What Is FIP?
FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) is a terrible disease that typically affects kittens and young adult cats. It has varied symptoms, is notoriously hard to diagnose, and strikes without warning. There is no vaccine and until a short time ago, there was no treatment. It was 100% fatal, but now there is hope: a new treatment with about an 85% cure rate for FIP was discovered by a veterinarian at UC Davis who has been researching the disease for 50 years.
Sadly, the treatment is not readily available and even when it can be obtained, it is very expensive. The treatment itself is very lengthy: 84 days of daily injections, then 84 days of observation and periodic lab tests.
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Since January 2021, FieldHaven has been guiding cat owners and caregivers to treatment options and providing emotional and logistical support. You can read some of our FIP Stars stories below.
With FIP Stars, our goal is to inform veterinarians and cat owners that there IS a cure for FIP. It is not easy and not every cat owner will be able to make the financial and emotional commitment to treat, but we want people to know there is a choice.
FieldHaven has staff and volunteers who are available to assist cat owners with knowledge and emotional support, as well as to help with advice on fundraising.
Meet FIP Stars
Meet our stars fighting FIP by clicking on any of the images below!