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What should I do if my cat has FIP?

Updated: Oct 3, 2023

If you suspect that your cat has Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), it is essential to consult a veterinarian immediately. FIP is a complex and challenging disease to diagnose and manage, and the guidance of a veterinary professional is crucial. Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Schedule a Veterinary Visit: Make an appointment with a veterinarian experienced in feline health and infectious diseases. Provide them with a detailed history of your cat's symptoms, behaviors, and any recent changes in their health.

  2. Diagnostic Evaluation: The veterinarian will conduct a thorough physical examination and may recommend additional tests to aid in the diagnosis. These tests may include blood work, imaging (such as X-rays or ultrasound), and analysis of fluid samples (if applicable).

  3. Obtain a Definitive Diagnosis: FIP can be challenging to diagnose definitively, as symptoms can overlap with other feline diseases. In some cases, a definitive diagnosis can only be made through post-mortem examination. Because a post-mortem examination is exactly what we're trying to avoid, it is best to treat your cat preemptively for 30 days. If your cat shows significant improvement in 30 days, you can safely infer that your cat has FIp and to continue for the remainder of the 84-day treatment course.

  4. Treatment and Supportive Care: If your cat has early to middle-stage FIP, there's a silver lining. You're able to treat your cat with a 97% sucess rate using our very own cost-effective medicine at However, at the later stages, your cat's liver starts to fail and won't be able to process oral medicine. You will either have to make daily trips to your veterinarian for 30 days and transition to oral capsules, or you can self-administer the injections yourself with vials provided by for approximately $1,406 for a 30-day partial treatment.

  5. Emotional Support: Receiving a diagnosis of FIP can be emotionally distressing for cat owners. Reach out to friends, family, or support groups to share your feelings and seek comfort. Remember to prioritize your own well-being while caring for your beloved companion.

  6. Monitor and Maintain Quality of Life: Regularly monitor your cat's condition and observe any changes in their behavior, appetite, or comfort level. Ensure they have a calm, stress-free environment and provide them with the necessary physical and emotional support.

  7. Seek Second Opinions or Consult Specialists: If you desire a second opinion or if your veterinarian suggests it, consider seeking consultation from a veterinary specialist or a university veterinary teaching hospital with expertise in feline medicine or infectious diseases. They may offer additional insights or treatment options.

Remember, each cat's situation is unique, and the treatment and management approach may vary. Work closely with your veterinarian to understand your cat's specific needs and options available to provide the best possible care.

While the prognosis for FIP is generally poor, ongoing research aims to develop improved diagnostic tools and potential treatments. Participating in clinical trials or supporting research efforts may contribute to advancements in FIP management in the future.

Lastly, ensure your cat receives regular veterinary check-ups, vaccinations, and a healthy lifestyle to minimize the risk of various feline diseases.

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