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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

bobo
good
One Year
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

thanks for this information, my cat of age one year and tow monthes was diagnosed by coronavirus but my cat eat well drink well tow, and have white worms in itis feces, with swollen abdomin .idoesent notice any symptoms except the abdominal swolling, also im not sure that my cat make urine ,could i gave my kitty nedazole antibiotics witout harming my cat. please tell me what to do thanks

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Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Intestinal coronavirus is a very common finding in cats, and doesn't typically cause disease unless it mutates to FIP virus. If your cat has been diagnosed with FIP, the prognosis is very guarded for Bobo. If he has been diagnosed with coronavirus, the prognosis is better and his signs may be unrelated. Since he has a swollen belly and you are not sure if he is urinating, it would be best to have him seen by your veteirinarian, as they can examine him, evaluate his health status, and prescribe any medications that might be appropriate. I hope that he is okay.

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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?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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Cotton
Domestic long hair
5 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Bloating, panting, fast breathing,

If my cat is tested positive with FIP (still warded, results will come later), will the virus spread to other cats as well? I have 5 healthy cats + 1 sick cat.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coronavirus is a common infection in cats especially in multi cat household and in shelters, but the regular coronavirus doesn’t immediately mean feline infectious peritonitis (FIP); once the virus mutates it is not contagious to other cats. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Calico
5 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

My kitten who is almost 5 months old was just diagnosed with coronavirus. I’ve had her since she was 6 weeks old and has had diarrhea since the day I brought her home. I took her to the vet 3 times each time they prescribed an antibiotic and nothing seemed to help. Well last week I bit the bullet and had a fecal sample sent off and the results said she had coronavirus and giardia, I am going tomorrow to get her antibiotics, but are my 3 other healthy cats safe?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coronavirus is more common than people think and I would be more concerned with the Giardia than the coronavirus, you should treat all three cats for Giardia to be on the safe side; coronavirus infections are common in shelters, catteries, breeders with prevalence rates of up to 80% in some places. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

The corona virus is seperate from FIP.F This article is so confusing. FIP is a mutation of the coronavirus. Its not the same thing or same treatments or same symptoms

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Badem
mixed
21 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

No symptom

My cat is 21 months old now, and we have decided to neutralize her. Our vet advise us to check her for coronavirus. The test was elisa and the result is high titre positive. So we postponed the operation for about 4 months. She is very energetic, well in appetite and show no symptoms. I found her when she was 2 months old and she had all the vaccines from that time. What does high titre means and is there anything we could do to maintain a healthy life?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coronavirus is a common infection with cats and many cats will have a positive titre test; a high titre may indicate a current or recent infection but even cats which do not have a current infection may still have a positive titre result because the antibodies are still present. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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M and m
Ragdoll
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Hi I have two rag doll kittens who tested positive for corona not FIP in jan. Both were given abtioniotics as hey also had a stomach worm which was easily addressed according to vet with the antibiotic. All cats in home were treated (I have a third adult fixed female rag doll who also got sick however she is now fully recovered). The two kittens are approaching 6months old and still have diarrhea regularly. I have done the chicken rice pumpkin et to harded poo but diarrrea seems to Come back as soon as on tin food and biscuits

My questions are1. Is there anything I can do to stop diarrhea returning long term or is this part of shedding the virus?
2. THe vet told me (as I did buy these the kittens to love and be part of our family Mostly but also to breed) she told me that 90% of purebread will have the cronies virus and I can still breed from them , only not to breed if FIP was present. Is this he case?? I can’t find anything online about it except that’s lot of breeders have cats with corona virus.

