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Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Bazsmum, Jul 12, 2009.


  1. Bazsmum

    Bazsmum PetForums Newbie

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    Hi I am new to this forum and bring with me some very sad news!! I have just lost my kitten to what the vet suspects is FIP, I already have an existing cat who is showing no symptoms of the disease so the question is "is it okay for me to get a new kitten now"?:confused:
     
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    Jen26 PetForums VIP

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    Sorry to hear of your loss. Did the vet do a post mortem to say it was definatly FIP? He wont be able to say its 100% definatly without one,did he do a titre test for corona? FIP is not contagious but the feline corona virus which can mutate into FIP is.
    Heres a good link with some info on FIP.

    Feline Infectious Peritonitis and Coronavirus Web Site
     
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    kozykatz PetForums VIP

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    So sorry to hear that you lost your kitten recently. I agree with Jen, a post mortem is the only definitive way to make a diagnosis of FIP.

    IF it really was FIP then the recommendation is to wait 7-8 weeks before bringing in a new cat or kitten - meanwhile make sure you clean everything thoroughly. Coronavirus can survive about 7 weeks in suitable conditions.

    Hope you will soon have a new family member :)
     
  4. Bazsmum

    Bazsmum PetForums Newbie

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    She is currently at the vets and am waiting to hear news of the post mortem.

    Why would you have to wait 6 to 8 weeks? I am really missing my baby, and I need a new kitten to take my mind of her! :(
     
  5. Jen26

    Jen26 PetForums VIP

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    Because the corona virus could still be present in your house for up to 8 weeks. I would also ask your vet to titre test your other cat before bringing another cat into the household.
     
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    Angelic1 PetForums Member

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    So sorry to hear of your loss. :(
    The breeders where I bought my cat from lost their main stud cat to FIP. It made me very paranoid and I did quite a bit of reading on it. Here are a few links that might give you a little more insight. But if it were me I would wait a little while before getting a new kitty....just to be on the safe side.
    :)


    http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+2134&aid=212


    Feline Infectious Peritonitis and Coronavirus Web Site


    FCoV prevention in kittens has come to be known as the "early weaning and isolation" technique, since essentially that is
     
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    I'm so sorry to hear that you have lost your little one to this horrible illness. It really is best to wait the recomended 8 weeks, just to make sure that your house is clear of any shedded virus.
     
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    :crazy: :eek:ut:
     
  9. Bazsmum

    Bazsmum PetForums Newbie

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    Excuse me? I came on here for information about introducing a new kitten to a household that has just lost a kitten to poss FIP, what is your problem?

    Its seems it varies on how long to wait as I have also heard 3 and 6 months elsewhere, so if I say to leave it at least 8 weeks would that be okay?

    Thankyou for your kind (well all but one) responses! ;)
     
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