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Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)



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My work with FIP “terminal cases” (which is when they are diagnosed) started relatively recently, my first success being in early 2003. I’ll present the principles I use which I developed in my work with this illness, but first here’s a little background, to explain the situation to those not already “in the know” about what FIP is really about, as understanding the disease is key to repertorizing a matching remedy. I hope too that what I learned may be useful to others not only in handling FIP but with other comparable disease situations. BACKGROUND According to the Journal of Veterinary Medicine 2007 Nov-Dec issue, “There is no therapy with proven efficacy to treat cats with feline infectious peritonitis (FIP).” In this issue, page 1193,  a German study presented is the latest (failed) attempt to repeat the only known claimed success, in Japan in late 2003, when four older cats in a group of 12 cats with FIP, were said to have survived the disease by use of prednisone and interferon. The Japanese study was not formal, had no controls or protocols and follow-up was indirect; the four survivor cats were not seen but owners claimed they were still alive. The German study had 37 cats from various owners in a placebo controlled double-blind trial, but not one FIP-infected cat (treated or control) survived more than 2 months after diagnosis, whether using prednisone, interferon or a combination. Hence the disease is still considered universally fatal to cats. The standard procedure […]

My work with FIP “terminal cases” (which is when they are diagnosed) started relatively recently, my first success being in early 2003. I’ll present the principles I use which I developed in my work with this illness, but first here’s a little background, to explain the situation to those not already “in the know” about what FIP is really about, as understanding the disease is key to repertorizing a matching remedy. I hope too that what I learned may be useful to others not only in handling FIP but with other comparable disease situations.

BACKGROUND

According to the Journal of Veterinary Medicine 2007 Nov-Dec issue, “There is no therapy with proven efficacy to treat cats with feline infectious peritonitis (FIP).” In this issue, page 1193,  a German study presented is the latest (failed) attempt to repeat the only known claimed success, in Japan in late 2003, when four older cats in a group of 12 cats with FIP, were said to have survived the disease by use of prednisone and interferon.

The Japanese study was not formal, had no controls or protocols and follow-up was indirect; the four survivor cats were not seen but owners claimed they were still alive. The German study had 37 cats from various owners in a placebo controlled double-blind trial, but not one FIP-infected cat (treated or control) survived more than 2 months after diagnosis, whether using prednisone, interferon or a combination. Hence the disease is still considered universally fatal to cats. The standard procedure for a veterinarian diagnosing FIP, is to suppress the immune system with high dose steroid (prednisone) and to give antibiotics “to control secondary infection”, but even though this is a chronic disease, death can occur in just days, especially with the most common effusive form of FIP in kittens, called simply “wet FIP”.

It will help to briefly outline what this illness is about, as the name is a misnomer and understanding it is essential to appropriate homeopathy. Then I’ll discuss what experience has taught me with more than 400 cases since Jan 2003. Included are before and after photos to illustrate progress. It is my hope to encourage other homeopaths not to give up on cats with this illness even though, currently, successes are very hard-won.

Feline Infectious Peritonitis comes in three forms, none infectious, and none peritonitis, and none of this is well understood by the majority of vets either! The misnomer name harks from before 1998 when the true nature of the disease first became known. They got the “Feline” part right – and thankfully this horrid illness does not occur in any other species currently.

FIP is a unique disease in that it is triggered when a commonly present gut corona virus in cats (FeCoV for “feline corona virus”) is forced by external stresses in the presence of an imbalanced immune system, to undergo mutation to a much more dangerous virus (FIPV for “feline infectious peritonitis virus”), which in turn tricks the immune system into attacking and killing the cat, this way:

* the cat’s macrophages, which should normally engulf and overcome any virus invader, are instead used as incubators for virus replication – and

* the antibodies produced that should normally be used against the virus, are instead used to attack and destroy the cat.

That’s the disease in a nut shell, it is a chronic disease by its autoimmune type but can kill very much faster than most autoimmune diseases. It also presents with a huge variety of symptoms and thus deserves deeper understanding to help with remedy selection issues, and with nutrition issues – both equally important in FIP handling as well as FIP prevention.

So I’ll expand on that brief definition with suggestions on prevention or management of illness at each step. I am concentrating here on “wet FIP” as this is the trickiest to deal with, and the fastest killer of the three types.

VIRUS INVOLVEMENT IN FIP:

The commonly present gut virus which is involved in supplying material to mutate into the FIP virus (FIPV) in cats, is a feline enteric corona virus (FeCoV) found in almost all cats. FeCoV usually is not a health problem, though if present in high enough numbers in the gut, it can cause gastroenteritis symptoms and can become a potential stress factor for the cat. This virus can be transmitted from cat to cat, but since it is ubiquitous anyway, that is not an issue contrary to common allopathic belief.

However – if you add enough stress factors, you will see mutation of FeCoV to the FIP virus and that is an altogether different issue to deal with, though the FIP virus is not transmitted cat to cat – each cat has to mutate their own FIP virus to get the disease, and that requires many factors to be present. It’s relevant here as FIP is easy to prevent and it behooves the homeopath to make sure anyone presenting a cat with FIP at least knows how to prevent this devastating disease.

