Lynne, I know how sad and disheartened you are, but please be aware, as
Kelley says, that all FIP tests are not created equal.  Most of the
tests only show the *presence* of the coronavirus, which actually is
present in huge numbers of cats without ever turning into FIP.  It has
to mutate to become FIP and make them ill, and it usually only happens
in cats that are genetically predisposed for this mutation.  I'm not
saying that BooBoo doesn't have FIP, just that unless the specific test
Kelley mentions is performed, the diagnosis can be inaccurate.  The
general wisdom is that FIP can only really be accurately diagnosed by
That being said, I'm so sorry you're going through this.  Hugs to both
of you and BooBoo.  You're doing a great job.
Diane R.


[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Lynne
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 3:05 PM
Subject: Re: more bad news

I don't know Kelly.  He sent it off to a lab and specifically tested for
it along with culturing the fluid.  I have to assume if he tested
positive and all the symptoms he has are those of an infected animal
that he has it.  Don't I wish there could have been an error but I'm at
the point where I have to accept where this is going.  I just want to
keep him unstressed and comfortable.  Unless there is some miracle drug
that can repair all his blood vessels I'm screwed.

        ----- Original Message ----- 
        From: Kelley Saveika <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]>  
        Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 3:55 PM
        Subject: Re: more bad news

        Wait, wait.  What test did the vet use to test for FIP?  There
*is* an FIP test which is fairly accurate, but most vets don't even know
about it.  It is called Rivalta's test:
        This is a test with which few veterinarians are familiar but it
can be very helpful in the diagnosis of FIP.   A test tube is filled
with distilled water and one drop of 98% acetic acid is added. To this
mixture one drop of effusion is added. If the drop dissipates, the test
is negative. If the drop retains its shape, the test is positive.  A
negative Rivalta's test is 97% accurate in ruling out FIP. A positive
test is 86% accurate in ruling in FIP.


        If you are talking about a titer test - almost all cats will
test positive for coronavirus titers.  

        On 2/27/08, Lynne <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: 

                Well just when you think it can't get any worse it does.
BooBoo's cytology came back today and he has FIP as well as feline
leukemia.  There was no bacteria in it. There is nothing left for us to
do for him.  There was no bacteria in the culture, just protein and
fibres, because his blood vessels are leaky.  The vet says all we can do
is make him comfortable and at this point it is all about quality of
life.  He will continue to drain his lungs every week to 10 days and
keep him on this antibiotic until it is finished and only Lasix once a
day, which I guess does nothing for this lung fluid.  If he becomes
worse, ie he has to have the fluid drained more frequently then we will
have to do the obvious.  We will put on a good face for our dear boy and
do everything we can to keep him with us as long as we can but it isn't
looking too good at the moment.  The vet said they had another cat in
this week that tested positive for FIP but not leukemia.  He said BooBoo
has been hit with a double blow and unfortunately the end is near.  I
don't know if the Factor stuff will make it here before Boo dies but I'm
trying to be realistic here now and face the inevitable.  My husband and
I are horribly sad about this but I'm getting angry now at these
criminals who owned him and lied to me about his being healthy and
vaccinated.  We have several top notch lawyers in our practice who like
me a lot and would do me a favor if I asked.  I'm seriously considering
consulting with one of them when this tragedy is over.

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