Monday, February 05, 2007


Even though not many people read this blog, it's rude of me to not update on the last note.

I got a call at work the day after we dropped the four cats to be euthanized.
The woman works with the Knoxville Feral Rescue group and has also worked with several vet hospitals over the years.
She proceeds to tell me that there's a conflicting perspective about FIP, in which it's not all that contagious, but rather more genetically transferred.
She says most cats who die of FIP are a year or younger in age.
She says I don't have to kill all the cats.
So I tell my husband and now we're stuck.

We're mourning for Doppelganger who might not have had to have been killed.
And now we're torn on what to do with the remaining cats.

Granted, the woman who called me is biased. She told me herself that she's about to spend $1300.00 on medical treatments for a stray that she hopesto find a home for when he's healed. That's extreme. Obviously she's all about saving lives at any cost.

So I need a third or fourth opinion at this point.

We're still feeding the five remaining cats. I still miss Doppelganger. No one else is presenting symptoms.
It's winter, so there's only a slim chance of indoor/outdoor contact. We have time to figure this out.

1 comment:

Louise said...

FIP is a strange disease....and there is really no "accurate" test for it. while the cat is alive.....unless the cat has the signs of FIP...dry or wet FIP, bloated belly, etc.
Many cats who have been exposed to FIP will show high titers on the test, but it just means they have been exposed, not that they actually have it. At Alley Cat Rescue we have seen the disease now and then, and we do NOT euthanize all the cats, as most will fight off the initial exposure.There is lots of good info on FIP on the web, especially from rescue groups, most of whom see it at times in all the rescue work we do and with the variety of cats who come our way.