Any advice much appreciated. Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coronavirus is more widespread than most cat owners believe, there are coronavirus free breeders/catteries etc… and ones which are not; only a small portion of coronavirus positive cats develop feline infectious peritonitis due to a mutation of the virus. If the stool continues to be loose, you should try to reduce the amount of wet food given to see if a higher proportion of kibbles helps with the stool. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.cats.org.uk/uploads/documents/cat-care-leaflets-2013/VG10_Feline_Coronavirus_(FCoV)_and_Feline_Infectious_Peritonitis_(FIP).pdf

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Nala
Mixed breed
11 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss

Hi
My cat was diagnosed with corona virus about a month ago. She has thrown up a couple times does that mean she is coming to an end
Thank you
Kim
Long Beach CA

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coronavirus is not an unusual finding and may not be a serious infection for a cat unless the cat is showing signs of feline infectious peritonitis (FIP); I cannot say whether or not Nala’s symptoms are serious and would recommend you visit your Veterinarian for an examination if the vomiting continues. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mable and Ollie
Exotic short haired
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat has just been put to sleep due to being severely poorly and post morterm has shown he had f I p , two of my other cats shared the same litter tray and living space and I’m terrified they wud of caught this too and are also going to die , as it can be passed in through poo in the tray can’t it
My vet said there is a very small risk of about 10 per cent that they may have caught this of my poorly cat , I’m terrified I’m going to loose another one or them both. If one of them have become infected wud it take along time for symptoms to show as I feel now I’m just going to be living on a knifes edge worried frantic not knowing if I’m going to loose another beloved pet , so if they can’t catch f I p off another cat it wud be the conovirus they wud catch off a cat infected with f I p is that correct and if so what shud I look for symptom wise and cud it be cured , I’m in pieces and so confused and terrified I’m gonna have to go through the loss all over again

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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FIP is a strange disease. Your other cats may not becme infected, as most cats carry Coronavirus, but rare cats actually have the disease convert to FIP. make sure to clean the litter box, and try not to worry, but have your cats seen by your veterinarian if they are showing any unexpected signs. I hope that they are both okay.

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Gogosh
Persian
4 Years
Critical condition
1 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty

Medication Used

none

I had a cat which was diagnosed with FIP. She
apparently had the corona virus. She passed away
as her lungs were floating and the vet stated
it was cruel to let her suffer and she was put to
sleep. I would like to get a new kitten soon
because the pain of losing my beautiful cat
had been almost unbearable. But I’m concerned about new kittens picking up the virus.
What should I do for precaution?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coronavirus is a very common virus with some cat populations having a prevalence rate of 80% or more; the problem is if the virus mutates and a cat develops feline infectious peritonitis. The virus however will only survive a few weeks in the environment (literature states two weeks), so you will be free to get another cat. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much 3> I appreciate you taking time to answer my question.

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Moki
domestic short hair
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
lack of appetite
Sneezing

Medication Used

Proviable DC
Hills i/d

My new rescue cat has been diagnosed with Coronavirus and now I'm seriously paranoid about that mutating. How might I know if the virus mutates? What can I do that I have not already done- took him to the vet, had him tested (currently FIP negative), and put him on a perscription cat food for digestion.

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Lola
Ragdoll
12 months
Fair condition
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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?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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Misty
Black & White Short Hair
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea only

My 12 year old cat tested positive for Feline Coronavirus, but the remainder of a full blood panel and urinalysis were all normal. There was no sign that the virus had mutated into FIP. She has had a severe case of diarrhea for almost 3 months and has been on Hill's Prescription i/d (canned and dry, most recently only dry food). Fecal test at the onset of the diarrhea showed no giardia. Upon positive diagnosis today of Coronavirus, I took my other 2 cats in to be tested and am awaiting results. I have isolated my sick kitty in a 4-foot wide round pet playpen, pending the test results on the other 2. She shows no other signs of being sick, other than the diarrhea. She has no fever, is eating, drinking water, is active, does not show any lethargy. Other than the diarrhea, she seems perfectly normal. Her overall condition does not match anything I'm reading on the Internet about other cats with that virus. Could it be that she was misdiagnosed? If she's been misdiagnosed, is there treatment for the diarrhea (as there is for humans)?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coronavirus is a lot more common than cat owners think, it is likely that the other two cats are positive as well. There are many different causes for diarrhoea and there are different treatments depending on the underlying cause, treatment for enteric coronavirus is supportive and symptomatic. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/digestive-system/diseases-of-the-stomach-and-intestines-in-small-animals/feline-enteric-coronavirus

