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Why does feline coronavirus cause feline infectious peritonitis?

The feline coronavirus may mutate as it begins to replicate inside your cat’s body, which could lead to a more dangerous strain of the virus that can cause a disease that is fatal for most cats. Although the exact cause of these mutations is unknown, age, stress, and a weakened immune system have all been suggested as potential causes (with younger cats being more susceptible to the FIP virus).

A mutation of this kind has the potential to transform the feline coronavirus into the feline infectious peritonitis virus, which spreads throughout the body by infecting blood cells rather than just the intestinal tract. At this point, the immune system ought to be able to step in and combat the infection; if not, the cat will get feline infectious peritonitis.

Therefore, it is not a guarantee that the cat will develop the FIP disease even if they contract the FIP virus. An effective immune system will be able to prevent the sickness from starting. Nevertheless, this implies that older and younger kittens with weakeneder immune systems have a lower chance of stopping the virus, which will lead to the onset of FIP. Despite this, the disease luckily remains quite rare in cats.

What is the feline coronavirus?

Cats are affected by the feline coronavirus, which is not transmissible to people. But it spreads easily from cat to cat and is typically carried by cat excrement. Because of this, it occurs more frequently in cats who live with other cats or are in close proximity to them and come into contact with their litter trays.

The good news is that feline coronavirus doesn’t usually cause your cat to appear sick, even though it is a highly contagious virus that almost all cats will encounter at some point in their lives. Since the infection usually only affects the digestive system, any symptoms that do appear are usually mild and only last a few days. You can observe your kitten experiencing diarrhea during this time.

Symptoms of ‘wet’ or effusive FIP

One of the most noticeable symptoms of this type of the illness is a swollen stomach because fluid accumulates in the abdomen. Breathing issues could potentially result from this occurring in the chest cavity. However, other illnesses can also result in this fluid accumulation, so it’s crucial to wait for your veterinarian to provide more definitive diagnostics before drawing any firm conclusions.


How long will a cat with FIP live?

This leads to either an effusive or a non-effusive clinical presentation, depending on the host’s immune response (9–11). Feline infectious peritonitis is considered an incurable disease with survival times varying from days to weeks for the effusive form, and weeks to months for the non-effusive form (2,12–14).

What does FIP belly feel like?

Symptoms of ‘wet’ or effusive FIP In this form of the disease fluid builds up in the abdomen making a swollen tummy one of the most obvious signs. This might also happen in the chest cavity causing breathing problems.

Is wet FIP contagious?

Feline Infectious Peritonitis is a very special reaction to infection with the feline enteric coronavirus. Whether a cat gets this devastating reaction to a normally harmless virus is more a function of the individual cat than about the virus. The virus is contagious but a cat cannot transmit FIP to another cat.

Can my indoor cat get FIP?

This is the vaccination your veterinarian is recommending for your cat. Since your pet lives exclusively indoors, it is probably not at great risk for contracting FIP, although only complete isolation will ensure that exposure does not occur.