Breeders – FIP 101
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Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is a complex and devastating viral disease of cats that occurs worldwide and can affect many systems of the body. It arises as a consequence (abnormal immune response) to infection with Feline Coronavirus (FCoV). Few diseases are as perplexing and heartbreaking as FIP which is one of the most common infectious cause of death in younger cats. While FCoV is endemic in most multiple cat environments, it is estimated that about 5-10% of cats infected with FCoV actually develop FIP.
We call on cat breeders to lead the way in eradicating FCoV and FIP.
There are few experiences more devastating for a cat breeder than to hear that a kitten who was sold, or a kitten or cat who was placed in a home, has died of feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) and we hope that you have not had this experience and that with the aid of this website, you never will.
EndFIP® aims to bring a permanent end to FIP by educating, informing and inspiring people to create lasting solutions to prevent feline coronavirus (FCoV) infection in multi-cat environments, such as breeding catteries and we look forward to the day when most purebreds cats will be FCoV-free, just as of now most pedigree cats are free of feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). We need caring breeders to join us in the fight against FIP by becoming an FCoV free cattery, making sure your kittens are FCoV free and by talking openly about FCoV and FIP with other breeders.
A breeder’s nightmare: you have sold a kitten who developed FIP and died.
One of the most difficult things to hear for a breeder is that a client has lost a cat to FIP. Aside from the misery caused by the loss of the young cat, many questions – and consequences – arise. Will the litter mates of the affected kitten also die of FIP ? Are all my cats infected? Will I have to stop breeding?
It is easy in the moment to give in to panic, and some breeders and rescuers have had all their perfectly healthy cats euthanized in a moment of misguided panic. So, the first thing to do is to stay calm, gather information, and to find out what comes next:
Everything you need to know if you have sold a kitten who developed FIP.
Find the answers to the most commonly asked questions to help shelters and breeders deal with the loss of a kitten to FIP, and prevent future outbreaks.
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