Hi there, I'm going to share some FIP Awareness Fridays posts ... The kitty is called Prof Wills and he is the spokesperson for The EndFIP®...
Professor Wills’ Summer Course
EndFIP® has a vision: every cat a healthy cat and our ultimate goal is that one day, no one will have to go through the pain of losing their beloved cat to a disease that has claimed so many for so long.
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.
Before I re-start my “FIP Awareness Fridays” educational series on the Luca Fund for FIP Research page:
https://www.facebook.com/LucaFund/ , I was asked by my bosses at EndFIP® to release some purrrty tables showing the different protocols to implement to keep kittens safe, not just from FCoV, but also from
other infectious diseases, while in your care. I assumed that you consider me to be a charming Purrrfessor but like any other cat, I am also quite the germaphobe. We all like clean, nice-smelling litter boxes. These tables will help you keep litter boxes up to our standards.
Let’s not furget FIP is an unusual consequence – aberrant immune response – to infection with Feline
Coronavirus (FCoV). Feline coronavirus (FCoV) is shed in the feces. FCoV infection occurs when cats ingest (or inhale) the virus. FCoV is a very contagious virus and it only takes a tiny speck of cat litter dust from a litter tray, previously used by an infected cat, for the virus to spread. Therefore, exposure to feces in litter boxes is the most common mode of infection.
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.
All of us at EndFIP® realized that every breeding cattery, rescue shelter or private home have its own set of challenges, logistics and resources. With that in mind, please use these protocol(s) as a guideline and adapt it to better fit your specific situation. In some instances, due to financial constraints, very few of the
recommended strategies can be feasibly implemented but, at a minimum detailed hygiene practices must be followed.
As always, if you have a specific question or would like me to tackle a particular FCoV/FIP related matter, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and don’t furget to write on the subject line “Attn: Professor Wills” so your email gets routed to the proper meowmber of our pawsome team.
Paws down… NO FCoV = NO FIP!