A vet can usually tell if fluid in the stomach "feels like" the type of
accumulation you find with FIP or not, if there is fluid, they will draw it
to see if characterisitic of FIP (straw colored) but the fluid should still
be tested.

FIP is frequently misdiagnosed.   And yes, many cats carry corona virus
their whole lives without ever developing FIP which is caused by a mutation
in the virus.

Wet fip (where you have a fluid effusion in the belly or chest cavity)
usually results in a very sick cat pretty quickly, so it's good if she's
eating, feels well, energetic, etc.

Would be good to have a vet check her belly to see what they think may be
going on in case it's something else, too, of course.

On Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 8:29 AM, MaryChristine <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>wrote:

> gloria, i'd love to see the link between ANTIBIOTICS, herpes and
> lysine/arginine--since it's the latter the keeps the herpes from
> replicating. there was just some research about using lysine in shelter
> cats; it's on the winn feline foundation blog--if read incorrectly, makes
> it
> sound as if lysine doesn't do anything, but the study wasn't designed to
> test what lysine can do, but something it's never claimed to! in the last
> three months, maybe even two---www.winnfelinehealth.org.
> zithromax is a wonder drug. in persians who come into rescue with symptoms
> of uri, we don't even try other antibiotics, we head right for the
> zithro.......
> and kelley, i thought that cats process FeCoV out of their systems in most
> cases after a few months if everyone in the house isn't just passing it
> back
> in forth, or if new kitties aren't coming in--which is why cats in smaller
> households are less likely to show high titres? my understanding--could be
> wrong--is that the high percentage of cats (and humans) who test positive
> on
> CoV titres is at "any one time"--so the same sample won't necessarily do so
> the next time. grade-school teachers, for example, are going to be much
> more
> likely to have higher titres more of the year than say, oh, 57-year-olds,
> who stay home with their cats 6 days out of 7......
> as for the age thing with FIP, the one thing i know for sure is that there
> is mounting evidence (i'm not sure if they're declared it conclusive yet),
> of a genetic predisposition for common strains of FeCoV to mutate into FIP,
> so a predisposed cat whose immune system was able to prevent that earlier
> might not be so able as its immune system failed with age. i just question
> how many cases of unknown illnesses now diagnosed as FIP actually are.
> seems
> it's the answer of choice when vets don't know what's going on, or don't
> want to be bothered finding out, so somewhat more difficult to find
> patterns.
> MC
> On Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 7:35 AM, Gloria Lane <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > Hey Tonya, I might try some Azithromycin.  It's become my latest
> > discovery to try for the unknown. I've used it mostly in cats/kittens
> > with problem eyes.  I've read that some abx are said to affect Herpes,
> > because of the relationship between the two amino acids lysine and
> > arginine.  The zithro is more expensive, so that might be a
> > deterrent.  IT's liquid, as are amoxi and clinidamycin, so you have to
> > be able to squirt it in the mouth.
> >
> > Good luck,
> >
> > Gloria
> >
> >
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