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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 6:43 pm 
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Just been on another pet forum and there's a lady on there with a 16 week old Bengal. Reading through the thread it was pretty obvious that her baby had FIP and looks like it has just been confirmed.

I am so utterly devastated for her and it brought everything back what I went through with Dexter.

Such a cruel and horrible condition. I wish there was a cure. Poor baby :sad:

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:30 am 
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I have a friend who has had a few of her kitties put down due to FIP. Always sad when it happens, but especially to a little one.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 4:06 pm 
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It's a terrible disease and very hard to go through because you're helpless :cry: I hope that someday they will find a cure.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:13 pm 
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Or a vaccine to prevent it!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 11:43 pm 
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I really wish they could find a cure, vaccine anything for this horrible condition.

It's honestly scarred me what I went through with Dexter.

I don't even know if I could get another kitten as it would play on my mind so much and I'd be forever looking for signs and worrying.

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RIP my sweet baby Dexter, Snow Bengal 19/5/14 to 5/3/15 and my lovely dear old friend Muskey, Brown Burmese put to rest aged 15 on 14/11/15.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:22 am 
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Gosh, FIP? I've not heard of that before until reading this forum and now this thread - it sounds terrible for cats and their owners. Is it more common to Bengals? or is it common to cats in general and more so when more two or more are living together - or can one living by itself contract it - and then how.... genetics, virus - contact with other infected cats outside of the home? I've always grown up with a cat but only a single cat at home any given time and they've always enjoyed indoors and outdoors freely with no issues.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 12:39 pm 
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Embrace wrote:
Gosh, FIP? I've not heard of that before until reading this forum and now this thread - it sounds terrible for cats and their owners. Is it more common to Bengals? or is it common to cats in general and more so when more two or more are living together - or can one living by itself contract it - and then how.... genetics, virus - contact with other infected cats outside of the home? I've always grown up with a cat but only a single cat at home any given time and they've always enjoyed indoors and outdoors freely with no issues.


I'm not sure if Bengal's are more prone to it or I am just more aware because of what I went through with Dexter.

It's caused by the Coronavirus which is very common in cats but in some cats this mutates into FIP which is deadly. The Coronavirus is very infectious but FIP isn't.

I don't think anyone knows for sure what makes it mutate in some cats. Some think it's genetic others that it can be brought on by stress.

In my case Dexter was always a poorly kitten and he had various parasitic infections including Giardia and TF which took a long time to sort out. I think his immune system was weakened by all of this and the stress of it all and that's why I believe he developed FIP.

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RIP my sweet baby Dexter, Snow Bengal 19/5/14 to 5/3/15 and my lovely dear old friend Muskey, Brown Burmese put to rest aged 15 on 14/11/15.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 1:06 pm 
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Feel for you so much and all the others who have lost beloved kitties to this horrible disease :cry: Devastating and heart wrenching to read the awful stories.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 3:52 pm 
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They still don't know what causes it to mutate :sad: Coronavirus can be transmitted between cats in a household (or cattery). I did just recently read that there is a vaccine being tested but so far it has not been very effective.

Hunter was 3 when I lost her to FIP, none of the other cats in the household ever became ill. I donated her body to an FIP research project to hopefully help find a cure/vaccine.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 5:47 pm 
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I just think veterinary research takes a backseat to research dealing with diseases for humans. Not enough money is given, so that research takes a whole lot longer. They have vaccines now for diseases they never had 20 years ago.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:46 pm 
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Very true about the funding Sherry.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:58 pm 
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Speaking as someone with a rare condition, there isn't enough research being done on human diseases either! Just too much science needing to be done, not enough scientists or funding.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2015 5:21 pm 
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Research takes a lot of time as well. They have found cures and prevention for so many diseases that our ancestors died from. They have made great strides in cancer therapy -- but it costs millions of $$$ to get the research underway and then it seems to be trial and error until they hit on something. The government wastes so much money on trivial things (like the reproduction habits of cockroaches).


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 5:54 pm 
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Actually, that cockroach study has led to new products to control cockroaches. Which, if you live in an urban area, are a prime cause of athsma in children.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:46 pm 
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Well just thought I'd give my opinion for what it's worth

My dad died of cancer and it is prevalent throughout my family particularly bowel cancer but I do think that too much money is given to cancer research and not enough to other causes.

There you go said it!

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