Feline Infectious Peritonitis

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    Feline Infectious Peritonitis

    About two and a half years ago we decided to adopt two cats. Because of our past experience with a single cat who was both upset at being left alone, but unfriendly with other cats, we wanted two cats this time, preferably ones who knew and were friendly with each other already. When we discovered two eight-month-old sisters sharing a cage at the shelter, we hit the jackpot. As we hoped, they loved each other, were constant companions to each other and were a perfect fit in our household.
     
    Then, three months ago, one cat became ill with what turned out to be feline infectious peritonitis. Since she and her sister are indoor cats, and have always shared the same environment, we now face a problem. My understanding is that it's highly unlikely that our surviving cat hasn't been exposed to the virus, though there's a decent chance that she is just a carrier of the disease and may live a long life. She seems as healthy as ever at this point, thankfully. At the same time, she is quite lonely and misses her sister.
     
    If our other cat had died from cancer, we would have adopted another cat so we would again have two. But given the history here, what's the prudent thing to do? We're obviously hoping our remaining cat lives a long and healthy life, and we wouldn't want to bring another cat into the house who could then contract FIP. So at this point it seems a second cat is just not in the cards. But if there are other avenues to pursue, I'd be glad to hear of them. Perhaps something we haven't thought of?
     
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    Re: Feline Infectious Peritonitis

    Crap!  This is hard.
    What about adopting a cat with FIP already?  That way the new cat could live in a household with another cat, as could your current kitty.  There are plenty of cats with illnesses at animal shelters - call the Methuen ASPCA and see if they have any. 
     
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    Re: Feline Infectious Peritonitis

    Wow, I'm so sorry for your loss. There's nothing worse than FIP, including the uncertainty of the health of any surviving cats in the house. I hope your cat lives many healthy, happy years.

    I doubt you'd want to risk the chance of THREE potential FIP deaths; one was bad enough. So it wouldn't make sense to try to locate and adopt another FIP cat, even if you could. I don't think there are tests to detect FIP definitively in healthy-seeming cats. In fact, it's often tough to diagnose — period — as far as I've read. And you wouldn't want a new FIP cat to potentially infect the current cat; there's really no way to tell if your current cat already has it or has fought off the infection.

    You should talk to a few cat-specialist vets to find out what the chances are of your remaining cat being a carrier or being likely to contract full-blown FIP. It might be enlightening. They may have recommendations.

    Would you consider getting a small dog for your household? They can be great companions for cats if you choose carefully. And always do whatever you can to keep the stress level of your surviving cat low while she's grieving  — lots of attention and playtime, plus classical music and whatever comforts her when you need to leave her alone.

    Good luck. I hope there's a happy ending to this sad story.
     
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