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Hoosier Musings on the Road to Emmaus

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Feline Infectious Peritonitis

That's what they call it. That's what killed him.

In a small percent of infected cats (5 to 10 percent), either by a mutation of the virus or by an aberration of the immune response, the infection progresses into clinical FIP... An intense inflammatory reaction occurs around vessels in the tissues where these infected cells locate, often in the abdomen, kidney, or brain. It is this interaction between the body’s own immune system and the virus that is responsible for the disease. Once a cat develops clinical FIP involving one or many systems of the cat’s body, the disease is progressive and is almost always fatal.

Very young and very old cats are most suseptible. After exposure it can take 4-6 months to show signs; but once symptoms appear, it progresses very rapidly, and there isn't anything to be done.

We thought we were going to have to take him in this morning, to have him put to sleep. Turned out not to be necessary. He was 5 months old.

This virus can be easily spread between cats in a shelter that is not scrupulous about procedures: quarantining new cats, scrubbing down and disinfecting cages between uses, etc. We've learned that the shelter he came from has been shut down in the past for just such carelessness. Apparently that lesson didn't sink in. I cannot begin to tell you how angry that leaves me. Maybe the call that the vet is making to the sheriff will get the point across this time.

Rest in Peace, Junior.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Zoe said...

Mrow, purrrrr.

July 29, 2008 12:06 PM  

Blogger Father John said...

sorry...

July 29, 2008 12:33 PM  

Blogger cheesehead said...

Oh, I'm sorry...

July 29, 2008 12:39 PM  

Blogger Crimson Rambler said...

I am very, very sorry, Jane...one does feel so helpless. Keeping your folks in the path of the fire in our prayers also.

July 29, 2008 2:32 PM  

Blogger Cranmer49 said...

Hooker, Cranmer, and I just had a moment of silence in Junior's memory. We're so very sorry. No kitty should be subject to the insensitivity and carelessness of humans who are supposed to be their protectors. May Junior rise with all the kitty angels into God's loving presence.

July 29, 2008 2:36 PM  

Blogger dave said...

What a sweet little guy he was- I'm glad I had the chance to meet him. I am sorry for your loss, Jane.

July 29, 2008 8:01 PM  

Blogger Laurel said...

So sorry that had to happened. I'm angry with you.

July 30, 2008 12:57 PM  

Blogger Jane Ellen+ said...

Thank you for your kind words, all of you. We are well-- and after disinfecting, our house is much cleaner. We'll be watching Tali (the other cat) for a long time, and hoping that she dodged the bullet.

July 30, 2008 1:11 PM  

Blogger mibi52 said...

Oh, I"m so sorry! He was such a beautiful kitty.

July 31, 2008 5:53 AM  

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