awwwww, sounds like you're exactly what this little one needed to help bring him around!
to answer your question about how/why a conventional vet could even consider FIP in a cat who doesn't have a positive FeCoV titre, two options: 1) the titre is useless, as has been mentioned before, as it reflects EXPOSURE to the virus--numbers vary on how long it takes the "average" cat to process the virus out and stop shedding, so a cat who has mutated the virus into FIP after a stressor may have exposed quite awhile before and thus be negative. while i cat with a very high titres, and no other indicators, may just have been hanging out with a lot of kitties who are shedding the virus. so if all the other symptoms of FIP are there, a titre just doesn't matter.... 2) the titre is useless, but too many vets just don't get that yet. and antech labs, who SWEAR that their test can differentiate between the strains of FeCoV and therefore it DOES test for FIP rather than the virus push that VERY HARD. they do not mention that no outside researchers have been able to replicate their results, and no one actually working in FIP believes there is, yet, a way to predict which strain will mutate. there is a really simple test -- and cheap -- that any vet can do in their office, with grocery-store ingredients. right now i can't remember (anything) the name of the test, which i'd never heard of before; also, the IFA, so well-known to us from dealing with FeLV, is now being used to help diagnose FIP. again, i don't remember the details--but they are in the petsmart charities program on FIP that i've mentioned before. (i'm in the middle of some major legal stuff of my own right now, and as my friends on the list know, i'm barely answering mail)--so i can't go digging for the link right now. (instead, i'm digging through 5 hard drives for old emails, IMs and chat logs from 2000 on!) MC -- Spay & Neuter Your Neighbors! Maybe That'll Make The Difference.... MaryChristine AIM / YAHOO: TenHouseCats MSN: [EMAIL PROTECTED] ICQ: 289856892