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Feline Coronavirus Infection ( FCoV ) and Feline Infectious Peritonitis ( FIP )

What is FIP?

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.

What is FCoV?

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.

Please make sure to learn the true facts about feline coronavirus and FIP

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.

  1. The presence of FCoV antibodies indicates ONLY that the cat has been infected with FCoV, the cause of feline infectious peritonitis, NOT that the cat has FIP nor that for certain the cat will develop FIP 
  2. Most cats infected with FCoV – DO NOT develop FIP 
  3. About 70% of FCoV infection is transient 
  4. About 13% of FCoV infection is persistent, meaning these cats are chronically infected 
  5. Unfortunately, an estimated 5% - 10% of infected cats at one point in their lives will develop FIP 
  6. About 1% - 3% of cats are resistant to feline coronavirus


All of us at EndFIP® are dedicated to keeping cats healthy and happy. www.endfip.com | www.LucaFundforFIP.com

EndFIP®

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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. 

EndFIP® Vision:

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.

- EndFIP

The Luca Fund for FIP Research

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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!

 Luca Fund for 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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FACEBOOK GROUP SUPPORT FILES

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.

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EndFIP® Invictus Grief Support Group

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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.

 EndFIP® Invictus grief support group

FIP drugs continue to show promise, while being sold on black market

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

Points for Pets: Key to Feline Infectious Peritonitis [FIP] is prevention

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

Not yet legal anti-viral medications show promise in fighting feline infection

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

Feline Leukemia Virus ( FeLV ) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus ( FIV )

• AAFP releases updated feline retrovirus guidelines

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

• FeLV and FIV Infections in Cats

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

• Debunking myths about FIV positive cats

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

• Humans cannot contract FIV from cats: veterinarian

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

Articles from Current News Publications

• Feline panleukopenia virus identified as cause; shelter’s feline quarantine continues

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

• Points for Pets: Looking at common diseases in dogs and cats

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

• P.A.W.S.: Hair balls and how to take care of them

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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