Food to control the FeCoV stress:

FeCoV spreads between cats and kittens via litter, grooming, contact, etc., so is quite ubiquitous. In groups of cats where it is symptomatic at all, it can be readily brought under control with diet. In addition to a 34% or more animal protein diet, cats need a colony of appropriate bifidus gut bacteria (not acidophilus) to make for them what we humans get from fruit and vegetables (which cats cannot digest and should not be fed). The bifidus in turn, need up to a teaspoon a day each of pure rice bran and plain cooked pumpkin as fuel, and no herbs or preservatives to kill the bacteria, and they will then ensure the high protein diet is used to make butyrate, acetate and propionate for a healthy gut that supports healthy organs. The bifidus will also out-compete any excess of FeCoV present. This good nutritional base controls FeCoV and improves general health but does not help the potential for FIP mutation triggered by other factors. FeCoV can be induced to mutate into the FIP virus even when present in very small quantities. It only takes one. Hence prevention of FIP requires a balanced immune system in addition to appropriate nutrition.

Prevention of Feline Infectious Peritonitis

External Stresses damage the immune system, a prerequisite to FIP. I’ve put prevention up front as it helps with understanding of the disease and hence with management of it, as one must remove maintaining causes.

Irene de Villiers

Irene de Villiers

Comments

  1. virginia

    July 13, 2010

    I am trying to get in touch with Irene de Villiers, who wrote this column on FIP. I want to consult with her about my cat and order the appropriate medications. Does anyone know a phone number?

    • Karla

      August 1, 2010

      hi Virginia were you able to get a hold of Irene de Villiers?
      Thanks

  2. Diane

    September 26, 2010

    Is it possible to get in contact with Irene de Villiers? I have a cat with the neurological form of this disease who is starting to become paralyzed in the hind end. He has no seizures at this point and is still eating well and drinking. He was diagnosed about 1 1/2 months ago when he had a severe bout of diarrhea. He had no other symptoms. His bloodwork showed a severely high wbc and his protein levels were very high. He has had no other organ involvement according to his labwork. He was treated with antibiotics because of his extremely high wbc and diarrhea and seemed to recover nicely and the vet seemed to think that maybe he could have multiple myeloma (not a good scenario either) instead since his 7b Elisa test was not very high. He did not want to use Prednisone at that time because of the high wbc. He has had a mass (possible submandibular lymph node) that has been slowly growing during this time. He has had no other symptoms until yesterday when I arrived home from work and noticed that he is very ataxic in his hind end. It would be very helpful to be able to speak with Ms. de Villiers to find out her feelings on pursuing this with treatment. Otherwise I cannot continue to allow him to suffer, not understand why he cannot move as he is used to and watch him get progressively worse. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks you.

    • Irene de Villiers

      September 26, 2010

      Hi Diane,
      My email is
      You are welcome to contact me.
      Namaste,
      Irene

      • Kathy Montes

        April 22, 2011

        Irene,
        I, like most people writing to you, have a seriously ill cat, Louise. She does not have the wet type, she is down to bones, still eating small amounts, but is very lethargic. I also have one of Louise’s offspring, Lucy, I have a gut feeling that she has it as well. First sympton to me is their fur looks funny, kinda clumpy, and she is starting to lose weight. I would love to talk to you or correspond. I know NOTHING about Homoepath! Please advise. If i cant save Louise (which breaks my heart), I can try for Lucy!
        Thank you!!
        Kathy

      • Jesse

        February 20, 2012

        My one year old cat lewis is a pure bread siamese and has been diagnosed with FIP our vet tested his blood and the fluid in his abdomen and/or chest. However he eats on his own happily he plays a bit but is mostly inactive he has not puked and he has not had diarrhea but he is having difficulty breathing, what are his chances of surviving and is there anything i can do besides make him comfortable
        Please contact me im desperate, i love him so much.

      • jeff kessler

        April 14, 2012

        Hello. I would like to get in touch with you to treat our male 9 mos. old cat who was diagnosed recently with terminal FIP. Please contact asap. Thank you. JK

      • Trevor Hall

        July 22, 2012

        Hello Irene,

        My 6 year old female cat (Bobby) has been diagnosed with the dry form of FIP.
        She is drinking, but eats very little.

        Can you please tell me what homeopathy treatment there is and where can I get it?

        Please reply soon.

        Regards,

        Trevor

      • Julia

        November 13, 2012

        Hi Irene,
        can I get the F series in a health store and how much from which?
        Need help soon.
        Thanks Julia

      • Jessie

        January 7, 2013

        Please help! My kitten has fip and i would love to know what homeopathic remedies you used. Time is of the essence.
        Thanks!
        Jessie

      • Deena

        January 10, 2013

        Hi Irene, I have a four year old cat who was diagnosed with FIP and he has the dry kind. Is their any remedies you have in mind because I really don’t feel like loosing him.

      • Jennifer Luke

        February 21, 2013

        Hi irene

        I am a Dvm and hoping to see if you can help my sons 12wk old kitten w effusive wet thoracic fip I am willing to listen and see what you can provide in experience as hope is slim

      • Brad Ruffner

        August 2, 2013

        Hi Irene,

        I as well have a 10 month old kitten in an unfortunate health situation and stumbled into this very helpful site. My bengal, like a light switch, just started showing all the neurological signs of dry FIP. We have been trying numerous things mostly for her comfort but hit a quick dead end with the vet. Your dosing suggestions under the “Neurological FIP” section are a little confusing to me. I am going to pick the supplements up today to try and give her the first dose today. I would greatly appreciate a suggestive clarification. Do you mean to add a teaspoon of one of the two magnesium supplements as well as a teaspoon of B6 to a cup of water and then give her one drop doses of that mix twice a day? Lastly, do you recommend this alone for the neurological cases or paired with one of your other suggestions? A quick response would be a heavenly gift. Namaste, and thank you for your work.

