Hi, everyone. This is my first day here - I found this site while looking for information on FIP. I lost my sweet Ruthie, only 16 months old, last night to what my vet believes to be FIP. She was sweet and adorable and affectionate, and she will be greatly missed, not only by me and my fiance, but also by her feline companion Owen. I have had Owen for over 5 years and he is by all appearances a beautifully happy and healthy cat. He is being tested today for all communicable diseases, but I have read that healthy cats who may be carriers for the FIP virus will not test positive for FIP until they develop symptoms. I'm concerned because I want Owen to have feline companionship, but if he carries this disease I cannot possibly consider infecting another cat. Putting my sick baby to sleep last night was one of the worst experiences of my life. Does anyone know anything about this terrible disease? Is it safe to get another cat if Owen is negative? Thank you for any help you can give! Reading your words of encouragement to each other in times of loss has already helped me cope with this loss.
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5/15/02 at 2:17pm