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Mischeif
Persian
5 months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My kitten has had diaherria for 3 weeks. My 4 year old cat has had it for nearly 3 weeks. My 11 year old now had it. Finally, doing a diaherria panel on all three (after several negative fecals), they found the kitten has corona virus, but the others are negative still. My question is, given 90% of cats have corona virus, and all of my cats are persians from breeders, so most likely all have it, could the kitten somehow "activate" in the other cats? Also it is getting worse instead of better. How long will it last? Is it possible that they also have something else like coccidia that didn't show up, or would all other parasites/bacteria that cause diaherria show up on diaherra panels or in fecal exams?

Also, my vet told me to give probiotics, but within 5 minutes of giving them, the kitten vomits. Can the probiotics cause vomiting?

Now they are not on medications, but they were on metraconidzale for two weeks and that helped some. Now that they are off of it, the diaherra is getting worse.

They were also on itraconazole because the kitten brought ringworm. But they are all off now because they had bad side effects, including vomiting.

THANKS

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coronavirus sounds scary, but most of the time cats will recover and show minimal signs; a coronavirus test wouldn’t show up parasites so a faecal test would be required in order to determine whether there were protozoa or worms present, monthly anthelmintics should be given regardless as part of your prevention program along with topical spot on products. If they still have ringworm, topical ointments may help and trimming the hair around the lesions would make application easier. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

thanks for this information, my cat of age one year and tow monthes was diagnosed by coronavirus but my cat eat well drink well tow, and have white worms in itis feces, with swollen abdomin .idoesent notice any symptoms except the abdominal swolling, also im not sure that my cat make urine ,could i gave my kitty nedazole antibiotics witout harming my cat. please tell me what to do
thanks

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A
Domestic shorthair
5 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Watery eyes

My cat's PCR panel came back positive for coronavirus (along with CPA and CPE). He's 5 years old, and his PCR panel was negative for coronavirus as late as 6/13! Does that mean he was exposed to coronavirus since 6/13 or he could have been exposed long ago but it never showed up on PCR until now? Thanks!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A single negative PCR test is not meaningful as the shedding of the virus isn’t continuous, this is why we recommend that a minimum of five consecutive monthly tests come back negative before we can be relatively confident that the cat is negative. So he could have been ‘positive’ before but wasn’t shedding. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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cindy
Selkirk Rex
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

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

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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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

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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

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...

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

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

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

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Ziggy
mixed shorthair
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

anasocira

I got an 8 year old rescue, who had been 'surrendered by owner', 5 years ago. He has been big, healthy and vigorously communicative, outgoing and pushy. Overnight, his left pupil dilated, he become withdrawn, extra thirsty, not as hungry and very quiet. Vet said after many tests, he has corona virus and has developed antibodies. They said there was no plan for his treatment except to manage symptoms. I read on Pet MD an experimental treatment: https://www.petmd.com/blogs/thedailyvet/dr-coates/2016/april/new-drug-may-mean-fip-no-longer-death-sentence-cats-34010.
Where and how can I get this for my cat?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The treatment mentioned in the article is known as a antiviral protease inhibitor and is currently a scientific theory, not an available treatment to the market. Coronavirus doesn’t mean specifically that a cat has feline infectious peritonitis as only a small number of cats with coronavirus become affected. You should discuss this more with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Calico
5 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

I asked a question here last week about my 5 month old kitten who has coronavirus and giardia and I’ve been treating her with meds from the vet and the constant diarrhea hasn’t stopped, what should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You haven’t mentioned which treatment has been given for the diarrhoea, which may be fenbendazole or metronidazole; but in cases which don’t respond to treatment we generally prescribe a course of fenbendazole and metronidazole together. You should have another faecal test done to check for Giardia and ensure that you are cleaning Bella after defecating and cleaning the litter tray each time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Porridge
dsh
18 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
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?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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Cleo
Bengal
6 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

I had 2 kittens. One just died from FIP. So I figure it’s like 100% likely the other has coronavirus (not Fip)...

