Feline Infectious Peritonitis and Coronavirus: Everything a cat lover needs to know

Feline Infectious Peritonitis and Coronavirus: Everything a cat lover needs to know

by Diane D. Addie PhD


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Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a major killer of pedigree/purebred kittens and cats from rescue shelters in the 21st century.

FIP is one of the most enigmatic, and difficult to diagnose, feline diseases. FIP is caused by feline coronavirus (FCoV), but most cats infected with FCoV do not develop FIP.

The key messages of this book are:

1. The most important way to prevent FIP is by preventing infection with feline coronavirus.

2. Have any new kitten or cat tested for FCoV antibodies before bringing him or her into your home, if you already have cats.

3. Most cats infected with FCoV eliminate the virus after a few months, and remain perfectly healthy.

4. Cats become infected with FCoV by contact with cat litter (or cat litter dust particles) contaminated with virus laden faeces from an infected cat.

5. Most cats suspected of having FIP actually have some other, often treatable, condition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781480208971
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/19/2013
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Dr Diane D Addie is a veterinary surgeon and virologist who, after 8 years in small animal practice, returned to the University of Glasgow, Scotland, to research into feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) and feline coronavirus (FCoV). Her PhD thesis was entitled "Studies on the humoral immune response to feline coronavirus." The consequence of refusing to experiment on laboratory cats was that her studies were on animals who had become infected with FCoV, or sick with FIP, in the natural course of their lives. She is immensely grateful to all those cats and to their veterinarians and guardians who contributed samples from them, which made her research possible.

Dr Addie has published over 50 refereed veterinary and scientific papers and has contributed chapters to many veterinary textbooks. She has spoken at international veterinary and scientific conferences. In 2003 she received the Amoroso award for outstanding contributions to small animal studies by a non-clinical member of university staff. She served on the council of Cats Protection for 20 years and is currently a patron of the Celia Hammond Animal Trust. She is author of a YouTube channel and the catvirus.com website. Her dream is to eradicate FIP. By becoming informed and spreading reliable knowledge you can help her to fight FIP and to save cats' lives.

All of the essential information contained in the book Feline Infectious Peritonitis and Coronavirus can be found, for free, on the catvirus website.

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LB7MB More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! Extremely informative and easy to read. Wish I had it when my cat got sick. On October 2013 my 14 month old Russian Blue Luca lost his battle to FIP and I joined the ranks of cat owners who feel utterly lost and frustrated by the lack of knowledge and resources to combat this dreadful disease. Unfortunately there is no cure for FIP but there are several strategies which can be implemented to avoid the kittens to become infected with feline coronavirus – the underlying cause of FIP. This book is a MUST READ for everyone who has cats and/or work taking care of them. Also - It should be consider mandatory reading for everyone in the Veterinary field thus allowing Vets to be better prepared to diagnose these type of cases and be able to guide the pet owners in making timely and informed decisions. Please consider given copies of this book to your Veterinarian, the breeder or rescue shelter you got your cat from, your family, your friends, wherever – the more people who know the true facts about FIP, the greater our chances to eradicating it. Dr. Addie possess a tremendous amount of information on this subject and is able to share her vast knowledge in a very caring and compassionate manner. THANK YOU Dr. Addie for your dedication to the cause of eradicating feline coronavirus and for writing such an amazing book. Highly recommended!