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What are Coronavirus?

Coronavirus is most often found in young cats or multi-cat households where it is spread through feces and airborne contaminants. Fatalities most often occur in cats who are young or have a weakened immune system.

Coronavirus in cats, or feline infectious peritonitis, is a viral disease caused by certain strains of feline coronavirus. Though most strains of feline coronavirus do not cause the disease to occur, some strains can cause symptoms that range from mild to severe. These strains may also mutate in the cat's body, becoming feline infectious peritonitis virus. This virus attacks the immune system and vital organs, resulting in the death of the cat.

Symptoms of Coronavirus in Cats

Symptoms of feline infectious peritonitis depend on the type of strain of coronavirus that the cat has contracted, the age of the cat, the cat's immune system and what specific organs are attacked by the virus. The virus can be one of two types, wet or dry, with symptoms depending on the type of feline infectious peritonitis the cat has contracted.

Wet/Effusive

  • Fever that doesn't respond to pain reliever or antibiotics
  • Weight loss
  • Anorexia (lack of appetite)
  • Lethargy
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Nasal discharge
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal distension (nonpainful abdominal swelling)
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Fluid in chest cavity
  • Granulomas that form on different organs of the body

Dry/Non-Effusive

  • Fever that doesn't respond to pain relievers or antibiotics
  • Poor growth (in young kittens)
  • Eye inflammation
  • Jaundice
  • Depression
  • Anemia
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Neurological symptoms, which include loss of sight, loss of balance or inability to properly run/walk due to loss of coordination

Causes of Coronavirus in Cats

Feline coronavirus is fairly common among cats and is transmitted through the feces of other infected cats or from breathing in contaminants. Feline infectious peritonitis is caused by the feces or airborne contaminants of certain strains of the coronavirus. Some types of feline coronaviruses can mutate and attack the white blood cells, which then carry the disease throughout the body. When this mutation occurs, it causes feline infectious peritonitis virus.

Diagnosis of Coronavirus in Cats

Feline infectious peritonitis is difficult to diagnose as there is no definitive test that can determine if a cat has a mild form of coronavirus or feline infectious peritonitis. The symptoms can also mimic other diseases or viruses, making it more difficult for veterinarians to diagnose properly.

The veterinarian will ask for the cat's health history, which includes the cat's symptoms, when symptoms first began, and if the cat lives with other cats at home or was frequently placed in a kennel. The veterinarian will examine the cat, listening to the cat's breathing and looking for a distended abdomen. 

Labs, which include a complete blood count and an ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) test, will need to be done. The complete blood count will look for white blood cells that are indicative of an infection while an ELISA test will show the presence of any coronavirus antibodies. A sample of fluid may be taken from the thorax or abdomen for further testing. Additionally, a fecal test using a stool sample may also be performed to detect the virus. Because these tests only show if the coronavirus is present and not if it's mutated, however, the veterinarian will diagnose the cat with feline infectious peritonitis if it doesn't have the symptoms of other viruses or diseases.

Treatment of Coronavirus in Cats

Most strains of coronavirus don't require treatment as the cat's immune system will produce antibodies against the virus. Unfortunately, there is no cure if the cat has developed feline infectious peritonitis. Care is centered on keeping the cat comfortable and prolonging its life for a few months. 

If the cat is diagnosed with the non-effusive type of feline infectious peritonitis, medications will be prescribed. Antibiotics will help kill bacteria, immunosuppressants will prevent the virus from mutating, and anti-inflammatory medications will reduce the pain the cat is experiencing and reduce inflammation throughout the body.

Recovery of Coronavirus in Cats

Feline infectious peritonitis is fatal in approximately 95 percent of cases. In some cases, the prescribed medications can keep the infection dormant, or in remission, for several months. It's important to follow up with the veterinarian so medications can be evaluated for effectiveness and changed, if needed, in order to allow the cat to be comfortable.

Though there is a vaccine available to prevent feline infectious peritonitis, its use is not recommended by the American Association of Feline Practitioners as it hasn't proven effective in preventing the virus in all cases. 

The best way to keep coronavirus from spreading to other cats is to vigilantly clean the cat's food and water dishes, regularly disinfect the cat's living space and keep sick cats away from other cats in multi-cat households. Kittens should be kept away from other cats, other than the mother, to prevent them from contracting the virus.

