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How is FIP and COVID-19 similar?

Updated: Oct 3, 2023

FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) and COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, have some similarities, but they are different in terms of the affected species, transmission, and impact on public health. And because of this similarity, treatment for COVID-19 often works very well for FIP. Let's explore the similarities and differences:

  1. Coronaviruses: Both FIP and COVID-19 are caused by different strains of coronaviruses. FIP is caused by a mutated form of the Feline Coronavirus (FCoV), while COVID-19 is caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

  2. Species-Specific: FIP primarily affects domestic cats and some wild felids, while COVID-19 primarily affects humans. FIP is a disease exclusive to cats, and humans cannot contract FIP from cats.

  3. Transmission: FIP is not considered a zoonotic disease, meaning it cannot be transmitted from cats to humans. It spreads among cats through the fecal-oral route and close contact with infected individuals. On the other hand, COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease, and human-to-human transmission is the primary mode of spread, usually through respiratory droplets.

  4. Impact on Public Health: COVID-19 has a significant impact on public health, leading to a global pandemic with widespread transmission and severe illness in some individuals. FIP, on the other hand, is primarily a concern for cat owners and the feline population but does not pose a public health risk.

  5. Clinical Manifestations: FIP and COVID-19 have different clinical manifestations. FIP can present as either wet (fluid accumulation) or dry (organ lesions) forms, with various symptoms affecting multiple organ systems in cats. COVID-19 primarily affects the respiratory system in humans, with symptoms ranging from mild respiratory illness to severe pneumonia and other complications.

  6. Diagnosis and Treatment: Diagnosing FIP can be challenging as there is no test that is 100% accurate, but fortunately treatment can be very affordable in the early and middle stages of FIP using our very own treatment at

In summary, FIP and COVID-19 are both caused by coronaviruses but affect different species and have distinct modes of transmission and impacts on public health. While FIP is specific to cats and does not pose a risk to humans, COVID-19 is a global health concern affecting human populations worldwide. It is essential to follow appropriate measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 among humans and practice good hygiene when handling cats to prevent the spread of other potentially harmful microorganisms.

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