My Kitten has FIP! Please Help, I'm so devastated

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  1. yenajeon profile image74
    yenajeonposted 13 years ago

    So my kitten has tested positive for FIP. According to my vet there is nothing I can do for him at all.
    But he's so adorable and the love of my life. She has given him approx. a few weeks but its been past a few weeks.

    Has anyone ever had experience with a cat who had FIP and made it? I know this sounds off but arent there alternative medicines I can try?
    Like Shark Liver Oil?

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      kbs123posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Hi - I have a 4-year old female diagnosed in August 2009 with dry FIP doing quite well.  Her course of treatment includes human interferon, aluminum hydroxide, and a cocktail of cypro/famo/and cisapride in capsule form.  She also receives an polyprenyl immunostilmulant manufactured by Sass & Sass out of Tennessee three times per week.  She is doing GREAT!  Feel free to contact me for specifics.  I live in Florida.  FIP IS SURVIVABLE.

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        lchiltonposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Wondering if you and your kitten are doing well now?I also have kitten with FIP and need support and formula for success for stopping virus.Can you offer address of where you learned of this treatment amd who can help?

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        Petra Lunaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Hi - my cat just got diagnosed with FIP and the vet said that there is nothing we can do. now, reading the post, it seems that there IS some treatment? How is your kitty now after two years of treatment? Please - any help and information would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks,

  2. Alessia Amnesia profile image60
    Alessia Amnesiaposted 13 years ago

    What's FIP?

    1. Jeffrey Neal profile image73
      Jeffrey Nealposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I think it is a feline immune deficiency similar to AIDS in humans. We lost a cat several years ago because of it.

    2. Cagsil profile image79
      Cagsilposted 13 years agoin reply to this
      1. Alessia Amnesia profile image60
        Alessia Amnesiaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks, Cagsil smile

        Took an excerpt from the site he showed me:

        "Unfortunately, there is no known cure or effective treatment for FIP at this time. Some treatments may induce short-term remissions in a small percentage of cats; however, FIP is a fatal disease. Treatment is generally aimed at supportive care, such as good nursing care and nutrition, and alleviating the inflammatory response of the disease. Cats with FIP are often treated with corticosteroids, cytotoxic drugs, and antibiotics. Supportive care may also include fluid therapy, draining accumulated fluids, and blood transfusions.

        Research is ongoing to find other immunosuppressive drugs that may slow down the progress of the disease. Attempts are also being made to find antiviral drugs that will prevent or slow down the replication of the virus. One promising approach currently being studied combines both an antiviral agent and an immune response modifier."

  3. Cagsil profile image79
    Cagsilposted 13 years ago

    I'm sorry to hear. sad

  4. Cagsil profile image79
    Cagsilposted 13 years ago

    Feline Infectious Peritonitis

  5. Cagsil profile image79
    Cagsilposted 13 years ago

    You're welcome Alessia. smile

  6. JD Jackson profile image60
    JD Jacksonposted 13 years ago

    yenajeon - My thoughts and prayers are with you. The 4 legged beauties are my babies and are precious. Mine never had FIP but other afflictions and so i can understand your pain. For one of mine I tried acupuncture and that stabilized the symptoms and also helped the immune system. Your vet may know of some as they are very specialized.

  7. yenajeon profile image74
    yenajeonposted 13 years ago

    thanks to everyone for the info and help. I have spent countless days and night researching and contacting different vets but no one is offering anything that resembles a cure.
    Besides intensely boosting him up with drugs.

    The acupuncture idea is a very very good idea. Thanks so much! I'll look into it

  8. equine profile image68
    equineposted 11 years ago

    Just like with aids, there is no cure.  You can make his comfortable generally by helping him treat some of his symptoms.  The biggest thing is that he should not be kept with any kitties that do not have FIP.  Cats play with claws and teeth, and he should not exchange blood with others.

    It is a very sad disease and a huge killer of many of our feline friends.  Just like with aids, there is no cure and it will always be in his system. 

    There is a vaccine to prevent the disease.  I know in very young cats, it may not be effective yet... but the vaccine has been shown to be effective.

  9. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 11 years ago

    Longevity is possible with the drugs and unlikely without them, just as with the human equivalent.

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    icountthetimesposted 11 years ago

    So very sorry to hear this sad.

  11. DonnaCosmato profile image94
    DonnaCosmatoposted 11 years ago

    I don't know if this will be helpful to you or not, but I've done some interviews with veterinarians who are experts on the topic of FIP and published them here on HubPages. I'm truly sorry to hear that your precious baby has this and I'm praying for the best.

  12. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 11 years ago

    The cat should be kept indoors and away from other cats, a good veterinarian will advise you about treatments like prednisone which can extend life by down-regulating the immune system. There may be a reason why it cannot be used with your cat, but it does not hurt to ask about your options--especially once you have had time to deal with the terrible news and think about it more systematically. I would suggest making an appointnment and going back without the cat to discuss it.

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    icountthetimesposted 11 years ago

    I'm very sorry to hear about this. However, you really do sound like a very caring pet owner, so I for one am happy that the kitten is with you and in good hands.


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