My questions are1) with deep and frequent cleaning and disinfecting ect for several months can one actually completely get rid of the virus in the home and the surviving kitten?

2) I plan to introduce a new cat in 6 months or so, and I want to make sure my current cat no longer is infected! I plan to get her tested in a couple months to see that the infection is gone. And I plan to get the new cat tested before bringing him home to make sure he also is negative. If both cats living in the home are negative. Does that mean that the house is coronavirus free and neither will get it again?

3) Or can it be reintroduced randomly (ie. on shoes/cloths worn at other people’s homes ect)

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Cleo. I'm sorry for the loss of your kitten. Coronavirus exists in nearly every cat in the world, and only becomes a problem when it mutates to the FIP virus. The test for Coronavirus is not a particularly helpful test, as it doesn't tell us anything about FIP. The majority of cats carry corona with no problems, and it is partially due to genetics whether the virus will mutate. You can't get rid of the corona virus in the environment, as cats are rarely corona virus free- it doesn't typically cause a problem as long as the house is stress free and not over crowded. If you have any further questions, it would be best to ask your veterinarian, as they have seen your cats and know their specific situation. I hope that everything goes well with your kitten.

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Holly
Siamese
10 Weeks
Fair condition
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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

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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Mickey
DOMESTIC
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fever

Hello,
I have a sweetie domestic cat whom I found in the garden and adopted nearly three years ago. According to the vet she was 2,5 months old. She has been vaccined regularly for the last three years, including the normal vaccine against flu (I think) the vaccine against rabies and the anti-parasite treatment. This year, following her regular flu-vaccine in January she got high fever (40 Degrees Celsius). She had no appetite and had been rather passive for some days following the vaccine. I thought she caught a cold, because the weather was very cold and she stayed outside for a while. She was tested corona positive with antbodies in her blood but no antibodies in her stool. The vet said 80% of straycats are corona positive and that the reason she got fever was an allergy against the vaccine (which was of a different brand than the previous ones this time). But I am suspicious about the vet as he once said that my cat stayed with another cat in the cage for a few hours while she was in the vet's cannel when I went on holidays) Anyway, they gave her meloxican once and it stopped the fever. But she is still having higher fever from time to time although it has been more than 3 months since she had the vaccine. In the summer we usually get her hair shaved because she has very long hair and is shedding a lot. For the shaving process she gets a sedation. At the same time she received her enteric parasite vaccine. After that, she apparently vomited (I sent a picture of the excrement to the vet who confirmed it was vomitting not diarrhea). She also has a little bit of a belly but it is by no means as much swollen as in cats diagnosed with FIP. Now, as I really love her much and don't want to increase the risks of mutation of the Corona virus into FIP, I refused to let her receive the rabbies vaccine (she is an exclusive indoor cat) although the vet says she may get all her vaccines along with an anti-histaminic to avoid allergic reactions, but I am very skeptical. My questions are:

Would it have been better not to vaccine her at all since she was a stray cat and all stray cats are 90% corona positive?

Would there have been a possibility to test her for corona antibodies before vaccinating her at all?

I am avoiding any kind of stress for her as I have read that stress may trigger mutation of FCov into FIP and I am feeding her Hills kibbles (Optimal Care - Adults <6 years old) along with two or three small spoons full of canned cat-food (Brand: shesir) + 6 little pills for her immune system (Dr Clauders Immune Strengthening kibbles) + Gimpet paste with 12 vitamins every day.

