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FIP - Feline Infectious Peritonitis - is a devastating viral disease of cats that occurs worldwide and can affect many systems of the body. It is a progressive disease and almost always fatal. FIP affects domestic cats, especially purebred kittens: 70% of FIP cases are in pedigree kittens and cats. It is also a plague in rescue shelters and can be a danger to big cats kept in zoo environments. FIP occurs when the cat mounts an overly inflammatory immune response to feline coronavirus infection.
FCoV - feline coronavirus infection - FCoV is the virus that causes FIP. We want to impart worldwide awareness and understanding of FCoV and respect for the seriousness of FCoV infection. It is ubiquitous and extremely common in multi-cat environments. EndFIP® efforts are focused on research into FCoV eradication which would end FIP, without the use of laboratory cats. Fundraising is essential to the pursuit of this endeavor.
1/18/2020 posted by Aurora Lambrecht: Shared with kind permission of EndFIP® and Maria Bonino A word about feline coronavirus (FCoV)
Earlier this week I was made aware some of our members had been contacted by individuals pushing them to consider certain treatments, using scare tactics to convince them without taking into consideration the specifics of their case nor their financial position.
It is extremely concerning when people are targeted and are led to believe that if their cat is infected with FCoV, most likely will develop FIP and use that completely false statement to push them to buy what they are offering as intermediaries to the sellers. Sadly, the FIP field has become a battlefield of truth and falsehood. Well documented facts are being ignored, cats are being administered experimental/unproven drugs and pet guardians are spending large amounts of money which in some cases, it is a decision made out of desperation, lack of knowledge and beyond their financial means.
Please make sure to learn the true facts about feline coronavirus and FIP. Protect yourself and your feline family member. Your cat’s well-being is in your hands. Below is some basic information to keep in mind.
EndFIP.com is a website created by and for individuals who believe in, and want to actively support research into FCoV eradication and ending Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), without the use of laboratory cats. It was created with the purpose of promoting knowledge amongst cat lovers, breeders and rescuers and is a place where people can come to learn the latest news on FIP prevention and most importantly progress in the goal of eradicating FCoV, the virus that causes FIP.
Every cat a healthy cat. Our ultimate goal is that one day no one will have to go through the pain of losing their beloved cat to a disease that has claimed so many for so long.
The Luca Fund for FIP research is a special fund of the American Alumni of the University of Glasgow established in 2018 to accept tax-deductible donations for Feline Infectious Peritonitis research.AAGU has been recognized by the IRS as a section 501(c) (3) charitable organization. All donations to AAGU are deductible as charitable contributions to the full extent permitted by law. The Luca Fund for FIP Research is committed to exclusively support research that does not use laboratory cats and does not conduct experimental infection of healthy cats with a deadly virus. Help us end FIP!
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The EndFIP® Facebook group is part of the EndFIP® global initiative. The focus of the group is to educate, inform and inspire people to create lasting solutions to prevent feline coronavirus (FCoV) infection in multi-cat environments, such as breeding and rescue catteries. FCoV is the virus that causes FIP. We want to impart worldwide awareness and understanding of FCoV and respect for the seriousness of FCoV infection.We are a global community which truly believes in the concept: PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE.
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Welcome to our Library of Files from our Facebook support group for parents of FIP Cats. Whether your cat is suspected of or has been diagnosed with Feline Infectious Peritonitis, the files and articles you'll find here contain valuable information to help you cope with this challenging situation. Diagnostics tools, recommended tests, treatment options, recommended supplements, and more are just a click away. If you have not yet joined our Facebook group, please do so now. FIP has no cure, but there are treatment options.
EndFIP® Invictus Group was created by
Maria S. Bonino and Aurora Lambrecht for individuals who want to honor their FIP Angels as well as for those who need help coping with the loss of a FIP cat. We aim to provide support, inspire hope and work in partnership to help alleviate the human suffering and deep grieving caused by Feline Infectious Peritonitis. EndFIP® Invictus is the newest venture of the EndFIP® global initiative.
1/2/2020 "Two antiviral drugs have shown promise in the past few years for the treatment of cats with feline infectious peritonitis, which has been almost always fatal. Some desperate cat owners have turned to the black market to buy the unapproved drugs." - AVMA
10/06/2019 "FIP, or Feline Infectious Peritonitis, is a disease caused by a virus in the corona family. The virus is spread through several routes, including ingestion and inhalation. Cats that share food bowls, litter pans, toys or groom one another are at a higher risk of spreading the disease. Outdoor cats that get into fights or even sneeze on each other can pass the virus along." - WVNews
1/24/2020 "The other concern, especially, in younger cats, is the viral infection FIP (feline infectious peritonitis). This disease is caused by the feline coronavirus (FCoV), which is a common viral infection in cats. When tested, 80 percent to 90 percent of ones in multi-cat homes will test positive, meaning at some point in their lives they were exposed to this virus. Most cats are never symptomatic or develop only a mild, short-lived diarrhea." - The Post and Courier
1/13/2020 "The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) kicked off the New Year by introducing a comprehensive update to its Feline Retrovirus Testing and Management Guidelines. Published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery on January 9, the guidelines provide veterinary professionals with the most accurate and up-to-date information on feline retrovirus infections." - dvm360.com
1/7/2020 "Of all the infectious diseases in cats, none are as feared as FeLV and FIV—justifiably so. Between 2-4% of feline population in the U.S. is a carrier or is infected with one or both of these potentially fatal viruses. Many clinics use an in-house test that checks for both viruses at the same time, and most feline infectious wellness conversations about infectious disease covers both topics, so it's easy to see why owners might confuse the two." - Patch.com
1/3/2020 "Fear, misinformation, misunderstanding and lack of knowledge about Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, aka FIV, has led to euthanization of thousands of cats (millions if you count euthanization in animal shelters) since FIV was first identified in 1986." - The News Herald
12/3/2019 "The feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) cannot be transmitted to humans, a veterinarian said on the eve of World AIDS Day on Sunday. FIV bears similarities to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and causes an AIDS-like syndrome in cats." - Taipei Times
2/15/2020 "The infection found in cats at the Cambria County Humane Society shelter has been identified as the deadly, but easily prevented, feline panleukopenia virus, the society announced Friday." - The Tribune-Democrat
2/2/2020 "Q: What are some of the most common diseases that small animal veterinarians have to treat in pet animals, mainly dogs and cats? A: A recent list compiled by VPI, a veterinary insurance company, revealed the following as some of the most common diseases treated by veterinarians nationwide in 2019." - WVNews
2/1/2020 "If you have one or more cats or know someone who has a cat, you are familiar with hair balls. Most cats will probably develop hair balls, sometimes called fur balls, at least once in their life. Usually it happens more often if she is a long-haired cat since long-haired cats shed a larger amount of hair than her short-haired cousins. Hair balls are an unpleasant side effect of her inclination to stay clean and well groomed." - McAlester News-Captial
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