      • Cindy Creighton

        October 17, 2013

        Irene.
        Please help me. My Emma 5months old was diagnosed with wet FIP yesterday.. They used a test Rivalta’s Test for FIP. She tested positive. She had a fever and her belly is bloated as described in other cases you helped.
        Help us.. I gave her one does of prednisone and vet did yesterday.. I will stop. What holistic meds can I get easy and give asap. I have her on Ideal Balance (Kitten and she sneaks the adult of my 15year old cats food) by Hills. Please call me tell me what to do. I don’t want her to die.
        Cindy 386-675-2666, 386-236-8687 home

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        miriam gutierrez

        May 22, 2014

        Ms. De Villiers,
        My one year old cat just got “diagnosed” with Wet FIP and I am being advised to put him down. I just adopted him 2 months ago and this is the sweetest cat ever….could you please help me? I would like to try the homepathic treatment you suggested for Mathis…I’m desperate, please help me

      • Felicia Coleman

        December 8, 2014

        Hi Irene,
        I was not sure how to contact you, and I am hoping this will work. I am new to homeopathic medicine, read your articles on FIP and am in desperate need of your help. I have an 11yr old Maine Coon (Merlin) that went from a healthy 19lbs to 5lbs in a matter of months. His symptoms are absolutely the same as your case study on Mantis and Fluffy. I would say he is in or close to the terminal stage of FIP. He has been off the prednisolone for over three weeks(I wish I would have not given it to him now). I have ordered the all of the supplies that you suggested, and had started him on the Cinchona30c, Lycopodium 30c, and sulphur30c. I had noticed improvement until today. He had been eating and drinking up until today12/8/2014. Now I am having to administer fluids and food. My bartya, selenium, and plumbum are arriving in the next couple of days. He had been to the vet numerous times with no improvement, and I wish I could have found your data sooner. I feel like everyone else here scrambling to try and save him. His body type looks exactly like fluffy(black cat)and Mantis, with weakness in the hind legs, skin and bones, with a wobbly gate. The vet offered more pred. or euthanasia. I do not accept that. In my heart I feel if I can get him the proper combination, that I can turn this around. He is still accepting all of the baby food, vitamins, and fluids that I offer him. The nausea and vomiting started today as well. We have little to no bowel movement(very runny and small amount), and am urinating on a regular basis. He is fading fast on me. He is not crying or meowing, but you can look at him and see he feels bad. I will not give up on him, but I really need some help. I am home all day, so I can give him the medicines at the intervals you suggest. I am willing to do it all, but I need guidance fast. Thank you for any assistance or advice you may have. I will gladly pay any fee, I just need some help for my beautiful Merlin.
        Thank you,
        Felicia Coleman

  3. Irene de Villiers

    September 26, 2010

    Gee I WANT my email included and the system is excluding it for some reason.
    I shall try again:
    Please feel free to email me. You can search for my website using furryboots and norwegian forest cats as search keys.
    That has my email for all to see.
    Also try to assemble it from furryboots at icehouse dot net
    Namaste,
    Irene

    • Olimpo Rojas Rodriguez

      January 29, 2013

      Hi Irene, I’m Colombian.
      My wife has been collecting strays, for several years, we currently have 5 cats and a dog. Year and a half ago my dog ​​died, Tikisa, collection, died of acute urinary tract infection.

      Thereafter, died exactly one year ago Osiris, male cat of 11 years died of feline infectious peritonitis, was the alpha male, began to get sick from when Tikisa died.
      On Friday they confirmed that Simba, male cat has FIP and probably the rest of the cats have.
      The following is a list of my animals.

      Simba, feline, male, 10 years
      Monina, feline, female, 12 years
      Alcachofa, feline, female, 8 years
      Vuvuzela, feline, female, 5 years
      Suyai, feline, female, 3 years
      Hairs, Canico, male, 13 years

      I would like to know more about homeopathy treatment you developed. Could you send it to us by e-mail? We are trying to do everything possible to win the FIP. Please help us.
        Thank you.

      • adriana ballesteros

        March 15, 2013

        Hola Olimpo, como te fue con la enfermedad del Pif con tus gatos?, conseguiste el tratamiento, a mi se me murió un gato con los síntomas del Pif seco, batallamos unos meses, pero no sabia que tenia esta enfermedad mi veterinaria se hizo la desentendida y lo único que le importo fue el dinero y eso le costo la vida a mi pobre Milu yo convencida que tenia gastritis, ni idea que existía esta enfermedad, aquí nadie le para bolas a esto, el remedio es la eutanasia. Yo le di muchas gotas homeopaticas algo entiendo y le alargue unos meses, pero como es lógico me gano por desconocer por completo por donde atacar, tengo un amigo homeopata que nos puede ayudar si le ubicamos con el tema, este tiene laboratorio. En el articulo la doctora Irene da los nombres de las medicina homeopaticas. Tengo una pagina web y me gustaría poder publicar en español estas ayudas.

    • Charla Morin

      May 17, 2013

      please contact me. I have a cat with the neurological FIP. Getting him tested today. Want to get him started on a regime right away. I rescued him and his siblings at 3 weeks old.
      redbud243@comcast.net

  4. Kathleen McTigue

    October 2, 2010

    I just had a female kitty that died of FIP. She had the type with the liquid accumulating in her little belly. She was a Persian. I have a male Himalayan that has lived with her since I’ve had her for the past 8 or so years. He has had feline herpes, but is very healthy right now. How at risk is he for the FIP and how can I give him preventative treatment? Thanks in advance. I am worried that he might get it too.

