Features

July 2010 Issue

FIP: What You Need to Know

This deadly viral disease is rare and hard to diagnosis. Itís important to learn how to protect your cat.

Among the various illnesses that can bring an end to your catís life, none is more lethal than feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), which primarily affects young cats (less than two years of age) and cats that are 10 years of age and older. While the name of the disease suggests an inflammation solely involving the peritoneum ó the membrane that lines the feline abdominal cavity and covers the organs that lie within it ó the condition can ravage an affected animalís entire system.

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