Feline Infectious Peritonitis
All kitten and cat owners should learn about this dreaded disease. Once considered fatal, there is now treatment available. There are several support groups on Facebook and a LOT of information and some Misinformation, so do your research.
You may never in the whole of your cat owning lifetime come across FIP in one of your cats, however you can be unlucky and have it strike more than once. Most breeders try very hard not to produce kittens with this disease, but with no testing available for their breeding cats, it is a breeding lottery.
I am one of those breeders who cares, and its important you communicate with me if you have a problem with a kitten you purchased from me. Because so many health conditions are communicated cat to cat I am unable to guarantee a kittens health once it has left me and it comes in contact with another cat or kitten. However, I will still provide support and advice. Although most of the current treatments are not legally licenced to use by Vets in Australia Pet Insurance companies will still cover many of the associated costs with treatment and tests which are required, particularly for the Mutian guarantee. I cannot stress enough, you should have Pet Insurance, not only for these big ticket items but for any of the things that can go wrong.
Please do read the information in the link, about FIP. Its best to be forewarned and forearmed as the earlier you get a diagnosis the more likely your kitten may start treatment and survive, or at the very least save running up very high vet bills in a search for an answer
Our kittens leave us without having suffered cat flu, calici virus or herpes. This precludes your kitten having Gingivitis and later developing Peridontal Disease. It is up to you to adequately maintain your cats teeth and gums. There has never been a proven link between Calici Virus and feline periodontal disease such as Stomatitis, but it is my observation it probably doesnt help the cats immune system.
(1) Regularly wash out your cats food and water bowl with hot soapy water your cats water dish to remove the biofilm, that slimy coating on the bowl. You can read about how serious Biofilm potentially is at Microsoft Word - Zambori formatat.doc (usab-tm.ro)
(2) get your cats teeth regularly checked to make sure there is no early dental disease or loose or broken teeth. Bacterial buildup in your cats mouth can seriously damage their kidneys. Cats are very able to mask signs of pain, and it may be too late by the time you notice your cat not eating or drooling. Some serious dental issues will require complete removal of all teeth.
(3) Consider using a water additive to prevent tartar buildup from the very beginning. Tartar preventing prodicts such as Royal Canin Oral Care in adulthood is also very useful. There are also some very good gel products to put in over the teeth daily.
(4) You can try cleaning your cats teeth with cat specific toothpaste. I have never had any luck doing it, but you never know.