[EDIT: Gretel has passed on in the evening of 30 Mar.]
Just got this in the mail:
Do you know that FIP can actually affect older cats? I didn’t know it until now. According to the vet, FIP can stay dormant in a cat for quite a long time with no signs and symptoms to show. When it’s in the body, it starts mutating. Once the cat stresses, there’s an outbreak and that’s the end of the road.
Gretel, now 5 years old, was rescued when she was a little kitten. Fiona board her at the cattery as Gretel is just too timid to survive on the streets. Now Gretel has contracted a weird virus that is attacking her red blood cells and her mouth is full of ulcers, hence she couldn’t eat. Our 1st thoughts was FIV and FELV so we sent her to the vet. After teeth removal, some blood tests, oxygen and drip, the vet bill for the 5 days or so of stay came to $800+. Fiona pleaded with the vet to lessen the bill because 5 days amounting to $800 is definitely alot. We want to bring Gretel back to the cattery if possible so that she can spend her remaining days at the place she grew up at. But until she is able to discharge, the bills are still adding up and I would like to help raise some funds for Fiona to cover the bills, considering that she spends most of her income on stray cats. She would definitely have trouble with this sudden hit.
To start the ball rolling, I’ve already contributed $100 to Gretel’s vet bills. I hope you will be able to come up with a bit of contribution to help Gretel out as well. I know times are bad and the cats also suffer along with us. If you can help, you can contribute by either of the following methods:
1) ATM / Internet Transfer to Fiona
2) Write a cheque payable to : “The Animal Doctors Pte Ltd” and mail it to Blk 108 Ang Mo Kio, Ave 4, #01-96, Singapore 560108
Thank you so much.
There is no cure for FIP. A survivor of FIP is very rare. We can give the cat supportive care which will make her more comfortable and possibly extend her life for a short amount of time. Because the dry form of FIP progresses more slowly, cats with this form can sometimes live longer than those with the wet form. This is especially true if the eye is the only organ affected by granulomas. Cats who have an appetite, no neurological signs, and no anemia usually respond better to the supportive care.