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RE: FIP

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Posted by: PHCatByte at Mon May 23 14:58:53 2005  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHCatByte ]  
   

>>Thank you for your response. I will be bringing the mother to a local vet (other than my own) who believes that the results from the pathology resident may not be accurate since she has seen cases of distemper appearing very much like the wet form of FIP. I WILL NOT ALLOW THESE PRECIOUS BABIES BE PUT DOWN AND HAVE BEEN LOCATING LOVING HOMES FOR THEM WITH PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTAND THEY MAY DEVELOPE FIP. THANK YOU AGAIN

interestingly enough, there is some suspicion that distemper earlier in life sets up the conditions for cat to develop FIP later--we had a momcat and 4 kittens who were exposed to distemper when the kittens were two weeks old. (well, 8 kittens were involved, only 4 survived.) long after the kittens had recovered (two with neurological damage), mom and THREE of the kittens ended up passing from FIP, over a period of 2 years. so was it mom being predisposed to FIP and passing that on to the kittens? or was it that they'd all been weakened by the distemper????

i'm glad you're seeing another vet--the reality is that re: FIV/FIP/FeLV, most vets are NOT up on the current research, unless they have obnoxious clients who force them to be. for so long, when there was so little known about these conditions, euthanasia was the only treatment considered. which, in turn, made it really difficult for research to be done! now that real work is being done, unless a vet has a particular reason to follow the constantly-changing information, they tend to stick with what they learned originally. there is just too much for them to know and learn; we can only fault the ones who CHOOSE not to learn when confronted with the opportunity to do so....

if you go to www.felineleukemia.org, there's a database of vets who are kindly-disposed toward these "F" cats! (not enough listed, but we keep adding as we go along...)


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