  5. Donna Lovette

    October 2, 2010

    I woul also like to get in touch with Irene de Villiers, who wrote this column on FIP. I want to consult with her about my cat and order the appropriate medications. Does anyone know a phone number? My six month old cat, Emelia, has been diagnosed with FIP. Her stomach is large. She is barely eating or drinking liquids. The doctor told me that she has a short time to live and to prepare to put her to sleep. I want to fight to keep her around longer. I’d like to use the medications that got her the kind of results seen in this article.

    • Pat Creighton

      October 3, 2010

      You may notice Irene lists her website at the bottom of the article. On her websites are ways to contact her directly.

    • Madalina

      November 27, 2013

      Hello Donna

      My name is Madalina. My Beloved cat Sony stoped eating few days ago he has abdominal fluid the doctors told me is either cancer or the FIP. tomorrow we will have some of the test results . I am devastated and shocked … he is so afectionate and adorable… they told me to be prepare to lose him

      thank you so much

  6. Donna lovette

    October 5, 2010

    I’ve left a couple of messages at the email addressed indicated on her website with no response yet. So I thought I’d try leaving a message here in hopes she would see it. Although I’m running out of time, I guess the only thing I can do is wait and hope she contacts me soon.

  7. jsherman

    November 2, 2010

    Need Help!!! 9 month old cat has FID. Eating little. Tried to start on raw food. Likes salmon from can and little raw chicken. Weak but moves around. Where do I begin. Jann

  8. Jane Beyba

    November 12, 2010

    I suspect my cat has feline FIP as he has the swollen abdomen symptoms
    and weight loss. He is two year old and about 8 months ago I gave him
    the FIP nosode – I am now worried that this has resulted in him having FIP.
    I have been treating him with echinacea aug 30c and arsen alb 30c but have not seen much improvement. I have now started him on china 30c and see a
    slight improvement. I have also given him apocynum canna 30c for the fluid
    in abdomen. I have been treating him for almost a week . I also have the FIP nosode – but am too afraid to give this to him – can you give this to a sick cat?

  9. Elaine J

    December 2, 2010

    Not on this page, but I did find a website with your address. I wrote a couple of days ago, and I’m sure you are inundated with emails. But I need help Irene!. My cat has neurological FIP…. well, he has had seizures anyway and the only test that came back positive was for FIP. As in my email I have obtained the blood work and would love to get working on restoring the health back to my beloved pet. I am willing to post my email address but something tells me it wont show because as you tried to post it didn’t. laner262@yahoo.com If you or ANY of your colleagues can get a hold. ANY help is appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Theresa

    December 18, 2010

    Please help!! Pretty sure my cat has FIP. He was at the Vets yesterday and they strongly. Believe my 5.5 mth Sphynx kitten is infected with “Wet” FIP. He goes back to the Vet on Monday for full bloodwork, UA and another sample of his abd fluid to send off for analysis to confirm if its FIP I want to try something other then steroids!!!! Help.

  11. Kenten & Debbie

    January 1, 2011

    Hi Irene
    Thanks for the very informative site and links, same as most of the above folks we have a ‘wet’ FIP case on our hands. & month old bengal Acacia. Stuck in northern Ireland with no homeopaths available to help treat her (vets suggestions of extermination is not an option) so will have to make up tinctures etc. ourselves. Please help, our little sweethearts life depends on it. A short list of things to buy and doses would be greatly appreciated, I`d do a chinchilla backflip if she pulls through.
    Namaste
    Kenten & Debbie
    Bertstrapdoor@hotmail.co.uk

    • James

      January 2, 2011

      I have a six month old with wet FIP. We are treating him with Interferon. He has not improved yet, and I understand that the success rate is low. Like all the others, I am desperately searching the internet for anything that might work.

      Kenten & Debbie: If you get a recipe for a homeopathic cure or treatment I’d really appreciate it if you could pass it on to me – amaliefranz @yahoo.com

      Good luck to everyone dealing with this terrible illness.

      • tonya yanciki

        April 25, 2011

        yes, Kenton and Debbie if you find anything please let me know as well? tyanicki@my.genesee.edu My Josie was diagnosed last week…Im devastated! and like you said, ending her life is not an option…we need a cure for FIP

  12. Nikki MacMaster

    February 8, 2011

    Irene has a Yahoo Group called FIP-to-HEALTH. Look up “Yahoo Groups”, when there lookup “FIP-to-HEALTH”. Email me and I’ll send you the link.
    nikkimacm@yahoo.com

    Nikki

    • tonya yanciki

      April 25, 2011

      I just sent my request to the Yahoo group and am patiently, yet desperately waiting for response

  13. tonya yanciki

    April 25, 2011

    I would also like to speak with or email Irene de Villiers, but cannot get the email link to work. My baby Josie has just been diagnosed and I am devastated :-( she will be 2 yrs old in July and I just need her to be okay. She is a very special cat to me, which I’m sure everyone who is desperately searching all cites that say FIPV also feel that way about their beloved cat… I am very interested in a homeopathic remedy, and just couldn’t believe when i finally came across this article! Every other cite said just what my vet said, “It’s an incurable disease, she probably has maybe a week to live” He offered to to testing but blatently said it would be no use… There HAS to be something I can do for Josie… Irene, if you have any time to respond to my comment, PLEASE do! My email is tyanicki@my.genesee.edu for Irene, or anyone else who has helpful input… was thinking of using some of the things mentioned in article but do not want to cause further harm… PLEASE HELP?!

  14. Kristin Millett

    May 1, 2011

    My cat was just diagnosed with FIP and is declining rapidly. Three days ago she was given prednisone and an antibiotic to make her more comfortable. This is the only article I’ve read that has given me any hope for Izzy. Is there anyone there that I could work with so that it’s not too late for my girl. This is so heartbreaking for me and my family! Please try to contact me. Thank you.

