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How to Identify FIP Cats

How to Identify FIP Cats

Feline Infectious Peritonitis or FIP cats is a serious and often fatal illness in cats caused by  Feline Coronavirus (FCoV). Early detection and treatment are crucial to ensuring the best possible outcome and recovery of affected cats. This article will discuss the steps you can take to identify FIP in your cat.

FIP in Cats Symptoms

FIP symptoms can vary greatly, depending on the form of the virus. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Fever

  • Loss of appetite

  • Weight loss

  • Abdominal swelling

  • Coughing

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Fluid accumulation in the chest or abdominal cavity

Diagnostic Tests for FIP Cats

To confirm a diagnosis of FIP in your cat, several tests should be performed. These tests include:

  • FCOV AB Test: This test looks for antibodies to the virus that causes FIP.

  • Rivalta Test: This test is performed if there is fluid accumulation in the abdominal cavity.

  • Hematology and Chemistry Blood Tests: These tests help to confirm levels of albumin, globulin, liver and kidney values.

  • Ultrasound (USG): This test is used to confirm fluid in the abdominal cavity.

FIP CatsDiagnostic Tests for FIP - Image Source: Pexels

FIP Treatment

FIP was once considered a death sentence for cats. However, with the availability of GS-441524 treatment, the prognosis for FIP cats has greatly improved. This treatment has been proven effective in treating FIP, and it is now possible for cats with FIP to lead long and healthy lives. If you suspect that your cat has FIP, it is important to consult with a veterinarian as soon as possible to ensure prompt and effective treatment.

Diagnostic FIP Treatment
When the condition arises where all of the diagnostic tests do not clearly indicate if a cat is FIP likely, but the cat is exhibiting FIP symptoms, a diagnostic treatment will be recommended.

Diagnostic treatment, which is to give the cat FIP treatment for about 2 weeks - and determine if the cat is responding well to the treatment

2 scenarios:

  • Cat responds well to the treatment - this will confirm the FIP of the cat and the treatment will need to be completed for 84days

  • Cat does not respond to the treatment- this shows that the drug is not helping the cat and it is likely the cat does not have FIP, further diagnosis will be advised

FIP Cats is a serious illness that can have a devastating impact on cats. By understanding the symptoms and diagnostic tests for FIP, you can take the necessary steps to protect your cat from this serious condition. If you suspect that your cat has FIP, we recommend consulting with us at Basmi FIP via WhatsApp for further information on treatment options.

Sekiranya kucing anda menunjukkan gejala FIP, bawa mereka ke doktor haiwan terdekat anda untuk diagnosis dan rawatan yang betul. Jika anda mempunyai sebarang soalan atau kebimbangan mengenai FIP dan rawatannya, jangan teragak-agak untuk menghubungi kami di WhatsApp Basmi FIP atau lawati Instagram kami untuk mendapatkan maklumat lanjut. Anda juga boleh membaca panduan komprehensif mengenai pengendalian FIP pada kucing dengan mengklik di sini.

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