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Please, not again. (Possibly FIP?)

post #1 of 21
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As a few of you may know.. we lost one of our kitties, Julian, at 5 months due to "wet" FIP. And just recently, Louie (Now almost 1 year) has started showing odd signs and is just not himself. He's going to the vet Saturday even though I wish we could get there sooner to tell what's wrong with him.
Something tells me that Louie (Julian's brother) has "dry" FIP.
About two weeks ago someone in the house was throwing up alot. Since we have 7 cats, it's hard to tell who it was. But it eventually stopped and everyone was fine. Until Louie started getting a watery eye. We had some antibiotic that was left over from a vet visit not too long ago and gave him some of that. But since then he has lost a huge amount of weight and has acted depressed and uninterested in things he once had interest in. He still has a very good appetite, but he has really bad diarrhea. He's showing signs of a URI (Sniffles, watery/droopy eye, sneezing) also.
I checked his gums for signs of anemia and they look like they may be a bit pale, but I'm no expert. I think his breathing is normal, I haven't noticed anything odd with it. I also checked if he was dehydrated (pulling scruff of skin and letting go) and he's not from what I can tell.

So we don't know what's wrong. I am praying that it is not FIP and he will be okay. Let's cross our fingers and hope Saturday gets here quick!
post #2 of 21
Sounds familiar,

I lost my Scrat (siamese beauty) that I had adopted from a shelter. He also had FIP.........I still cry till today cuz I was so attached to him. I'm not a vet so Im not gonna tell ya 'it is" or "its not" But I will pray for you and ur kitty, I know that feeling all too well.

What I CAN tell you, what my vet said. "Thers nothing you can do, he either does or doesn't...... it's something they are born with unfortunately. Some takes years to show, others show in their kittenhood"

So if you get a clear at ur vets (which I really hope) then we'll just have to make him better!!

(((((((((((((((((Healthy vibes))))))))))))))

And Prayers!!
post #3 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by LeilaLuv
Sounds familiar,

I lost my Scrat (siamese beauty) that I had adopted from a shelter. He also had FIP.........I still cry till today cuz I was so attached to him. I'm not a vet so Im not gonna tell ya 'it is" or "its not" But I will pray for you and ur kitty, I know that feeling all too well.

What I CAN tell you, what my vet said. "Thers nothing you can do, he either does or doesn't...... it's something they are born with unfortunately. Some takes years to show, others show in their kittenhood"

So if you get a clear at ur vets (which I really hope) then we'll just have to make him better!!

(((((((((((((((((Healthy vibes))))))))))))))

And Prayers!!
Iam so sorry ot hear about your precious louie, I will keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers. I was also wondering what FIP stands for? As Iam somewhat a "New cat Owner" and I find it very important that I have a understanding of these different types of things! Please keep us posted as to what the vet come back and says. I will be thinking of you guys on saturday! again! good luck, an I truley hope hat everything works out in your favor.
J&J
post #4 of 21
I am so sorry please keep us posted. Get well Louie
post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by Jayme&Jackson
I was also wondering what FIP stands for? As Iam somewhat a "New cat Owner" and I find it very important that I have a understanding of these different types of things!
J&J
It stands for "Feline Infectious Peritonitis". Here's a link with information. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/fip.html

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Louie.
post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by jcat
It stands for "Feline Infectious Peritonitis". Here's a link with information. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/fip.html

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Louie.
Thank-you Jcat, I will definatley have a look at the site!!!
post #7 of 21
I am so sorry. I lost Festie's sister Mattie to FIP...and I shudder to think it could hit us again. FIP is a totally incurable, always fatal disease, for those of you who don't know. It steals precious kitties away.

I pray that Louie does not have FIP, but instead has something that he will recover from. Is he up on his vaccinations? I lost one to diarrhea from distemper once, too, but with vaccinations it is preventable.
post #8 of 21
Great site. TY
post #9 of 21
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Beckiboo
I am so sorry. I lost Festie's sister Mattie to FIP...and I shudder to think it could hit us again. FIP is a totally incurable, always fatal disease, for those of you who don't know. It steals precious kitties away.

I pray that Louie does not have FIP, but instead has something that he will recover from. Is he up on his vaccinations? I lost one to diarrhea from distemper once, too, but with vaccinations it is preventable.
Yes, Louie is up to date on his shots.

He is looking worse each day that passes. He's got really bad diarrhea and it seems that he's stopped cleaning himself other than his front paws. His behind is all messy with feces (he's got longer hair so it's all over his poofy tail). I've tried to clean him with a warm wet cloth but it just stresses him out.
And the other kitties in the house seem to have nothing to do with him lately, and they've just ignored him. He mostly just rests/naps in the same two or three spots and doesn't do much else except eat and drink some water. And today I noticed that his third eyelid on both eyes is showing a little bit. Poor baby.
post #10 of 21
Poor thing. Has the vet done anything.
post #11 of 21
Oh my goodness, the poor little thing..I really hope he turns out okay
post #12 of 21
FIP is a dreaded disease. I also lost a cat many years ago to FIP. They degenerate and get very Ill. When Red was diagnosed with it he went from a healthy 12 year old cat, and within 2 months he had to be put to sleep.

I hope your kitty doesn't have FIP, and can be cured with a simple antibiotic for something else.
post #13 of 21
gosh I am so sorry

sending lots and lots of ((((vibes))))) your way from across the ocean stay strong little one
post #14 of 21
Prayer and healthy vibes to Louie. Please keep us posted.
post #15 of 21
Thread Starter 
thanks for the support guys, we're about to head out to the Vet in about 10 minutes. I am still crossing my fingers and I hope everyone else does the same.

Louie seems to actually be more active this morning and last night. He played a bit last night even though he looked terrible, he seemed like he was feeling alright. And he's still got his appetite, which is good.

Alright.. to the vet we go.
post #16 of 21
GOOD LUCK!!!! will look for an update in the morning when I get up
post #17 of 21
It is 3pm Is there any news yet.
post #18 of 21
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by momof3rugratz
It is 3pm Is there any news yet.

Good news!
Louie has a pretty bad URI. Also, along with the diarrhea he got a little matted near his behind since he is so fluffy back there. The vet felt a hard mass in his stomach area, which he thought might be impacted feces... and after an x-ray we found out he was right. They are keeping Louie over the weekend to give him a series of enemas(spelling?) and antibiotics. Because the feces in his intestines is pretty badly impacted. He was losing weight because of the diarrhea and he was vomitting a little bit because he is all stopped up and the food would have nowhere else to go. So, overall we think he is going to be alright!
post #19 of 21
I am so glad and relieved which I am sure you are also.
post #20 of 21
That's a much better diagnosis than FIP. I'm sending Louie good vibes for a speedy recovery!
post #21 of 21
Poor little one! He must be so uncomfortable. But thank goodness it is nothing worse.
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