She is a very playful and communicative cat who loves to be near her people. So I play with her every day and show her a lot of affection. She sneezes from time to time and sometimes her purring sound seems as if she had a slightly blocked nose.
By the way, I took her to another vet for a second check (blood tests and x-ray), and he said that she has a bit of a belly indeed and a wheezing sound while breathing but he added that she is perfectly healthy otherwise.
A friend of mine from Sweden who is a vet told me that antibodies eventually die out. So I am really puzzled about this recurrent fever...and would be very happy to get your opinion on how long it will take for her to be fully "normal" again without these ups and downs.
Sorry for such a long description! And thank you for your answer.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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To answer your questions, most cats are positive from a very young age for Coronavirus, and most never develop FIP. It was definitely better to vaccinate her, especially because she was a stray cat. The recurrent fever is probably not still related to the vaccine, but may be a periodic flareup of viral disease, which is also common in cats. She may benefit from a supplement such as Lysine. I hope that all goes well for her!

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Boss
scotish fold
6 Months
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Fever
strange faeces
Lethargy
no eatting,

Medication Used

metronidazole
antibiotic

I had 2 kittens, 6 months old, from the same breeder. They have the same father and different mothers. One of them was put to sleep 6 days ago, Chronologically it happened this way: the first morning I found she was weeping freaky. The faeces looked normal but were covered with diarrhea and mucus. He was lethargic, did not eat, was obviously weak and lost weight. All this one night. I took him to the vet. He had fever. He received an antibiotic for fever and metronidazole treatment twice a day. He told me to come with him the next morning to see him. During that day he did not eat at all but drank the water. Lethargic. The next morning was weaker. He had lost weight. I went to the vet. He had no more fever but his general condition was worse. The vet wanted to feed him by infusion, but first he gave him a spoonful of wet food that he ate. I took him home. He did not eat all day and drank very little water. He rarely went to the litter, stopping to rest on the trail. They were only fifteen meters between the place where he stood and the litterbox but he was tired. I noticed he has slight balance problems but I thought it was just from exhaustion. In the evening his condition was already worse. I noticed she was breathing faster. He went to the litterbox, but 1 meter ahead of it he stopped. He was exhausted. I took to the litterbox. I called the vet and went to see him. The vet was going to put it in the infusion but first he did a quick blood test and told me he was suspicious of the FIP. He told me there was no treatment, he could be sustained with infusions for a while, but in the end he would die and it would be a period of torment for the kitten. I agreed to put him to sleep.
The other kitten looks fine. Playing, eating, defeating normally. Still, she is always looking for her play partner. The veterinarian said that this kitten certainly has coronavirus.
The breeder offered to give me another kitten, younger, in 2 weeks. Is it okay to bring another kitten to the house from the same breeder? Is it okay at all to bring another kitten in the house?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coronavirus is not an unusual finding (considered ‘normal’ in multicat households and shelters), the problem is in a small number of cases when the coronavirus mutates and feline infectious peritonitis develops. If you are wanting to keep your home coronavirus free, you should think about having any cats you have tested and bringing in cats from another breeder. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/digestive-system/diseases-of-the-stomach-and-intestines-in-small-animals/feline-enteric-coronavirus www.cats.org.uk/uploads/documents/cat-care-leaflets-2013/VG10_Feline_Coronavirus_(FCoV)_and_Feline_Infectious_Peritonitis_(FIP).pdf

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Beloved cats
no breed
4-6 years
Fair condition
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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!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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Arya, Sonic, Onyx
Scottish Fold
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

no symptoms

Hi! We have 3 cats - 2 scottish fold (3 years and 1 year), 1 street cat (1 year old). Today we learned that all our cats has coronavirus, but in sleeping mode. I wanna ask should we change their daily treatment or is there some special treatment for cats who already has virus, but still not effected of it? they are all indoor cats, regularly have vet checking

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Corona virus is very commonly found in healthy cats - most cats have been exposed to it at some point in their lives. It doesn't typically cause problems unless it mutates into the FIP virus, which can happen but thankfully isn't as common as the corona virus. There aren't really any things that you can do to prevent that from happening other than provide them a nice, clean home with regular veterinary check ups.