  15. Diana Georgieva

    May 5, 2011

    Dear Irene de Villiers, first I want to thank you for your work for our best friends. I gave a friend a young cat and because of long travel from Bulgaria to Germany by car and much stress, he got FIP. Now, they are fighting the battle for life and I hope they win.
    I’m writing to ask you a question for my cat Passi at home. She is 6 years old and few months ago, she got a sore on her paw. 5 different vet Doctors treated her for different things and nothing helped, even got worst. Now she has few more on her body and a sore above her eye. I asked them for test and they told me they found cancer and infectious cells. I’m not sure how you call this cancer? My Hpathy vet has given us Cilicia for a month and I just give her vit.C, Flax oil, Omega 3 and Colostrum in little yogurt for about 2 weeks. Also I washed the wounds with peroxide water 3%. As for now not much changed on the outside. Could you give me advise what else I can do to help her heal? She is in a good spirit – eats and plays as normal but is limping because of her wound …
    Thank you again, DD

    • Renee

      November 29, 2012

      Try liquid silver ( natures sunshine) apply directly with cotton ball to sores 2x a day and 1/2 a teaspoon in drinking water daily my cat suffers the same thing, my cat now only has a breakout for two days at a time because i start the liquid silver as soon as i see symptoms.. I resently rescued a baby squirrl that had an infection on its cheek, again liquid silver on a peice of cotton applied to cheek 2x a day and 1/4 of teaspoon in water bowl daily and the sore and infection cleared in 4 days the swelling disapated in 1 week.. Now baby squirrl (peanut) peanut in now in squirrl school with other squirrls learning how to be a squirrl since the mother rejected her.. with a loving wildlife rehabilitate center, Liquid silver is an amazing natural antibiotic, great for people too.. Hope this helps oxo

  16. Valerie Glasgow

    May 16, 2011

    Dear Irene, we adopted a poor tiny cat from a shelter in January and took her in to the vet due to her sneezing. I had the vet do the full blood work to see what she might be fighting and the vet thinks it is FIP. This cat had been someone’s pet. She was spayed and front declawed when someone brought her in to the shelter near death from starvation. I’m not sure how she survived outside as she is a whooping 5.7 pounds. She had frostbite so severe on her ears that most of her ears are now gone. She is the best cat, very sweet and acts grateful that she has food, water and a warm place to sleep. I obviously want to do whatever I can to save her life. I can email you the blood work results if you would like to see these. I just need to know where to start now in getting this cat back to health.

  17. Ashley

    June 22, 2011

    Hi! I have a cat and my vet thinks he has FIP so I contacted you a few times. I sent everything to your email adress and I was wondering if you could reply back because I wanted to try the homeopathy remedies that could help my cat. If you would email me back soon that would be great! I included my email in the email I sent you! Thanks and I hopefully will talk to you soon!!

  18. Dani

    August 12, 2011

    I think my cat might have the dry form of FIP. He is very lethargic and his muscles are really weak. He won’t eat at all (only drinks water) and he hasn’t been going to the bathroom. There is also something wrong with his eyes. I have no idea what to do! Please help!

  19. Danielle

    February 16, 2012

    Hello Irene,
    My poor sweet 11 month old kitten was just diagnosed with wet FIP. I am completely devastated and your site so far has been the one one giving me any hope in helping my litte Luna. She is a medium sized silver spotted tabby who weighs 4.3 lbs who also has a mass in her kidney. I was wondering if at all possible you could put together a list of regimen medications and give me an update on the relative price. I look forward to hearing from you.

  20. debbie borho

    March 3, 2012

    plez plez get in touch with me asap, my baby jasper whos just under 2 years of age just got the dreaded dry fip. this is devastaing to say the least, i feel for all the other people here, i hope they have found sucsess through your aid. i pray for the same for our baby.

  21. Christine Fredrickson

    April 16, 2012

    I am in full blown crisis trying to save my effusive FIP cat. He is at my vet now getting the fluids drained and subc. hydration. My vet is also a homeopath so I have emailed his office this article and they are going to print it out for his review. Thank you Irene. I hope he understands these therapies as they are over my head! Is there a way for me to contact you? Thanks, Christine

  22. Christine fredrickson

    April 18, 2012

    Sadly I put Manny down today and buried him in my garden. Less than 5 days from diagnosis to death. Seemed normal a week ago. My beloved little lion! No time to figure out what to do. Tap and drain made him decline even more rapidly. I buried my husband 3 1/2 years ago and thought after that I would be immune to pain like this but I am profoundly heartbroken all over again. Manny was not yet 7 even rarer for FIP in an adult – not even middle age cat. Wondering about stressors – I’ve been renovating my kitchen for the last month and my small bungalow is literally torn apart. I wonder if this had an effect after reading this article again tonight. I sent this to my vet yesterday but Manny had already been treated with steroids last Thursday before I found this. Now it’s too late. My vets office did say they are now ordering the C and F china series that Irene speaks of for future cases and they said it’s because of Manny even though they have had 3 other FIP cases ( or assumed FIP cases) in the last month. Such a horrible disease!

  23. Erica

    May 2, 2012

    I took my cat to the vet yesterday and they told me she was 92% that she fip. She will be a year old at end of the month. The vet told me age probably wont to the weekend. He told me I should put her down. I didn’t put her down I just couldn’t. She is going to the bathroom but she lost weight and she not playful and she sleeps all the time. She is eating and drinking a little I also went out but a bottle and milk replaced and she is drinking her up. I need to know how to help her I don’t want to loose and could the vet be wrong.

