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Symptoms Of Cats FIP

10 iul. 2024

FIP is a very terrible disease. Learning about common signs of FIP, which is an important guide for cats to diagnosis and treat FIP timely.

FIP comes in "dry" , "wet" , "ocular" and "neuro" form. The symptoms of FIP can vary widely. Initial symptoms of FIP are often nonspecific, most will show symptoms as follows:

    Diarrhea      Vomiting     Stunted growth    Fever     Weight loss

But there are specific differences among the four types of FIP. 

1. Wet FIP

Wet FIP is characterized by a build up of fluid in the cat’s abdomen (ascites), lungs (pleural effusion) or heart (pericardial effusion).  Cats develop increased fluid in the abdomen area which often mimics a pot-bellied appearance. Difficulty breathing with increased respiratory effort and panting, or open-mouth breathing happens when there is fluid in the chest area. The “wet” form is seen more typically in young kittens.

Additional symptoms typically include inappetence, lethargy, high fever that does not respond to antibiotics, 3rd eyelid protrusion, and occasionally jaundice.

2. Dry FIP

Dry FIP may present with a variety of symptoms, many of which are consistent with other conditions as well, which makes for a more challenging diagnosis.  Cats with dry FIP often present with decreased activity or hiding/sleeping, stunted growth, inappetence, fever, anemia, nasal discharge, and/or protruding third eyelid(s). There is often a history of diarrhea

3. Ocular FIP

Ocular disease occurs as a sole or primary presenting sign in about one-third of cats with dry FIP and in association with extra-ocular lesions in two thirds of cases. Uveitis, keratic precipitates, aqueous flare, or retinal vessel cuffing may be present.  

4. Neuro FIP

If the virus has affected the central nervous system or brain, neurological symptoms may include vague signs of dementia, leg weakness, ataxia, tremors, seizures, fecal and/or urinary incontinence or nystagmus (darting eyes).

When you notice any of these symptoms in your cat, especially if they persist or worsen, please consult your vet immediately for further evaluation and diagnosis. While these signs may be related to other diseases, early diagnosis and treatment can improve the success of treatment and your cat's chances of survival.

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