What is a seropositive cat?

Some cats test positive on the coronavirus titer test, some do not. Those which have never been exposed to ANY form of coronavirus are called “seronegative.” Those which have been exposed to some form of coronavirus are called “seropositive.” The Winn Foundation-sponsored research felt the Cornell study was flawed because it used cats which hadContinue reading What is a seropositive cat?

What about the vaccine?

There is a vaccine available, but it is controversial and some vets do not recommend it, although others highly encourage it. The manufacturer’s tests state that it has an efficacy rate (protection rate in this case) of 69%. Cornell Feline Health Center then did a study which said the vaccine failed to show any protection,Continue reading What about the vaccine?

Is there a test?

There is a test which will look for the presence of coronavirus antibodies in your cat’s blood. If your cat has been exposed to a coronavirus, ANY coronavirus, its immune system will build up antibodies to it, and the titer tests for the level of those antibodies in the blood. But it does not distinguishContinue reading Is there a test?

How is it transmitted?

Wouldn’t we all like to know! Seriously, there seems to be two schools of thought. One group (from Cornell-based publications and seminars) states that the spread is not known with certainty, but is believed to be by ingestion or inhalation of the virus. The other school of thought (from Dr. Pedersen and the UC, DavisContinue reading How is it transmitted?

Is my cat at risk?

If your cat comes in regular contact with other cats (i.e.: a multi-cat household), the answer is YES! The lowest risk groups are indoor only, single-cat households. The higher the number of cats, the more risk of FIP. The higher the number of cats, the higher the titer test results (more on titers below). Single-catContinue reading Is my cat at risk?

What are the symptoms of FIP?

FIP usually appears in one of two forms: Effusive (wet) and Non-Effusive (dry). It should not be thought, however, that there are two different FIP diseases. The results of the infection are a continuum on a scale, with the ‘wet version’ being one end, the ‘dry version’ being in the middle, and a ‘carrier’ beingContinue reading What are the symptoms of FIP?