  24. francesco

    June 10, 2012

    hello Dr. Irene,
    My name is Francesco and 2 years ago I lost our precious Asia because of effusive FIP.
    She was only 4 months old when first symptoms showed up and she died after a few weeks.
    I didn’t want to try any steroid or similar teraphy since I considered it useless…
    Asia had taken her first vaccination 1 or 2 weeks before the disease appeared…
    This winter I rescued a wonderful, long-haired kitten, Coco. She was doing well as she was the last arrived in my 8-cats home community.At some point, 1 week after her first vacination, 3 or 4 weeks ago, she started to be very lethargic, and measuring her temperature I realized she had fever.
    As you wrote, as usual at the beginning vet prescribed us useless antibiotics, which didn’t help. After a week blood work showed all FIP signals (high fecov title, A/G ratio very low and more).
    One week later thoracic effusion started to show up. Actually Coco is waiting for her dead sentence named wet fip….I’m usually really sceptical regarding homeopathy and I’m not actually sure it could help Coco as she is now, but I’m really convinced about all what you wrote, about causes and origins of FIP, and on the fact that too many veterinarians simply don’t know anything or close to anything about this disease. Many of them consider a fecov+ cat a cat with FIP…
    This may sound absurd but is real. I really think you gave an exact portrait of this disease. I 100% agree on the stress factors (VACCINATIONS!!!!!) as I wrote, I’m now asking if you think there is anything I can do for my 6 months old Coco….
    Best regards

    Coco just rescued, on last january: http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/408162_2845428749084_2072115581_n.jpg

    • menab

      September 6, 2013

      vaccines cause a shifting of the immune system towards the TH2 side —–if they did not do that they would not work. Now for the cat that is already TH2 shifted then gets vaccine –then gets FIP —– then gets really sick —-now has a big problem……. the cat cannot clear the virus from its system because the vaccine caused serious TH2 shifting……one needs to find a way to shift the cats immune system to the TH1 side of immune system for some period of time to clear the virus…….
      beta glucan is one serious immunostimulating agent to really shift from TH2 toward TH1 side of things……. there are several other natural /homeopathic /traditional agents out there to also shift things towards TH1 —— but i think a cat has to have a TH1 shifted immune system to clear the virus and recover.
      –just some thoughts from a cat lover.

  25. RAFIDAH

    October 18, 2012

    Hello,
    My cute 10 months old kitten was just diagnosed with wet FIP, jaundice and leukemia. I am completely frustrated and your site is the one giving me any hope in helping my litte Adek…She is a medium sized persian cross cat who weighs 3 kg. I was wondering if at all possible you could email me a list of regimen medications. I look forward to hearing from you as she is fighting with the disease and really want to save her… TQ.

  26. Melinda Czeczon

    December 27, 2012

    Hello.
    I have a female cat approximately 3-4 mos old and we are suspecting that she has FIP the wet kind. I hope to get in contact with you in the hope that maybe you could help her.
    Your article is very refreshing and somewhat comforting.

    I hope to hear from you soon.

    Melinda

  27. Andrea

    January 4, 2013

    I adopted an 8 weeks old female kitten 3 months ago from the local shelter. Within hours after arriving home she was sneezing and developed pneumonia. She recovered, but had discharge from her eyes and nose for the next 3 months. Last week we noticed changes in her left eye. She could not see and developed a severe anterior uveitis. An eye specialist saw her and suspected FIP. We had FIP7B Elisa test, toxoplasma and CBC/chem done and received results today. Most all was good on the tests but the FIP test result means nothing. Vet thinks she has dry FIP and put her on Famiciclovir 125mg 1/2 tablet daily,Clavamox 1 tablet daily, and Prednisolone Acetate 1% eye drop every 6 hrs. I’d like to use homepathic treatment before it spreads further. If anyone has suggestion please let me know.

    Irene de Villiers

  28. Heloisa

    January 24, 2013

    Hi Irene, I’m from Brazil and my little kitten has been diagnosed with the wet FIP. It is been 1 week since we noticed the fever and swelling abdomen. The vets started the treatment and so far so good. I really enjoyed your article about the disease and we do have hope that he is going to fight to live. I would like to know more about the homeopathy treatment you developed for Annie. Can I e-mail you? We are trying everything to make him beat the FIP. Please, let me contact you to try another approach for the disease. Thank you.

  29. Amy

    January 24, 2013

    Hi, my cat has a swollen belly. And has been really lethargic yesterday and today. He also started throwing up today. He also is keeping one of his eyes closed. We recently tried working him and don’t know what’s wrong. Do you think it’s FIP? Is there anything we can do if it is and also do you think it can be anything else?
    Thank you so much for your help in advance!

  30. Kate

    February 2, 2013

    Hello Dr. De Villiers; My kitten 6 month old spayed male, adopted from the shelter a month ago, was diagnosed with FIP yesterday. He has a fever of 103 (yesterday it was 105). The vet made her diagnosis based on the high fever and abdominal fluid accumulation that was shown on an X-ray. If you could be so kind, please send me instructions on the dosage of the homeopathic remedies you recommend for FIP for my kitten. I really don’t want to lose him, he makes me so happy, because of truly wonderful good nature.
    thank you very much, Kate.

  31. Lisa

    February 17, 2013

    My 4 month old Ragdoll kitten has been diagnosed with wet FIP. Please can you provide me with your homeopathic care to hopefully help her.

