I know – I know. I’ve let you down my faithful readers. May was my last post. A lot of things have happened since then. Well let’s see..
- Accepted a new job
- Started a part-time job
- Stated new job
- learned a lot of new things for my job
- love my job!
- attended Annual Conference – really cool
- Nothing much happened in July
- Got my real diploma – YAY!
- Left part-time job, but started somewhere else – and I like that one
- Started seeing a therapist – I feel it’s helping me get my old self back
- Adopted Lucy (a now 6 month old Russian Blue kitten)
- Blizzard (our buff cat) was sisck for a few days
- Went on vacation – Antietam & Harper’s Ferry
- Went to Adjourned Session for my full-time job and learned we will reduce our number of district offices from 6 to 4 (I’m safe)
- Went back to a nutritionist (different one, where my insurance actually pays for it this time – I just pay co-pay) – it was an initial visit so we didn’t get into anything yet, I’ll see her on the 25th again to really dig in
- Learned Lucy has an incurable virus that is fatal (FIP) – BUT we are getting a second opinion – because I refuse to believe it’s final
What is FIP
Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a viral disease of cats caused by certain strains of a virus called the feline coronavirus. Most strains of feline coronavirus are avirulent, which means that they do not cause disease, and are referred to as feline enteric coronavirus.
Cats that have been initially exposed to the feline coronavirus usually show no obvious symptoms. Some cats may show mild upper respiratory symptoms such as sneezing, watery eyes, and nasal discharge. Other cats may experience a mild intestinal disease and show symptoms such as diarrhea. Only a small percentage of cats that are exposed to the feline coronavirus develop FIP-and this can occur weeks, months, or even years after initial exposure.
In cats that develop FIP, the symptoms can appear to be sudden since cats have an amazing ability to mask disease until they are in a crisis state. Once symptoms develop, often there is increasing severity over the course of several weeks, ending in death. Generally, these cats first develop nonspecific symptoms such as loss of appetite, weight loss, depression, rough hair coat, and fever.
There are two major forms of FIP, an effusive, or “wet” form, and a noneffusive, or “dry” form. Generally, cats will exhibit the signs of the noneffusive form FIP more slowly than the effusive form. Symptoms generally include chronic weight loss, depression, anemia, and a persistent fever that does not respond to antibiotic therapy.
The effusive form of FIP is characterized by an accumulation of fluid in the abdomen, or less commonly in the chest. Early in the disease, the cat may exhibit similar symptoms to the dry form, including weight loss, fever, loss of appetite, and lethargy. The wet form of the disease often progresses rapidly, and the cat may quickly appear pot-bellied due to fluid accumulation in the abdomen. When the fluid accumulation becomes excessive, it may become difficult for the cat to breathe normally.
FIP can be difficult to diagnose because each cat can display different symptoms that are similar to those of many other diseases. (courtesy: Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine).
Lucy’s diagnosis was wet or effusive FIP because her abdominal section was fluid-filled. However, there really hasn’t been any other symptoms. We decided to take her for a second opinion tomorrow night at our old vet’s office. We had to stop going to them because they become much too expensive, but now we need them again because they have an Internal Medicine Specialist on staff and our current vet doesn’t. Because of the increase in costs, we’ve decided to start a GoFundMe page to help us offset the costs. Thankfully, we have the Care Credit credit card to pay everything up front, but obviously that is even limited. So any little bit will help. Proceeds will go right to paying off those expenses as they come in. Right now we have incurred about $350 because of her ER visit on Saturday afternoon. There’s already a previous balance on there from Blizzard’s three visits when she was sick in September (initial vet visit, ER visit, and follow up), which accumulated to approximately $590. So things may become tough.
Thank you again! Chat soon.