By Rocio

We have been caretakers of this particular cat colony for around five years. Over the years, we have TNRed over 20 cats from this area. In the past several years, we have not seen many kittens. This summer, we found a litter. They were tiny. We knew the best chance for their survival would be to trap their momma so she could continue to nurse them. Using them as bait, we were lucky enough to get their momma. Once weaned, we spayed and released her. The four kittens all grew up; three of the four were adopted. Mickey was the fourth. He would get URIs, get well, and then have a relapse. We were worried about him; he was the most friendly and playful of the litter. I knew something was seriously wrong with him when he got lethargic and his belly started to swell. After a vet visit and the news that he had FIP, my husband and I talked about our options. Treatment would be very expensive, but looking into Mickey’s eyes, I saw the playful kitten he had been and could still be. We decided to begin the treatment. Mickey is our foster and I hope one day he will find a forever home where he can get all the love and attention he deserves.

Update – 12/2/2021: Mickey is doing great so far. He is slowly gaining weight and is on day 41 of his shots.

Update from Rocio – 12/4/2021:Mickey just got to the halfway mark on his treatment. Last night was injection #42. We are so grateful for the support of those of you who donated through GoFundMe and Venmo. I just ordered more of his medication. He is doing great and acting like a kitten again. Dr. Collins at Davies Animal Medical Hospital has been very supportive and prescribed a sedative which has made giving the injections so much easier.

Star Stats

Diagnosis Date: October 23, 2022
FIP Type: Wet
Treatment Completion Date: February 14, 2022
Cure Date: May 18, 2022
Source: Yuba City
Caregiver(s): Rocio Betalan
Veterinarian(s): Dr. Collins & Dr. Columbo
Status: Cured


“Mickey is actually not a FieldHHaven cat. When he was diagnosed, I reached out to Joy and she put me in touch with FIP Warriors. I volunteer for a rescue group in Yuba City called Resqpaws. They pull all their cats and dogs from the Sutter County Shelter. This kitten was born from a feral mom. We rescued all her kittens and then TNR’ed her and adopted out her kittens. Mickey was the only one that ended up being sick; they rest got adopted out.”