    Respectfully

    Lisa

  32. Laurie

    March 12, 2013

    Hi Irene,
    My cat, Suzie has had a fever of 103 for two weeks. My vet gave her antiobiotics and subQ fluids. Took blood and her white blood cells were low and I think her hemoglobins were off? She’s doing another test to see if she had the fpv virus which she thinks she has according to the blood work. Please help me figure out what to do! Poor suzie is very sick. She’s 3 years old. She was given to me two years agi from my sister who only had her first set of immunizations done. I didin’t know this till now. I have four other cats. They have all their immunizations, could they contract this virus from her??? PLEASE EMAIL ME!!! Thank you! Anyone else has any advice please email me at Laurie_paint@yahoo.com

  33. claire mathieu

    March 18, 2013

    Hi Irene, Thank you for sharing with your blog.
    I don’t know if you can give me some answers but
    One of the young cat I found in Paris just contracted the disease apparently he has the sympotms and the vet did examinated him. He was in contact with another young cat who died in December and had FIP disease. Now, I know its a fatal disease but on internet some people success to save their cats. do you know anything about it to try to help me saving this life?
    With homeopathy which products exactly ? I think he has wet FIp as his belly is big.
    I would like to try to save him with homeopathies . Thank you for your help
    Claire phoebe67720@hotmail.com

  34. Mare

    March 31, 2013

    Re: contacting Veterinary Homeopath, Irene de Villiers – be aware she receives upwards of 500 e-mails PER DAY from people the world over also searching for help for their kitties. If you still wish to contact her, her e-mail address is listed on her website…
    http://www.angelfire.com/fl/furryboots/ Look for it and an alternate e-mail address listed directly underneath the pictures of her Norwegian Forest Cats about 1/2 way down the page.
    Or join her feline-oriented online discussion group on yahoo.com called CATWELL… http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/CATWELL/
    There is another Veterinary Homeopath, Sharon Hamel, there now as well.

  35. Tushi

    April 4, 2013

    IRENE, NEED IMMEDIATE HELP, HOW CAN I REACH YOU?

    I am a teenager from northeast India (Assam) and we have a healthy common Indian cat as a pet (we found her as a stray when she was just 3-4 weeks old). I hardly knew anything about cats then and she grew up on cow’s milk, fish and chicken but never had any problems and was never sick, had no diarrhea or vomiting and is always active and playful. Now she is almost a year old and recently gave birth to two initially healthy looking kittens, one of which (the male) died at 6 weeks. That kitten was weak from birth and never played or moved around much. The other ( a female) was extremely playful and active but now at 7 weeks old, I think, has all the symptoms of FIP. She drinks momma’s milk, but her bones are showing up, she has stopped playing, her head is always droopy, does not want to eat or drink anything, not even water, moves a little and then sits around staring blankly at nothing, and sometimes screams a lot.

    I really need your help because in this part of the world it is impossible to find a vet who knows cats. All vets know here is cows and dogs because people don’t like to keep cats here, its unlucky. They don’t even do spaying and neutering and our province doesn’t have cat shelters. When the first kitten was dying (presumably of FIP) and I called the vet, he told me he to give it a human antibiotic mixed with 2ml of water. I did and it died an hour later. I can’t get over the guilt yet and now the other healthy kitten is dying too, we don’t know what to do…My whole family is in pain.

    She seemed to be okay till about last night, but today it is a lot worse. Can you recommend anything that can be done at least to ease her pain? Any cat food we can order online?

    The mother cat is okay, though she is not eating much as well for the last two days.

  36. Julie

    June 15, 2013

    My family has a 5-6 year old Tabby cat who was diagnosed with FLV that had not progressed to Leukemia. For the most part we have been able to keep her relatively healthy. A week ago she had a low grade fever and was lethargic/decreased appetite. The vet found fluid in her abdomen and pulled the fluid for tests. We were given the diagnosis of FIP. She was given a few days to live and has lasted over a week today. She’s eating boiled chicken, treats and drinking fluid. We were told there is nothing more that can be done so we began looking for alternative ways of treatment. Could you help?

    Thanks,
    Julie Hanson

  37. Krisy Clover

    June 20, 2013

    Please help, our sweet little mustard has taken ill and all the symptoms are pointing to the wet FIP. We will get the test results in tomorrow and our hearts are breaking that it will be positive. I’m trying to find help because my vet said there was nothing that could be done for him. He still behaves like himself, but has had no appetite for 10 days. I’ve been taking him for a few hours everyday to our vet to receive fluids. Please, please if there is anyone that has a suggestion, I’m begging for some help!

    • Karl

      July 10, 2013

      Hi Krisy,

      I hope your cat made it. Did you manage to obtain any details? I’m devastated and desperately trying to find some remedies. Please email me on scondemor@hotmail.co.uk if you have any info. Thanks.

  38. TAJJ

    June 30, 2013

    Hi, My cat is diagnosed of FIP(The Wet kind). She is about 8 years old. She has been fighting for about 2 months. But she is very weak and thin now. We don’t know what to do. The vet said she have only a few days. Is there anything we can do? what can I give her? Vitamins? She is not walking and not eating. Very weak. Please Help Thank you so much !

  39. Daisy Lee

    August 12, 2013

    **urgent**

    My cat is diagnosed of FIP(The Wet kind). He is about 3months old. He has big pot belly and enlarged scortum but still willing to eat. He is very skinny now. he has fever for a few days already. I would like to try your homeopathy. Please help us as I think he still has a chance as he is still willing to eat.

    • Debrah

      January 7, 2014

      Please send me your recipe my kitty is very sick. Thank you

  40. MC

    August 29, 2013

    You can also look into Dr Khalsa.

