So we waited a month, like our vet and various sources had told us to do. We bleached the house, we cleaned everything, and in October we adopted two 12-week old kittens: one from the shelter again, and another from a local cat rescue.
Now, the one from the shelter got sick (this is the third case our vet has had from this shelter that developed FIP). We took him to the vet, and after a few vet visits, she suggested we have him tested for FIP - and tested positive for, but this time it's the dry form. He lost a full pound in a week (he went from 5.1 to 4), but he's now eating more and seems to be more active. He's going to the vet tomorrow to have a checkup and to be weighed, and have his temp taken. Those two are probably going to be our clincher on whether or not we feel we have to put him to sleep.
Now, my question is how contagious is FIP? My vet has told me that it's very contagious, but I thought cats that develop it are usually already genetically predisposed to it? I thought fiv/felv was the disease that was contracted by drinking/eating out of the same bowls? My other kitten is about the same age as the sick one. They've been together the entire time we've had them, about four months now. Is there a chance he will develop it, too? (I ask this because if Desi has improved, I don't want to put him down just based on that he has FIP. But I don't want the other to develop it, either.)
Thank you for any help you can give..
(Sorry if there's other topics about this same thing, I searched, but I don't recall seeing any)