We were, unfortunately, out of options now; we can only humbly ask for your support as our beloved cats Jaehyun and Toffee are in desperate need of your help for their medications against FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonisis), a fatal viral infection that has a 100% mortality rate.
We recently discovered Mutian— an acclaimed miracle drug for this disease. However, it was far too expensive; we weren’t financially privileged enough to afford all of these for our two cats. We were yet both students, studying in the middle of this pandemic crisis.
In addition, Jaehyun and Toffee were suffering other ailments. Jaehyun, with his yet an unidentified type of infection, and Toffee, with his liver and gallbladder issues that could possibly be needing surgery.
We had done everything we could for them, but it’s still not enough. So now we can only turn to you. We desperately seek for your help; please give our cats a fighting chance. Just by sharing, or donating any amount. My cats and I would greatly appreciate it. Their existence means a lot to us, and we can only immensely hope to live with them for a lot of years to come.
It was last year when all three cats— Jaehyun, Toffee, Desian— entered our lives. Jaehyun might have had fungal infection when we first got him, but we diligently did all his prescribed treatment. He was slowly healing, so it was okay. Everything seemed okay with all of them.
The only issue was that they’re not vaccinated. We were planning to. In fact, every week, we were at the clinic; but all our three cats were always not deemed by the veterinarian to be healthy enough. And so, we could only retreat and wait for his sign of approval. It was quite unfortunate that just when we were a week before the scheduled date of vaccination, that was when everything went south for us.
The youngest cat, Desian, was suddenly acting strange. He was the most active, yet one day he just became the most lethargic. He wasn’t eating; he wasn’t drinking. He was always hiding from us. We thought that he must be ill, so we brought him to the clinic— alongside Toffee and Jaehyun— as Toffee that day also puked out worms despite being diagnosed worm-free a week before.
And, that was when we discovered Desian had Feline Panleukopenia. Jaehyun and Toffee were fortunately negative, but all three of them had feline coronavirus. We didn’t focus on the “coronavirus” issue as we were all troubled about the FPV.
We immediately sent Desian to confinement— hoping that he could still be treated. On the other hand, for Toffee and Jaehyun, the animal hospital advised us to take them back home with a couple of medicines prescribed for their diagnosed worm issues and bacterial issues and, in addition, for strengthening their immune system.
Unfortunately, despite the support treatment provided for Desian, it wasn’t enough. It didn’t even take two days. Just as we were planning to visit Desian that morning, it was around earlier— 3 a.m— the hospital called us, saying he passed away. We just sat there on our beds, silently, shocked. We know FPV was incurable, but it was just too fast.
His death had a huge impact on us. We were traumatized. Right after that incident, almost daily, we kept bringing Jaehyun and Toffee to the vet, making certain that they didn’t get infected with FPV as they were having diarrhea. We were not satisfied with one opinion; thus, we refer to about two more. They tested negative everytime. We tested the other viruses too, except FiP because the veterinarian did mention feline coronavirus and fip is just the same, and we only got them checked for coronavirus a few days ago; and again, they were all negative.But all
From the fecalysis, however, the doctors diagnosed that they were having some bacterial infection. We observed Jaehyun panting too, and the doctor noted he got some water in his lungs, but it’s not really something serious. Toffee was all good, on the other hand.
Despite intaking a couple of medicines every single day, there were no signs of diarrhea being relieved from both of our cats. After a week, we went back to the vet; and we were told to make them drink the probiotic and anti-bacterial for another seven days. Just two to three days in that week, Toffee suddenly vomited. We panicked, bringing him to our local vet. We them finally tested for FIP, and they were all positive.
We were hopeless— scared. But we did our research, and we know that there haven't really been an accurate test that can distinguish FIP and coronavirus; though he kept insisting that this is 100% accurate. The doctor told us to get them confined immediately.
Now, Jaehyun and Toffee were just showing signs of diarrhea and no lethargy; so we weren’t really certain if we should agree. If they ever don’t have FIP, then the stress from confinement might just worsen their state. We were hesitant; but the local doctor kept guilt-tripping us, telling us it was our very fault that Desian died and we didn’t trust their medications— which weren’t really the case, we only confined Desian in a hospital that has more updated and available equipment. To his words, we were forced to comply and leave Jaehyun and Toffee in their care.
The doctor immediately stopped all the medications given by the other vet. Jaehyun stayed for four days while Toffee lasted for about ten days. We got their organs checked and all were good. Jaehyun somehow didn’t have water in her lungs anymore. They returned home, and nothing unfortunately changed with their cases of diarrhea. Toffee stopped vomiting though. So far, they were both still eating.
Doing our research, we discovered Mutian. We decided to join FIP groups in facebook to direct our concerns and at least find anyone who can provide the supply to us. We met one admin and consulted with her. With Toffee’s and Jaehyun’s symptoms, it wasn’t certain if it’s really FIP or just merely coronavirus. She didn’t trust the FIP antigen test too because she was sure that there were no tests that can 100% detect the FIP virus yet; it would have been a breakthrough if that’s true.
She eventually advised us not to confine them anymore to not risk our cat’s health and, for the cats’ diarrhea, to instead of providing probiotics everyday, do it at least once in a couple of days.
We followed her advice and it greatly helped with diarrhea. Unfortunately, that didn’t last long; and their solid poop reverted back to being wet. We got scared; and at that point we were still troubled about the FIP antigen test— if that was really a hoax, so we called other hospitals to check if that was really true. And they mentioned that they also use that test to detect if there really FIP.
We were conflicted from the situation— even more when Jaehyun started panting again for no reason. And just one day, both two cats became lethargic and had no appetite to eat and drink. They could only be hand-fed or, sometimes, the food was forced on them. But that was only for a day or two, but we can’t really be guaranteed of their health. Jaehyun even developed the swellings around her eyelid; and to relieve it, we got it warm compressed every time, which, thank goodness, worked.
Bringing them to the hospital, the doctors diagnosed them as FIP-positive. Still, we weren’t certain which type. Based on Jaehyun’s blood test results too, the doctor interpreted that there could be infection occurring— yet it was unknown to where. We got them ultrasound too, and the doctor noted serious problems in Toffee’s liver and gallbladder, which two weeks ago were fine when examined in the local veterinarian clinic.
Right now, we were just giving them their medicines for their immune system, antibiotics, and liver supplements. Our pockets were far too exhausted. Euthanasia might be the only choice if we couldn’t give them Mutian or can no longer provide them medications for their other issues, and we don’t want that. We have come so far just to support them— we don’t want all our efforts to end up in vain. We don’t want them to end up like Desian, please...
Please, we beg of you, our sweet babies desperately need your help. Any support would be fine; it would really greatly be appreciated.