my sweetie Blackie, 2,5 years old, was diagnosed with FIP (Feline Infection Peritonitis) 3 weeks ago. FIP is an uncommon and, with the only accessible official - supportive - treatment (e.g. anti-inflammatory drugs), fatal immune response to infection with mutated feline enteric coronavirus in more than 95% of cases. It is estimated (number vary but it is the majority of cats) that about 60-80% of cats have been infected with coronavirus (a nonsymptomatic and benign virus). FIP develops only in about 1:5000 cases. Blackie was that unfortunate. However, I believe that she deserves second chance because there is a treatment that seems to work and heal (please continue reading).
Blackie has a mix of two types of FIP - effusive (wet) and non-effusive (dry). Because FIP can cause a very wide range of clinical signs her diagnosis was not easy. Before she was diagnosed with FIP her fur changed, she was lethargic and very tired (slept almost the whole day), her appetite decreased, she had developed jaundice and had constipation (which later turned into bloody diarrhea), her weight felt from 4 kg to 2,8 kg in about 2-3 weeks. Her last blood tests made right before setting the diagnosis were alarming.
After Blackie was diagnosed with FIP she was 5 days hospitalized at the vet where she was getting IV fluids and antibiotics. That, I believe, gave her power not to give up and fight for her life. When I brought her home I started with a new innovative antiviral medication which, based on a study and a clinical trial recently made, can possibly cure cats from FIP (success rate is about 80%). After commencement of the treatment Blackie became stabilized. However, fifth day her temperature had been dropping and she became apathetic. I though she was passing away. I had only one possibility to try - to raise the dosage and ... it worked!!! Since that day Blackie has been better, her appetite increased (she put on 0,3 kg in a week), she has been grooming again and has been more playful, jaundice is gone. She has been such a big warrior - FIP warrior! The treatment works!!! Blackie has finished her 2nd week of treatment yesterday (20th December 2019), but still she has 10 weeks to go.
Once clinical signs of FIP develop, they tend to get progressively worse over time, and in most cases (though not all) the time course for disease is rapid. Supportive treatment may help relieve some signs and improve quality of life temporarily but in most cases euthanasia is the most humane course of action to avoid suffering within no more than 6 months (usually in substantially shorter time).
This innovative antiviral medication is not available commercially. Due to Blackie having a mixture of the two types of FIP and probably also neurological issues (neuro is the worst form which requires the highest dosage of the medication) it unexpectably doubled the amount of medication normally needed which will cost me over $ 5 000 (the cheapest option) for a full, 12-week couse of the treatment. The dosage is calculated on the weight of the cat (so increase during the treatment) and the type of FIP. The dosage cannot be lowered during the treatment.
I have never asked for anything, neither I though I would be making a go fund me page, but this horrific disease leaves me no choice. The treatment (with regard to the increased dosage) has become quite expensive. Therefore, I humbly ask for help to afford the treatment costs so that Blackie has a chance to fight (and hopefully to defeat) FIP and to help to open the door for this medication to become officially approved treatment for other cats diagnosed with FIP.
Here you can learn about FIP and the medication: https://fiptreatment.com/?fbclid=IwAR3_UsNe1jLN5iM2zWJOZWRT-U1wR9VqibLZzuWD1lKAxkMBvNOGrzHibx0
Any little bit helps and it would be greatly appreciated. If this fund goes over what Blackie needs, I will donate it to other FIP Warriors members who are also looking for funding.
Blackie and me express our thanks from the bottom of our hearts to anyone who can donate or share this page.
Lots of love,
Blackie & Jana
the main campaign image is from the first day of treatment
2nd photo was taken before Blackie was hospitalized
3rd photo: at the vet (hospitalization)
4th photo: 2nd day of treatment
5th photo: 13th day of treatment
6th photo: 14th day of treatment
7th photo: 15th day of treatment