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Is FIP transmissible to humans?

Updated: Oct 3, 2023

No, Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is not transmissible to humans. FIP is caused by a specific strain of the Feline Coronavirus (FCoV), which cannot infect or cause disease in humans. FCoV is a feline-specific virus that does not cross species barriers.


While FCoV can be shed in the feces and respiratory secretions of infected cats, it poses no risk to human health. It is important to note that FCoV is relatively common among domestic cats, and many cats have been exposed to the virus at some point in their lives without developing FIP.


However, it is still recommended to practice good hygiene when handling cats, including washing your hands thoroughly after interacting with them, cleaning litter boxes regularly, and avoiding contact with the bodily fluids of infected cats. These measures help prevent the transmission of other potentially harmful microorganisms that can be present in cat feces or respiratory secretions, even though FCoV itself is not a concern for human health.


If you have any concerns about your health or the health of your cat, it is always best to consult with a healthcare professional or veterinarian for personalized advice and guidance.

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