Is the FIP infection rate high? Which cats are susceptible to infection?

As we mentioned above, the prevalence of enteric coronavirus infection in cats is generally high and is widespread throughout the world. May exceed 90% in a multi-cat environment. But don’t be afraid, the incidence of FIP is very low. Among cats infected with feline enteric coronavirus, no more than 1% of cats will eventually mutate into FIP.

Seeing this, many people will be curious, so which infected cats are likely to mutate into feline abdominal virus? Cats with the following characteristics are more likely to be infected with Feline Abdominal Transmission Virus.

Impaired immune system, cats with low immune function, such as malnourished, premature weaning, cats under 1 year old.
Cats in multi-cat households, that is, many cats gather together, then this gathering will greatly increase the risk of feline diarrhoea.
Cats who have been infected with coronavirus many times, as the saying goes, repeat again and again. If you have been infected with coronavirus many times, you can’t guarantee the second time. When you are infected for the third time, it will mutate into feline diarrhoea.
There is also the so-called stress, so cats that are prone to stress are more likely to get sick.

Households with multiple cats have a much greater risk of contracting FIP


Is FIP contagious? Is it contagious?

Feline enteric coronavirus is contagious, but after mutating into feline abdominal virus, this feline abdominal virus is not contagious and will not be transmitted to cats.

As for why feline abdominal virus is not contagious, one view is that the replication of feline abdominal virus is in macrophages, and it will not be excreted through excrement (such as feces, saliva), so it will not be contagious to other cats.

What are the characteristics of CIP? What are the signs and symptoms of cats?

The clinical symptoms of FIP vary with organ involvement. Many organs, including the liver, kidneys, pancreas, central nervous system, and eyes, may be affected.

The length of time between infection with FIP and the onset of clinical symptoms is unknown and depends on the individual cat’s immune response, ranging from a few weeks to as long as 2 years. Cats are at greatest risk of developing FIP during the first 6-18 months after infection with FCoV; by 36 months after infection, the risk decreases to approximately 4%.

Feline diarrhoea is divided into three types: dry, wet, and mixed dry and wet, with different characteristics and manifestations

Many cat lovers may know that FIP ​​is divided into dry and wet FIP, and they don’t know anything about the others.

As we mentioned above, autopsies of cats with FIP usually reveal multiorgan pyomatous lesions or fluid collections. Indeed, fibrinous and granulomatous serositis, protein-rich serous fluid, or pyogranulomatous lesions of multiple organs are typical features of FIP.

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