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What is FIP?

Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a viral disease of cats caused by feline coronavirus (FCoV) and it is one of the most poorly understood feline viruses. Two primary forms (biotypes) of FCoV are recognised, the avirulent (not causing the disease) enteric form (FECV) and the virulent form (FIPV) causing the fatal feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). Cats infected with a feline coronavirus generally do not show any symptoms during the initial viral infection, and an immune response occurs with the development of antiviral antibodies. However, in about 5-10% of cats, the FECV will mutate into FIPV and these cats will develop FIP. Once a cat develops clinical FIP involving one or many systems of the cat's body, the disease is progressive and is almost always fatal. Fever that doesn't respond to antibiotics, anorexia, weight loss and lethargy are most common clinical signs in cats with FIP. Abdominal distension due to fluid accumulation is the most common physical finding in wet FIP. In the dry form of FIP, small accumulations of inflammatory cells, or granulomas, form in various organs, and clinical signs depend on the affected organs. Moreover, the eyes and the neurologic system are frequently affected in the dry form of FIP as well.

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  • I would like to welcome everyone on this website. My name is Petra and I´m a veterinary surgeon, currently working in UK and doing a Ph.D. at the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno. I am also a breeder of British Shorthairs since 2006 and I myself was very unlucky to have cats diagnosed with FIP and saw many cats being taken aways from us too early in life because of this terrible disease. This heartbreaking personal experience made me very interested in this horrifying diseases and I have been doing research on FIP for the past few years at my university as part of my diploma thesis and now continuing my project as Ph.D. student.
    FIP is most often affecting pedigree cats in multi-cat households of young age so it is of a great concern for breedes. As we understand this disease better now than in the past, I believe there is a genetic predisposition to this disease and therefore doing more research about this disease is very important. If you ever have questions about FIP or coronavirus infections, please do not hesitate to contact me as I am more than happy to help anyone with the knowledge I have about FIP.

    MVDr. Petra Černá MRCVS

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