Coronavirus Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Beloved cats
no breed
4-6 years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

No current symptoms

Hello! I am in desperate need of your advice. We had 6 cats, the last one was adopted from a shelter 4 months ago and died yesterday from FIP (at least we've got such a diagnoses - his blood was corona-positive with high titres, he refused from food, high fever that we coudn't stop for 2 weeks, and finally he's got lever inflamation and liquid in his belly, the antibiotics didn't help him - we changed them twice). The question is that we have 5 more cats, not showing symptoms, but we are afraid that they are coronavirus-positive as well. Can we conduct some kind of preventive treatment for them to suppress the "amount" of virus in them and to prevent it from developing into FIP? I don't want to lose them all, we love them all so much. I would be very gratefull for you advice. Thank you!

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1700 Recommendations
You need to dissociate feline infectious peritonitis and coronavirus; the majority of cats from shelters and catteries will be coronavirus positive but that is no indicator of FIP, FIP is a mutation of the strain of coronavirus and if you test your cats there is a high likelihood that they have coronavirus but doesn’t mean they will get FIP. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ruby
tabby
7 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Hi. I have two cats and i have adopted one more two months ago.New one had corona and she used interferon. We had 3 blood work. First was talen after we adopted her. 2. One after using interferon. There was improvement on the second one. 3.one is exactly same with the second one. Our veternerian says you have 2 options. First one is you can keep all the cats together, but its risky. Or you give the new cat away. I dont want to give her away. But i am terrified that my other cats will catch corona virus. What should i do? I dont want to loose them all. Give me a good advise please.

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1700 Recommendations
Coronavirus itself is not dangerous per se but a mutated form of the virus may cause feline infectious peritonitis (FIP); in reality up to 90% of cats in some shelters, catteries or even households may show a positive antibody titre but it doesn’t indicate infection. Your Veterinarian is right, either mix them together or keep them separate until the new cat tests zero on the antibody titre. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lola
Ragdoll
12 months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

My cat tested positive for coronavirus,titre 640 after my previous cat died of fip in september. How long should it take for the virus to go to 0 titre? And how long should I wait till I do another blood test after the last one?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1700 Recommendations
A coronavirus antibody titre isn’t indicative of FIP (feline infectious peritonitis) and many cats will test positive to coronavirus which only indicates exposure to the virus but may not be suggestive of a current infection or susceptibility to FIP. Generally, we would test cats every three months until we get a zero antibody titre test; but this is only done if you are looking to enter certain breeding programs or catteries. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you.

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Porridge
dsh
18 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

I have just taken on a new stray cat. She is over 18 months old, spayed and appears healthy.

I took her for a health check prior to integrating her with my other cats. She had a faint line against FoCV. A further blood test was done for FIP but was not conclusive.

She has normal poop, no fever and no symptoms. As a result of the test I was advised not to let her mix at all with my other cats and to consider not keeping her.

I don't want to put my cats at risk but I have no ideas if they may already have FoCV - they were all rescues and go to a cattery occasionally.

The new cat with FoCV doesn't like being left on her own, so I feel a bit stuck. What is the best course of action in this case? What are the realistic risks to my other cats?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1700 Recommendations
Coronavirus is not an unusual finding in a healthy cat and detecting coronavirus doesn’t always mean a diagnosis of FIP; whilst measures should be taken, based on the information provided it doesn’t seem like there is a risk but you should discuss this with your Veterinarian and possibly retest to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks - that's very helpful

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cindy
Selkirk Rex
6 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Weight Loss diarrhea bad smell
Weight Loss diarrhea
Weight Loss

Medication Used

predislone

my cat has had diahrhea on and off for 4 years solidd for nearly a year vet did poop sample an she tested positive for coronavirus an crostisum she had antibitics kgel mydirhrha
now on twice a day steroids but nothing stops the poops
she stinks sooo bad purrs all day lost weight but remained same weight last 3 months she is petite pedigree indoor cat selkirm rex i breed them i have 18 others
my vet is worried they all have it only cindy with symtpoms i cant afford to get them tested only cindy with loose poops she licks it up she in the ltter tray all day long
what can i do? as we have exhausted all options she drips poop everywhere! vet wants me to considder putting her down as could be at risk to my other cats

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1700 Recommendations
There are a few possible causes for the diarrhoea which you are describing which may include infections, parasites (protozoa), colitis, food allergies among other issues; also many cats test positive for coronavirus without showing any symptoms. Further testing and possibly consultation with a Specialist would be need to help narrow down to a specific cause and diagnosis; I’m not sure if euthanasia is required, but I would check the faeces for parasites if not done already and an x-ray may be of value. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Madeline
tabby
9 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

High FeCoV titre
Random oedema in limbs, face, chin

Medication Used

Furosemide

Our kitten (9 months) recently started having random oedemas in her legs, feet, chin, etc (the same area has never come up twice, cause her no pain, she has a great appetite, lovely coat and seems unbothered by the swellings) which our vet gave us furosemide for - alongside various viral tests, bloods, x-rays,etc. The diuretic takes down any swelling within 24 hours each time, and we can go 4-5 days without any swellings at all (and these periods are getting longer). The swellings have been happening for about 3 weeks.