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Mischief
Persian
4 months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

Three weeks ago I got a persian kitten from a breeder. He developed diaherria and then my four year old persian got diaherria too. All fecals were negative. Then my 11 year old persian got diaherria as well. Diaherra panels on all cats show the kitten is positive for corona virus and the other two were negative at the time of testing. All have diaherria and there has been some vomiting (although that was after I started them on probiotics at my vet's suggestion).
Should I get rid of the kitten? I don't want to risk my other two beloved cats. They are all symptomic with diaherria. Please advise. THANKd

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coronavirus is not uncommon in cats from breeders and catteries; symptoms are usually mild diarrhoea but most cats are asymptomatic. Only mutated strains of coronavirus may develop into feline infectious peritonitis; you should continue to test your cats, but it is your decision whether or not you keep the kitten but there is no reason why you shouldn’t. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.cats.org.uk/uploads/documents/cat-care-leaflets-2013/VG10_Feline_Coronavirus_(FCoV)_and_Feline_Infectious_Peritonitis_(FIP).pdf

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Bibi
Turkish Angora
2 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Vomiting

Hello! I have a male cat which is 2 years old and has been vomiting since over the past 10 days, sometimes he vomits once a day or sometimes one day he vomits and the other he doesn't so I took him to the doctor a couple of times to give him injections since he went through this before when he was younger but they didn't help. I have taken him to the doctor today where he did a blood test and told me that he has the coronavirus, he said there is nothing to do about it and that the only thing I can do is give him vitamins and supplements to make his immune system stronger. After that I wanted to make sure again from another doctor where I was told that if his immune system is strong he might get through the disease and that a lot of cases and tomorrow I'll have other blood tests done for him so that I'll know for sure if his immune system is strong enough or not. I was told to give him convalescence support from royal canin along with lysine aid gel. His appetite to food is good and there is no symptoms of diarrhea and I feel that he is depressed, I tired to make him play but he doesn't want to and he is not very active. I want to know if there is any advice you can give me that I can do or give him to make it better.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coronavirus isn’t a surprise finding in cats and may cause some gastrointestinal symptoms, however supportive care is the main course of treatment as there is no specific antiviral treatment available. The disease is generally self limiting with most cases being asymptomatic; typical symptoms in cats are vomiting and diarrhoea. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Do you expect the diarrhea to stop at any stage? Mine have been diagnosed corona when sick as kittens at 4months old now 6months still diarrhea regularly . I can given chicken rice and when I put back on tin food and biscuits straight back to runny poo. Is it normal shedding of the virus or more likely diet . Thanks

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Phoebe
Persian
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Peeing in her slep

Hello. My 4-year old cat has recently been peeing in her sleep without realising so. I am very concerned about her and cannot decide on what I should do. Due to the lack of veterinary support, it is almost impossible to correctly diagnose the cause.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many possible causes for urine leakage; when a cat sleeps their muscles relax and if the bladder muscles relax, it may lead to leakage of some urine. However, other conditions like hormonal conditions, nerve damage, spinal disorders, kidney disease among other causes may also lead to problems. You should try and get some veterinary attention if possible, if not ask a human medical clinic or pharmacy for a sterile container to collect urine and try to see if a human doctor will check it for you; without an examination I cannot give any specifics. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Coconut
Cat
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Healthy now

I'm adopting a 1 year old cat that was just treated as nd cured of tritrichomonis. But her tests keep coming back positive for corona virus..she has had several rounds of flagyl has no Diarra and healthy..CAN I PUT HER WITH MY OTHER CAT?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coronavirus is a common infection in cats with many cats in shelters and catteries testing seropositive on tests; the normal test used shows exposure to the virus but doesn’t necessarily mean an active infection. The decision to bring this cat into your household is down to you, you may find your current cat is seropositive too if tested. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
domestic short hair
10 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Uveitis

