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Update: Jasper passed away the next morning after I posted this. I decided to leave the post up should anyone else be doing research and come across it. If you have good ideas, please don’t heistate to leave them in the comments. If you are here because you’re researching FIP, you have my sympathies. I will update my blog as we go through this journey with our other kitten.
If you’re a regular follower of my blog, you know that we adopted two kittens as my Christmas present. One of them, Jasper, is sick and we’re hoping someone out there might have help for him. Jasper is 3.5 months old and last night the vet told us that she’s pretty certain he has Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). She’s a holistic vet that combines conventional and alternative treatments and she said it’s extremely rare for a cat to survive it. That also means, of course, that our other kitten has been exposed to it, too. She did the necessary lab work and we hope to hear back on the results on Friday or Monday.
Jasper’s belly is swollen with fluid. He’s got an URI and a fever. She gave him antibiotics to fight the URI and injected fluids. His fever came down with the fluids, and this morning his fever is either low or gone. He is still eating and drinking, but his appetite is down.
I pulled out his medical records they gave me when we adopted him. He was neutered when he was 1.5 months old, then given a triple vaccine and wormed the next day, then again another dose of the triple vaccine and wormed 10 days later. The next day, he was given flea treatment. Not even two months old and already bombarded with drugs and put through a ton of stress- I shouldn’t be surprised he got sick. We adopted him ten days later. When we got him home, we discovered he had a URI and did a round of amoxicillin but that didn’t knock it out. I didn’t want to do antibiotics, but with a cat so young and him getting as sick as he was, we didn’t have any other choice for him.
I know it’s a long shot, but if anyone has successfully treated a cat with FIP, please leave a comment or contact me. He’s been in our home for just over a month, but he’s already stolen my heart and we all love him dearly. He’s a highly affectionate snuggle bug. On the flip side, if it is his time to go, I have to take comfort in that we gave him just as much love and affection as a little cat could handle during his short time on earth. He has spent much time on my desk, beside me in a little cat bed, being petted and pampered, and much time in my lap. He’s parked in my lap right now, and I’m pushed back from my desk so he has room, my arms extended out so I can type without disturbing him. He will be petted and pampered as much as possible until this is over, no matter how it ends.