Feline Infectious Peritonitis
Miamber and Blackglama are moving towards a Feline Corona Virus Negative cattery, from December 2021 all kittens should be FCoV negative . This will result in some changes to the way we do things including the timing of vaccination, desexing and rehoming to reduce stress load, and add some requirements for the selection of suitable homes.
Corona Virus negative kittens can never mutate to FIP unless exposed to another cats Corona Virus via shared litter trays and environment. There is a risk that placing negative kittens into pet homes with other cats whose status is unknown will place both kitten and the current cat in danger of being infected and mutating the virus which turns into FIP.
This is a risk with any cat or kitten no matter where you acquire it from as Corona Virus is carried in a huge majority of the cat population. If you have another cat and purchase a kitten, placing them together creates a small risk for one or both. This risk has always been there, we are just more aware of it now.
All kitten and cat owners should learn about this dreaded disease. Once considered fatal, there is now treatment available.
The treatment is new, lengthy, very expensive, and not always 100% reliable. Currently there are Clinical Trials in progress at Sydney University. If you need emotional support or advice, please let me know.
Please do read the information provided below about FIP. Its best to be forewarned and forearmed as the earlier you get a diagnosis the more likely your kitten or cat may start treatment and survive,
Sydney University will also be conducting two trials, parents or veterinarians can contact Professor Jacqueline Norris (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr Sally Coggins (email@example.com). Veterinarians who have not treated FIP previously should also contact Dr Gretta Howard (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Professor Richard Malik (email@example.com)
For more technical information you can click on the links below to read more about FIP.
For information about medications, dosages and cost as of October 2021
I cannot stress enough, you should have Pet Insurance, those big ticket items and accidents can cost a lot of money. FIP treatment is not generally covered by Insurance but the vet visits and testing should be.
All my kittens now leave me with a free 6 week pet insurance policy with Cat & kitten Insurance from Petcover Australia (petcovergroup.com)
Have a read through this link about why Insurance is important, from a Vets perspective
Make sure to check the Waiting periods and requirements and use the time to research your Insurance companies and find the policy that suits your budget and needs, and ask questions!
Our kittens generally 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 that having had Calici 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 products 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.
Over 30+ years we have had few issues with hearts, although young kittens can have low grade heart murmurs which resolve over time. We will always tell you if our vet has found a heart murmur in the kitten you are purchasing and give you information to support your options; If your vet finds a heart murmur after purchase please notify us.