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Specific to Feline Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), the website felinecrf.org is the foremost authority on the subject. The site also includes information about other related diseases. Here are some of the subject summary categories, and there are many articles within each category:
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.
3/16/2020 "Coronaviruses – named for the crownlike spikes on their surface – are in the news, not just for humans but also for cats. Some 40 percent to 80 percent of cats in the world are infected with feline enteric coronavirus, which typically causes no signs or only mild gastrointestinal upset. Sometimes, though, FECV mutates, causing a complex, devastating and nearly always fatal disease of cats called feline infectious peritonitis. It’s most commonly seen in cats who have been exposed to large numbers of other cats, such as in shelters or catteries." - GoErie
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
1/2/2020 "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
6/3/20 "A 12-year-old female domestic short-haired cat was presented due to weight loss, anorexia, and tachypnea. The complete blood count revealed severe anemia, leukocytosis with massive undifferentiated blast cells, and thrombocytopenia." - Vet Candy
4/2/2020 "Feline immunodeficiency virus, or FIV, affects up to 3 percent of cats in the United States, according to the Cornell Feline Health Center at Cornell University. Like HIV in humans, FIV weakens the immune system over time, causing the kitty to be more vulnerable to all types of infections." - WRCBtv
3/12/2020 "FIV and FeLV are viruses that cause lifelong infections in cats and, broadly, make it more difficult for them to fight off other infections or illnesses. FIV is a lentivirus, which is the same genus of virus as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). FeLV is a retrovirus. Both of these viruses can invade and change the host genome/DNA, leading to lifelong infection. Both FIV and FeLV are feline-specific viruses, and do not pose a harm to humans or other species of pets in your household." - Alaska Highway News
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
2/19/2020 "As a concerned cat owner, have you heard of feline foamy virus (FFV or FeFV)? It is not listed in the excellent Cat Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook and yet the AVMA in their online journal recently say that it is present in a high proportion of domestic cats." - PoC
2/20/2020 "The most common cause of urinary obstruction in cats is Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC). This common condition has several other synonyms but means sterile inflammation of the urinary bladder. The condition is being studied but the cause is unknown. Sterile inflammation means without infection." - Fort Bragg Advocate-News
6/15/20 "Chronic kidney disease (CKD) and acute decompensation of chronic kidney disease (ACKD) are common in cats. Researchers evaluated the medical records of 100 cats with confirmed acute decompensation kidney disease. Common clinical signs included:
Suspected etiologies included:
6/9/20 "In this study, feline renal tissues from twelve client‐owned cats with chronic kidney disease and eight healthy control cats were examined for inflammation, tubular atrophy, and fibrosis, using reverse transcription‐quantitative PCR. Linear mixed models compared gene transcription between diseased and healthy kidneys, determining the association between transcript levels and serum creatinine concentration for all cats, as well as between transcript levels and histologic scores of diseased kidneys." - Vet Candy
5/6/20 "Q: My 17-year-old indoor cat is eating less than she used to, and she doesn’t come downstairs as often. Is this just a normal part of aging for cats?
A: Your cat isn’t just a senior; she’s in the geriatric stage of life. Cats at this age – and younger – are likely experiencing chronic kidney disease, diagnosed in nearly a third of cats 15 years and older. Cats with CKD tend to lose their appetite and are often dehydrated. Cats this age also typically have arthritis. That can make it painful for them to walk around, jump up, or go up and down the stairs." - GoErie & Pet Connection
4/26/20 "About 90 percent of cat owners are not familiar with chronic kidney disease in cats, the Taiwanese Society of Feline Medicine said on Wednesday, adding that signs and symptoms of the disease include increased water consumption, frequent urination, lethargy and weight loss. From 2012 to 2014, chronic kidney disease was the top or second leading cause of death for domestic cats, a survey conducted by the National Taiwan University School of Veterinary Medicine and the Taipei City Animal Protection Office showed." - Taipei Times
2/11/2020 "Cats with chronic kidney disease (CKD) may smell because they have bad breath with an ammonia-like smell. I think this is the reason behind the question. The best answer as to why a cat with CKD has bad breath comes from Tanya on her site dedicated to kidney disease. She says that cats with CKD have high levels of urea (the major waste component of urine) which combines with an enzyme in the mouth bacteria called urease" - PoC
1/20/2020 "Antech Diagnostics, part of Mars Petcare, announced a milestonein providing the veterinary community with accurate predictions about whether or not a cat will develop chronic kidney disease (CKD) within two years. Now more than 100,000 times, RenalTech™ has delivered predictive insight about a cat's future CKD status, providing veterinarians and pet owners with the unique opportunity to act early, before disease occurs." - Yahoo Finance
1/15/2020 "A team of researchers at National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) yesterday unveiled a photo-electrical device for quickly testing urea concentration in cats, which can help detect kidney disease in felines at an early stage." - Taipei Times
11/21/2019 "Q: Emmy, my 12-year-old cat, has arthritis and chronic kidney disease. Her veterinarian recommended Onsior for her arthritic pain but warned that it could further damage her kidneys. I'm torn, because I want Emmy to be free of pain, but I don't want her therapy to cause additional problems. What's your advice?" - creators.com
11/14/2019 "A 12-week-old kitten who underwent pro bono surgery at Davies Veterinary Specialists (Davies) in Hertfordshire to remove an abnormal, grossly enlarged kidney now has a bright future. Keril’s breeder was worried about the kitten’s increasingly swollen abdomen, and reluctantly thought it would be best to have him put to sleep. He was an otherwise normal, lively kitten, and a local cat lover insisted on taking responsibility of ownership to give him a chance." - VetClick/News
6/15/20 "Experts believe upwards of 95% of cats worldwide have been exposed to feline herpesvirus type 1 (FHV-1), and shelter cats are no exception. In fact, shelter cats are one of the most at-risk groups for FHV-1 infection due to the close living quarters and high population density at these facilities. To save shelter cats’ eyes and lives, Morris Animal Foundation–funded researchers at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine (LSU SVM) are conducting a clinical trial of three common antiviral drugs to determine which is best suited to treat this highly contagious disease in animal shelters." - dvm360
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