I have had two FIP cats--both of which had the "wet" version where the abdomen 
becomes extremely distended.  I believe it is more common than the "dry" 
version.  They lived about 6 months after diagnosis but I did eventually have 
to have them put down.

Re food--I believe Pet Guard (available around here at least at Whole Foods 
stores) would be right as high a nutritional wet food as is available.  It is 
what I am feeding my leukemia-positive kitty--and she is thriving.

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  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
  Sent: Friday, October 12, 2007 1:47 PM

  Ok, guys. I just got off the phone with Whitey's vet.  Good news and what 
could potentially be really bad news.   Good news first.

  First of all, his Thyroid is normal, which Dr. Dolen says defies logic.  He 
wants to retest in a few weeks.   All his other major organ functions were 
normal...kidneys, liver, thyroid, everything was good.

  His WBC were elevated (of course, due probably to the severe ear infection).  
He is chronically anemic (RBC was 25ish).

  The thing that concerned Dr. Dolen the most was his elevated Globulin and 
Albumin levels.  His globulin was 8.4, when he says 3ish is the "normal" range, 
so he said that indicated a chronic severe infection.  He's getting the lab to 
run an  FIP titer on the blood sample they have from the other tests, so we'll 
know something about that in about a week.  He says either the ear infection 
was so horribly bad that its a miracle he's still alive (to have caused such an 
elevated globulin level) or he has FIP.  I'm certainly hoping its the ear 
infection, something we can work with.  Any of you guys have experience with 
FIP?  I understand its deadly, usually within weeks of symptoms, but I was 
wondering about the "human" aspect of it..what have YOU guys  experienced with 

  He recommended high protein kitten food for him right now.  He said the more 
protein the better...canned tuna, chicken, whatever has the most protein.  I'm 
going to go by a local natural pet food store on my way home from work that 
carries premium kitten foods.  Also interested if any of you know what the 
absolute highest nutritional content wet food would be?  I'm thinking Innova 
kitten food in a can, maybe wellness kitten food?  Anyway, more updates when I 
get them.


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