Results are now back and the key one to mention is the positive FeCoV titre result of 10,000+. FIV, FELV were negative. As mentioned, no symptoms alongside the random swellings. Having done quite a lot of reading, I see that “nephrotic syndrome” can be a secondary caused by a FeCoV infection. Vet said bloods and urine analysis were reasonably normal - total proteins are very slightly low, urea very slightly high, albumin a touch low. Alb:Glob ratio = 1.15.

Can a FeCoV infection cause this type of immune system weirdness, and should it burn itself out - or should we look at something like the renal symptoms of nephrotic syndrome?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1700 Recommendations
We would expect a cat with nephrotic syndrome secondary to coronavirus infection to present with other symptoms, noticeably irregular kidneys which your Veterinarian would be able to palpate during an examination. Urinalysis for protein detection will show if the kidneys are leaking any protein from them which may explain slightly low albumin levels; the edema may be associated with nephritis but would require further investigation and may not be associated with coronavirus but may be familial. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Holly
Siamese
10 Weeks
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

No current symptoms

my neighbor and I got 3 cats from the same cattery. She got 2, one from 2 different litters living in the same house. One kitten was the runt and they recently found he has coronavirus in his stool. He is quite ill and they are monitoring him for if the virus has possibly mutated into FIP. (Although he was originally FIP negative)

My kitten was from a different litter but same house, and currently healthy. My question is, is it likely my cat has coronavirus but it is dormant? If she has dormant coronavirus, do we need to avoid getting another kitten? We were looking to adopt a second cat but would not want to put another at risk. Thanks

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1700 Recommendations
Coronavirus is more common than people realise with some catteries and shelters having a seroprevalence of up to 90% of cats; but less than 5% of cats with coronavirus will develop FIP (feline infectious peritonitis). I would let this stop you from adopting another cat and there are many cats (and other pets) in need of loving homes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/generalized-conditions/feline-infectious-peritonitis/overview-of-feline-infectious-peritonitis

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Geralt
Tabby
8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Fluid in Abdomen

Medication Used

Metronidazole

My cat came up positive in a abdominal fluid test for FIP but is not showing any symptoms. He does have fluid in his belly but that is it. He eats, drinks, solid stool, after taking antibiotics his fever has stopped for days now and is active as can be. My doctor insists that it is FIP but we are convinced other wise. We want to know a different opinion

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1700 Recommendations

Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP caused by coronavirus) is a difficult diagnosis to make and is usually a diagnosis of exclusion; the presence of coronavirus on a diagnostic test cannot differentiate between a non-virulent strain compared to a virulent strain, therefore symptoms are checked and a differential diagnosis is done to determine other possible causes of the symptoms and are tested individually, once all the conditions on the differential diagnosis comes back as negative, a presumptive diagnosis of exclusion is made of FIP. The main symptoms of effusive (wet) FIP are distended abdomen due to fluid, breathing difficulties, loss of appetite and depression (not all symptoms may show). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi there my cat has tested positive for coroner virus he's well apart from chronic diarohea of a dark brown colour has anyone idea how to calm the diarohea

Hi there my two year old Persian tested positive for coroner virus he constantly has diarohea but otherwise he is well is there anything I can do to calm the diarohea down it's like dark watery consistency

Uno - Cat - 10 yrs old just got a diag of the same... The person taking care of him let the litter boxes fill so HIGH that he started peeing, on the floor - I was not hired 2 take care of him as I have in the past where I cleaned the 4 cat litter boxes EVERY day. Guess $300 was 2 much 2 pay 4 16 days while the owner was gone - I DID sneak over & saw how the boxes were NOT cleaned... I said - SELF - he did not hire me so Y should I do that... I should have cuz I love his cat & the cat absolutely loves me....loves me When I drive in the driveway - no comes 2 me & PURRS & PURRS cuz his owner neglecks him a LOT! He should NOT have him & I guess he won't in a month or so! & NOW he's going 2 DIE... I'm SO awfwul SAD

I am curious to know if the cat mentioned above is making a recovery or otherwise. Our cat has been diagnosed with coronavirus but still has a very good apetite - however he has lost weight somehow and is not so happy and playful. He is now showing a fuller belly with possibly liquid building up inside but eats so much it's odd... This is hard to accept there is no cure and we wonder if he's in pain or what will happen next before making the hard decision to let him go...

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