , he has high titers for it and terrible symptoms. We think it is dry.
Blood is being sent to Antech tomorrow though - so we should have more answers.

(I know you 'can' ask your vet to send off the results to Antech or more blood for tests. They have specialists that really deal with FIP and can really help you. Maybe try that like I am now?)

I get to take him home tomorrow if he doesn't have reactions to his meds... I'm really scared and just like you.
Hang in there ... I know i'm trying to

Edited by author Thu Mar 22, '12 4:56pm PST



Purred: Tue Oct 16, '12 10:55am PST 

If your cat seems ill and your vet says it has dry form of FIP, *insist* they do a blood test for liver shunt. My cat Andy was insisted for seven years to have dry FIP and just last week we found out too late is was in fact Liver Shunt after bringing him to an internal medicine specialist. It took a blood test and an ultrasound to confirm a positive diagnosis. Sadly it was too late for my son, Andy. But had my momma not fought so hard for him the vets would have euthanized him long ago for a disease he never had. Liver shunt symptoms are very similar to dry form of FIP. BUT Liver Shunt can be treated either surgically for a full recovery or medically to help them live a more comfortable and often time long life.

Common clinical signs of liver shunt include:
Poor growth
Lack of appetite
Trouble waking from anesthesia
Inter mittent blindness
Mental & neurological abnormalities such as sudden aggression, mental dullness, pressing head against objects

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