Trying not to cry

Feline Infectious Peritonitus (not sure if that spelling is correct). Check it up on the internet. Basically it is where fluid collects in and around the vital organs of the body cavity causing swelling and tenderness. I am not sure what causes this, but perhaps you can find out on the internet.

My cat is the second cat that I have heard of that has this disease and functions quite normally, so I repeat again [B]PLEASE DON’T GIVE UP HOPE YET!!![/B]


According to wiki:
[B]Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a fatal, incurable disease that affects cats. It is caused by Feline Infectious Peritonitis Virus (FIPV), which is a mutation of Feline Enteric Coronavirus (FECV/FeCoV. Experts do not always agree on the specifics of FIP. However, the most common theory is that the normally benign FECV mutates into FIPV. The mutated virus has the ability to invade and grow in certain white blood cells, namely macrophages. The immune system’s response causes an intense inflammatory reaction in the containing tissues. This disease is generally fatal [1]. However its incidence rate is roughly 1 in 5000 for households with one or two cats.

There are two main forms of FIP: effusive (wet) and non-effusive (dry). While both types are fatal, the effusive form is more common (60-70% of all cases are wet) and progresses more rapidly than the non-effusive form.

Effusive (wet)
The hallmark clinical sign of effusive FIP is the accumulation of fluid within the abdomen or chest, which can cause breathing difficulties. Other symptoms include lack of appetite, fever, weight loss, jaundice, and diarrhea.

Non-effusive (dry)
Dry FIP will also present with lack of appetite, fever, jaundice, diarrhea, and weight loss, but there will not be an accumulation of fluid. Although typically a cat with dry FIP will show ocular or neurological signs. For example it may become hard to walk or stand up, the cat may become paralyzed over time. There could also be a loss of sight.[/B]

Aww, I’m so so sorry! It’s hard to when your 4 legged babies are sick or hurt. They look at you to make it better and when you can’t it hurts so badly. I lost my favorite dog 2 years ago to cancer. That was the worst! Prayers for the little one to get better!!


FIP is Feline Infectious Peritonitis, a disease caused by a coronavirus infection. FIP-producing strains are distinguished by their ability to invade and grow in certain white blood cells. The infected cells transport the virus throughout the cat’s body. An intense inflammatory reaction occurs in the tissues where these virus-infected cells locate. It is this interaction between the body’s own immune system and the virus that is responsible for the disease.

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Oh, this hurts my heart… Feline’s being my fave, and she is sooo adorable. I have a cali myself… a little devil, but love her like the rest!

If you feel like you are getting a good diagnosis, then follow what they say, but don’t forget, sometimes our four-legged friends may need a second opinion… it has helped me (my babies) a few of times… But, unfortunately, not all…

I’m so sorry to hear about your kitty! Crying is perfectly normal and we are all here for you :grphug:

Aww, I’m so sorry, but hopefully you’ll hear some good news. I have an 18 1/2-year-old calico, so I’m kinda partial to them.

Good thoughts to you! :hug:


Thanks everyone, sometimes you just need to know kind people are out there. She seems a little stronger this morning, ate maybe half a food sache.

Just now Crackers fell off the metal sofa in an attempt to find somewhere ok to piddle. I think she hit her headorneck or something. She’s breathing real fast and is pretty non-responsive - still breathing, swallowing, purring occasionally, ears twitching, but no response to her name. I’m just gonna hold her for the rest of the night.

I am so sorry! You need this :hug: as much as she does!!! My thoughts are with you both tonight.

I’m sooo sorry! I know how quickly they can claim your heart. I’ll say a prayer for you and your kitty. Hoping you get good news on Tuesday! :hug: :hug:

Tonight at 7.40 Crackers passed away peacefully thanks to the PDSA.

She started fitting, so we rushed her to the PDSA via taxi and there the vet told us that she was in alot of pain. I was with her as she passed, so we’ve said or goodbyes. In two days we can place her ashes in the garden with a lovely spring flowers.

Thank you everyone for the support and good wishes.

I am so so very sorry! :hug: She is not suffering now and is in a far better place than you and I. It’s ok to cry. Be good to yourself!

:hug: I am so sorry for your loss.

from a fellow cat owner

Oh, no. I’m so sorry for your loss. I was really pulling for her, and I feel like crying with you.:cry:

I am so sorry. Such a shame to not have more time with her, but she had to have known how much you loved her. :hug:

My heart goes out to you.

I am so sorry for your loss and I can only imagine what you are going through. She is in a better place now and will suffer no longer. I will be praying for you during this very hard time.

oh no, I am so sorry. i’ll be thinking of you

I am so sorry. :verysad: