Is FIP and FIV the same?
Feline Viral Diseases: FIP, FeLV, and FIV The three major feline viral diseases are feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), feline leukemia virus (FeLV), and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). These viruses are specific to cats and cannot be transmitted to humans or other animals.
Can FIV be misdiagnosed?
False positive results may occur if a cat has been vaccinated against FIV, since the antibody test does not differentiate between antibodies produced by the disease and vaccine-induced antibodies.
Can FIP spread between cats?
FIP is a special reaction to infection with the feline enteric coronavirus. Whether a cat gets this devastating reaction to a normally harmless virus is more a function of the individual cat than about the virus. The virus is contagious but a cat cannot transmit FIP to another cat.
What’s the difference between FeLV, FIV and FIP?
Ok, FeLV and FIV share an affinity for attacking the immune system, whilst FIP causes leaky blood vessels. So what does this mean in terms of symptoms?
Can a positive titer for FIP be conclusive?
What is sometimes referred to (incorrectly) as an “FIP test” measures the cat’s exposure to FCoV. Ninety five percent of cats in the world have been exposed to FCoV. These titer tests are NOT conclusive. A positive titer for FCoV is NOT an indicator that the cat has FIP.
Can a FIP test be used to diagnose FCoV?
What is sometimes referred to (incorrectly) as an “FIP test” measures the cat’s exposure to FCoV. Ninety five percent of cats in the world have been exposed to FCoV. These titer tests are NOT conclusive. A positive titer for FCoV does NOT indicate that the cat has FIP.
Are there any definitive tests for FIP in 2019?
In 2019, there are conclusive, definitive tests for FIP, though not all vets are aware of the advancements in diagnostics just yet. It is imperative that you arm yourself with as much information as possible, so you can best advocate for your cat and get a correct diagnosis.