My cat was tested positive for corona virus in March with a mild case of uveitis occurring which lead my vet to diagnosing her with FIP. She had a case of uveitis in December so the recurrence coupled with positive corona virus led to FIP diagnosis (She had an elevated white blood cell count but no anemia). Since then, symptoms have gone away completely. She has lead a normal life from March to now with zero issues or symptoms which makes me second guess the FIP diagnosis. If I test for corona virus again, and the titer comes back negative, does that rule out FIP? Likewise If there a timeframe that would be good to wait before running the titer for a second time to confirm or exclude FIP?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Checking for coronavirus wouldn’t confirm feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) since only a small percentage of coronavirus cases mutate into FIP; there is no real specific diagnostic test for FIP since everything is shared with the regular coronavirus, however diagnosis is made or confirmed with observation of symptoms. You should check in with your Veterinarian for them to assess the symptoms and to determine whether or not they change their diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/generalized-conditions/feline-infectious-peritonitis/overview-of-feline-infectious-peritonitis

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Baloo
Abyssinian
8 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing

Can an 8 year old, indoor only, healthy cat develop full-blown corona-virus from an infection it caught as a kitten --- 8 full years before? Can this virus be chronic,maybe with mild symptoms, or completely dormant inside a cat for 8+ years before suddenly showing up with severe symptoms? We have another cat, but he's 4 years older, was an only cat until the second cat moved in 8 years ago. Thx!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Most cats carry corona virus in their systems as kittens. I'm not sure if you are referring to an upper respiratory infection that your cat may be showing signs from, but if so, many cats will have episodic signs of upper respiratory disease from stress in their environment or a low immune system, and the virus can cause signs until it is fought back down by the cat's immune system and things return to normal. Without more details on what is happening with Baloo, I hope that answered your question?

Yes, I think I understand. Cats can catch the virus as kittens, and it can surface many years later. This kitty had no recent exposure that I could think of, with the exception of vet check up and vaccines. He developed one of the strains of the corona virus, recovered, but developed and died from fip a year later. I'm not sure if those two incidents are related; he was only ever sick once, with the upper respiratory thing. My vet is very good, but I have a worry the cat could have been infected during a check up visit (no boarding involved), and would rather go someplace else for our other cat. I'm not really convinced that it's possible to catch via brief contacts, but want to make an informed, responsible decision about where we go for care. Thanks so much for your thoughts. I feel like a dummy.

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TIA
Siamese
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

Medication Used

metronidazole

I adopted a Siamese female cat from a cat rescue and she always seems to have Diarrhoea although she eats well and seems very playful and happy. I have had a ' stool ' test done through my vets along with a check up as having just got her I want to take out an insurance. The ' stool ' test has come back saying she has feline coronavirus and perfringens A-Gene ( apologies if that is not spelt correct ) and of course I am very very concerned. I have put her on a prescription diet from my vets and today have started her on Metronidazole tablets twice a day. Is there anything else I can do. PLEASE I am desperate as would hate to loose her. Many thanks for any advice

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coronavirus is very common in cats from shelters with a prevalence rate of around 80% in some studies, coronavirus is only concerning if it mutates and a cat develops feline infectious peritonitis which occurs only in a very few cases. Metronidazole is commonly used for gastrointestinal tract infections since it is effective against bacteria and protozoan parasites, however tylosin is generally more effective against Clostridium perfringens than metronidazole. But, follow the treatment plan offered by your Veterinarian and remember it may take a week or so to see improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ruby
tabby
7 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
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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.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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Molly
Savannah
2 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Tired

Hi, a friend of mine has two cats who are carriers of the corona virus. They caught this from two cats in their household who both died if FIPs having contracted this from the breeder. The titles of the two cats were 1000. 18 months later the two carrier cats have titre readings of 330 and 160 respectively. Is there a possibility they will rid themselves of being a carrier or will they always be one and if this is the case does this mean a kitten can never be introduced to the household who has come from a FIP background.

