My Cat May Have FIP – Please Help!
They say my cat could have FIP. She is one year old and only 5 pounds and isn’t gaining any weight either. She started off sneezing constantly and having really cloudy eyes and now she is having a tough time walking and her back end seems to be falling over constantly.
Also, she is constantly peeing but mainly in her sleep. They say it may be fatal and have done a numerous amount of test on her but aren’t seeming to get anywhere. If anyone knows anything then please help because the last thing I’d want is for this good cat to suffer. Thanks.
Hi.. thanks for visiting. I am very sorry to hear of your cat’s illness.
The symptoms that you describe are:
-Peeing while sleeping
In my view, the way to diagnose this is to see where these symptoms intersect. In other words where all four are in place. Sneezing is a very general symptom indicating an upper respiratory infection but when combined with “having a tough time walking and her back end seems to be falling over constantly” and the other symptoms that must give us a good clue.
Before I go on, only you in consultation with your vet can decide the best course of action. This is written with the intention of providing information only.
It seems possible that in this case that Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is present because it is a disease that results in a combination of symptoms as described.
FIP is caused by a member of the Coronavirus group (Feline Viruses). Cats initially show signs of a mild respiratory disease – runny nose or eye discharge. The secondary infection is FIP.
FIP commonly affects cats of 6 months to 5 years of age and elderly cats (11+). This matches the age of your cat.
There are two forms: wet and dry. The dry form affects “a variety of organs including the eyes, brain, kidney and pancreas”.
Kidney failure can be caused by FIP. One of the first signs of kidney failure is an increase in voiding (“constantly peeing”). The kidneys can’t conserve water.
FIP can produce a brain infection (Encephalitis). This results in an inflammation of the brain. The symptoms include: fever, behavioral changes, personality changes and loss of coordination including an unstable gait (“a tough time walking”).
This combination of signs does seem to indicate FIP.
I wish you and your cat the very best of luck.