Feline coronavirus (FCoV) does not cross the placenta to the unborn kitten. Kittens are born FCoV free and are protected from FCoV infection by antibodies they receive in their mother’s milk, when these maternally derived antibody wanes at between 5 and 7 weeks of age, the kittens become susceptible to FCoV infection and the consequent risk of FIP.
All of us at EndFIP® truly believes: prevention is better than cure and we know education and awareness are the best weapons we have in the battle against Feline Infectious Peritonitis. FCoV is a relatively uncommon virus in pet cats allowed access to the outdoors and kept in households of
one or two cats, but in situations where there are a lot of cats (i.e. breeding catteries, rescue shelters, hoarding
situations, etc.) FCoV is endemic, infecting almost all of the corresponding cat population. Professor Wills’ FIP Awareness Fridays programs.
There is a lot of reading material available but at the end of the day nothing means so much as the human touch. That is what has helped. What has really hit home is that FIP somehow affects the most special cats; those with that special quality. became my FIP family