Actually if you do an abdominal tap of the fluid you can pretty much tell just 
by looking at it if it is FIP. It is a very distinct, stringy, yellow fluid. 
I'm not a vet, but the 1st time I saw it tapped off one of my cats I knew 
exactly what it was.
But that is usually in the abdomen, not the chest, which is where the fluid 
seems to be in Charles. Fluid in the chest could be a heart condition, but that 
is usually not accompanied by swollen lymph nodes.

Glad he is feeling a bit better & hope the x-rays or ultrasound tell you what 
is going on.


Don't Litter, Fix Your Critter!

 From: Lee Evans <>
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Sent: Monday, August 12, 2013 9:39 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Felvtalk Digest, Vol 25, Issue 6

There is really no definitive lab test for FIP and most cats can come up with a 
high titer for the corona virus without showing any symptoms while others have 
a lot titer and may actually have the mutated form of the virus. It's a very 
aggravating disease because it keeps playing hide and seek.

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