Sorry meant to say can a kitten ever be introduced to the household if he come from a FIP free household

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Sunshine
Mix
5 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

diarrhea with blood

Hi. A couple of months ago I adopted three kittens from different breeders.. About two weeks ago I had one of them died and a week ago another one. Both with clear symptoms of FIP according to my search and to the vet. It's so sad. I could never expected that.

I still have one of them alive with me. She is a mix of persian/tabby, a rare female ginger kitten.

The vet said for sure she has the coronavirus on her, as she presents diarrhea with blood frequently. But that's the only symptom she has. She eats very well, plays a lot and seems very healthy overall.

I wonder if the coronavirus could mutate on her body in the next weeks, months or years and become a FIP.


I also wonder if I could get her a company, another kitten to be with her at home while I'm at work. I don't want to leave her alone all day but I also don't want to put another life at risk.

Also is there something i could do to stop her diarrhea ?

thank you for your time and your attention.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coronavirus is more widespread than most people realise and the chance of mutation to feline infectious peritonitis is low; treatment for coronavirus is purely supportive during the presentation of symptoms. If you are looking to get a companion for Sunshine, you should find a seropositive cat; read through the links below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/digestive-system/diseases-of-the-stomach-and-intestines-in-small-animals/feline-enteric-coronavirus www.merckvetmanual.com/cat-owners/disorders-affecting-multiple-body-systems-of-cats/feline-infectious-peritonitis

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Fergus
BSH crossed with Scots fold
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

How long does it take for Coronavirus to mutate into fip? Our cat has been (not 100% but highly suspected) diagnosed with fip.. he’s an indoor cat and I’m curious as to how & when he could have caught it, we have 2 cats, both indoor & got them at the same time, they’re a year & 2 months old.. he’s far too young & doesn’t deserve this.. other is healthy.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coronavirus is a common infection in cats, however only a very small number of cats develop feline infectious peritonitis from a virus mutation; there is no set time frame for mutation rate and this may vary depending on age, stress and other factors. However, I will note that the mutated virus is no contagious. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Blue
Manks
5 Months
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Lethargy
No vomiting
Watery eyes

Medication Used

Dexamethasone
Clindamycin Hydrochloride

My 5 month old cat started to lose control of his backend. He literally couldn't walk. He Is on antibiotics for the last week. How long before we should see some ı improvements.?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The symptoms described are not really consistent with coronavirus infection and any medications like clindamycin would only be for secondary infections since it isn’t effective against a virus; the resolution or improvement in symptoms would depend on the actual underlying condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna (cat with coronavirus), Orion (cat who lives with Luna)
tabby
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Abdominal swelling
Vomiting
Lethargy
Lack of energy

Hello! I live with my sister, and one of her two cats has tested positive for the coronavirus and is currently on antibiotics. When leaving my residence and traveling to another home with cats, is there anything I can do to prevent transmitting it to them? I am deeply concerned since I visit my mother often and she has a household with an elderly cat and two kittens. It would break my heart if anything happened to them because of my spreading this terrible virus!!! The cat who has the coronavirus has had days where she’s been vomiting, lethargic, with a swollen belly and days where she is completely fine. I’m concerned that this cat may actually have FIP. Also, since the household with the infected cat also has another cat inside, is there anything we can do to prevent them from catching the virus? Should this other cat be on preventative antibiotics?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coronavirus is very misunderstood by cat owners; coronavirus is a virus (it is in the name), antibiotics are ineffective against it as they are for treating bacterial infections; many cats are seropositive for coronavirus and rates may reach 80% or more in some settings (shelters, catteries, breeders etc…). Only a small portion of cats develop the mutated version of the virus which presents as Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), if you suspect that Luna has FIP you should have this confirmed by a Veterinarian. Any cats with ‘regular’ coronavirus should be isolated from seronegative cats and retested until they are seronegative too; there is some information on the link below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/digestive-system/diseases-of-the-stomach-and-intestines-in-small-animals/feline-enteric-coronavirus www.msdvetmanual.com/generalized-conditions/feline-infectious-peritonitis/overview-of-feline-infectious-peritonitis

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