my cat has a diagnosis of FIP yet test is not yet back He is still eating, drinking, doing his business, and is alert. he is on a drip in the vets on furosomide and his abdomen has reduced its fluid. he has been eating cat litter in the past few weeks could this be the cause I am desperate as i had to take him 17 miles for the weekend to be cared for by the joint practice as there were no vets available in my practice he spoke to me all the way - not crying - I know his language could this be anything other than fip as he does not seem to be displaying most of the symptoms? Thank You Andrea
his temperature on Friday when i last saw him was 60 is that normal?
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.
Are you sure that was his temperature (as that is not a number we'd see in either fahrenheit or celsius)?
Has any of his test results come back?
Did his vet tap his abdomen to see what the fluid looked like?
Can you tell me what it looked like?
Just to confirm, Wilbur's current signs are eating cat litter and a distended belly with fluid?
milky fluid on test which was sent away
i just saw 60 on the temperature chart
he is very dehydrated
sorry i sound so confused i am desperate
Thank you Andrea,No worries on sounding confused, I know this will be very stressful for you and I do thank you for that additional information. I will now reply to this information you have given, but if you have any more questions, just click reply and we can keep discussing this.Now I think that was a misreading on your part, as 60 is not a temperature that is consistent with cat life. For Fahrenheit, the normal temperature is 100.5-102.5 and for Celsius its 37.8 to 39 degrees. So, as you can see, this just doesn't fit. It is also too low for a heart rate. And while it is twice the normal respiratory rate for cats, I would expect him to be in respiratory distress, panting, and potentially on oxygen if that was his breathing rate. So, it is hard to decipher what that 60 was referencing.Otherwise, we can consider that fluid that was tapped. FIP is just one differential if you have abdominal fluid. That said, if the fluid was milky, I wouldn't have FIP on the top of my list here (especially as it tends to cause a yellow, sticky, clear fluid when it arises). Instead, milky fluid would raise concerns of lymphatic disease (if a lymphatic duct has ruptured), bacterial infection (since infection will often cause an opaque white/yellow fluid), some tumors (ie lymphoma, caricnomas, etc), and heart disease (where late stage heart disease can cause a change from the usual clear fluid to a milky one). As well, if the fluid is in the chest as well, we can see this with lung tumors.Now if they have sent samples away for analysis, hopefully the fluid is going to be examined as well as any bloods (they usually do). The reason this is important is because even if the sample is not suggestive of FIP, it will be analyzed to give you an idea of what is present. This means they will be able to rule out if it is bacterial or cancer induced fluid (based on the cells in the fluid that are seen). Furthermore, as they compare the blood and fluid fat levels (triglycerides, cholesterol), they will be able to confirm if this is a lymphatic based issue. Further to all of this, you may want to speak to the vets about possibly ultrasounding Wilbur. They can scan his chest to rule out late stage heart disease and potentially check for tumors lurking there. As well, they can also scan his abdomen to check for any tumors there (and this would be a better option then xray if we have fluid in the belly, as this will obstruct the xray from seeing the organs). Of course, which to do would be based on what other findings they may have found when examining him (ie heart murmur, mass, enlarged organs, etc).Overall, based on his age and your history alone, FIP doesn't quite fit with what Wilbur is suffering with. So, while the test is pending, we do want to make sure that the fluid is analyzed to identify what type it is and whether there are any tell tale cells. Furthermore, it would be worth discussing a heart or abdominal scan to help pinpoint which of these other causes are potentially causing these signs.
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I have had a horrible day I went to fetch Wilbur from where he was in a vets 17 miles away
he has suddenly become very flat and stopped eating.
on the way home i had an accident in the car cos i thought he had stopped breathing and hit a kerb, into a bush and shattered tyre which meant he was off his drip for well over an hour
still no news on the test and i want to bring him home until there is as they dont seem to be able to do much for him at the vets any more than i can
If he comes off the drip will he become ill quicker or can i feed him water with a syringe just so he can come home to familiar surroundings as he did respond to me on the way home
i am devastatedmy poor beautiul golden ginger boy Wilbur died in the early hours of yesterday morning possibly just a half hour before the vets arrived for the day - he was still warm.
He was on a drip of vit b, glucose, steroids and two other things i forget and i was told i could not manage it at home.
he was crying/moaning for the two hours that i spent with him on monday evening and i will never forgive myself for leaving him
i am so upset in addition that the test came through today as negative - but was told it could be a false negative and they were treating him for any other possibilities.
What does false negative mean and if i had taken him in two days earlier and had the test sooner what could they have treated him for otherwise
the fluid was not milky as i said earlier but thick and yellow.
Thank you so much for the time you spent advising me
I do appreciate it.
We buried Wilbur today and my heart feels empty - but I must think of all of those lovely memories and not let this evil disease block them out