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1. Dr. Niels Pedersen, legendary veterinary researcher, says that FIP kills round 1.three% of cats worldwide. True, that’s a small %, however nonetheless thousands and thousands of deaths yearly.

2. Why some cats and never others? This was a subject of nice dialogue on the symposium. It’s at all times been suspected that pedigreed cats usually tend to have FIP, and perhaps some breeds greater than others. Whereas FIP can infect any cat of any age, by far most FIP happens in kittens. Geneticist Leslie Lyons of the Division of Veterinary Medication & Surgical procedure, College of Missouri-Columbia, says, “The reply is we actually don’t know something in regards to the genetics for FIP at this time limit. We make presumptions concerning breeds, however we have to know rather more.”

three. This sometimes benign coronavirus is ubiquitous in cats. Dr. Pedersen says in about 11% of cats, a mutation of the virus or irregular immune response inside the cat transforms the benign coronavirus into the insidious immune-mediated illness referred to as FIP.

four. “As we speak, we all know that stress and atmosphere have rather a lot to do with it. Possibly there’s a susceptibility in some breeds greater than others, or some households (of any breed or combine) greater than others; we simply don’t know,” Dr. Lyons says.

5. There are two sorts of FIP: moist (or effusive) and dry (or non-effusive). In moist FIP, fluid builds up within the chest and/or stomach. It seems as if these kitties have a beer stomach. Kitties with dry FIP don’t seem any totally different. However, like all cats with FIP, they act otherwise — exhibiting ocular or neurological indicators. Early indicators may embrace a scarcity of urge for food, lethargy and a fever — they’re simply not thriving.

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  • Adam Johanson is an animal lover and a blogger at Panelpets. He writes regularly regarding pets and how to take care of them, as well as general news stories about animals. When he isn't writing, Adam can usually be found playing with his two dogs or cuddling his cat.