  41. Kelly Richmond

    September 2, 2013

    Please help my fip cat. 1yr old . Lethargic, eating one day then not eating the next. I have him on a multivitamins which is helping slightly. What to you recommend??

  42. menab

    September 6, 2013

    I think fip affects certain cats who’s immune systems are REALLY TH2 shifted …. as need TH1 system to clear the virus . I think the TH2 drives inflammation via cytokines, but the cat cannot clear the virus due to weak TH1 system …so end up with bad probs…… I think if one could shift the cats immune system to the TH1 side of the immune system and suppress the TH2 side , for a long enough duration, the cat would probably have a much better chance of clearing the infectious agent with its own immune system. Why are are some cat at more risk ? — i think it has to do with a cat who was born with a th2 dominant immune system and then got an aggressive vaccine schedule early on that really (or permanently TH2 shifted the cats immune system . I think that is why ya just dont see the disease in feral cats very much. The cats need the vaccines ,, but if have a cat who has phenotypic traits that makes one suspect its immune system is already mildly TH2 shifted at birth , then one wonders if one went a bit less aggressive on the vaccine schedule (cat gets all the vaccines but just a bit slower)-if it would make a difference in the risk of getting FIP….. There are medications —homeopathic and natural and traditional agents that can shift immune system toward the TH1 side … One wonders what the outcome of a study would be if the ill cats were placed on several agents including beta glucan (if it is safe for use in cats)plus a few other agents to REALLY shift the immune system to TH1 and suppress the TH2 immune system……

    My sweet cat died of FIP -and the vet had nothing to offer in the ways of treatment —hence my interest in the topic .
    Yes corticosteroids DO shift the system to the TH1 side , but they are also serious immunosupressants in general —- so no surprise that most of time that treatment doesn’t work in the long run.
    with my current cat — i had the vet give the vaccines on a less aggressive schedule because the cat has phenotype that i suspect would place her at risk of already having a TH2 dominant system before any vaccines.
    –just some thoughts from a cat lover

  43. Cindy Creighton

    October 17, 2013

    Please call help! How much and were do I get the holistic meds/ which ones. I give 50 food and 50 water in it? Help.
    386-675-2666

    Cindy

  44. Sharon Williams

    May 1, 2014

    My cat is 20, has bloated tummy , and many of the fip symptoms . I’ve seen two vets both of which have different diagnosis , but both say cN only offer pallative care . I can see my cat isn’t ready to give up , she still wants to play outside and is refusing to go to sleep. I think she’s scared . I just wondered what you used. Anything is worth a try

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    Lucy Blake

    July 2, 2014

    My 3 year old female tabby has gradually developed a very large belly and along with this state has a very fickle appetite – eating very little – her energy level is also low – often lying on the bed all day – she does not look happy either – she used to belong to an aquaintence of mine who had her neutered after the third time shed been on heat – actually during when she was on heat – I feel all this would have been a multi -stress time – and could have made her system very vulnerable – she fortuneately has had no vaccines but would have been given medication including metacam when she was neutered – Im convinced she has wet FIP – though I feel shes still at an early stage – I have for years treated my cats with homeopathy following the advice manuals of vets like George Mcleod and Chris Day – then I trained as an homeopath -for 4 years though didnt complete due to financial difficulties but I also practice radionics – through dowsing – I have created a liquid complex remedy as a sort of organ support remedy which Ive personalised to the cat – I have done this before with hiv and feline leukaemia cats before – dowsing over their hair and it has worked – though of course Ive also used specific remedies that have been appropriate at the time – I dont know whether this is going to work on Millie – but Im going to give it a try – Apis did come up as one of the remedies to include in my complex remedy mix – and China 30C also comes up using radionics as being very relevant – but to use separately as a main remedy – but I have still to work her case out properly -I will of course be ordering the FIP nosode – I used to give all the main nosodes to cats – when they came into my life – in the way that Mcleod used to recommend – but unfortuneately havnt done that routinely for quite some time – particularly as there are mixed views on the use of nosodes – I will have questions to ask but having found this website by googling FIP and homeopathy I decided to join as theres some great information on here and a box came up for me to write in – so I thought Id better put something in it to validate why i was joining.

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    Yoda

    July 11, 2014

    The article is so well-written. I’m always surprised when I see such confident writing in homeopathy – my own successes are few and far between.:) I’ve been treating kittens with the same disorder for a year now using multiple remedies.

    I tried to get on the CATWELL yahoogroups but the yahoo captcha finally defeated me! (Anyway, I never reveal my identity on the net, which was also a requirement.)

    A share: my work on FIP – https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=2077654611003854436#editor/target=post;postID=145297325299303623;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=0;src=link though I can claim to very rare success, it’s an ongoing process. I hope some of the remedies and ideas I’ve put down in the post will help some kitten somewhere.

    Thanks for the suggestion of Plb, Irene. I havent tried it for the hardening in the abdomen.

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    Lynn Marchant

    August 21, 2014

    Hi, Irene! We have a long history of caring for, and socialising feral cats, which we relocated to some pleasant kennels on our property in UK. However, the poor creatures are often under stress via unfeeling neighbours and would like, if possible, to offer them a protective dose of FIP nosode. Do you, or anyone else know where we could purchase this in UK? Thank-you so much – Lynn.

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    Lynn Marchant

    September 21, 2014

    Having browsed Irene’s suggested rubrics for FIP treatment, it’s interesting to observe that besides treating other symptoms – many are also remedies for states of stress and anxiety. As Irene has already indicated, limiting all types of stress, would appear to be crucial in preventing mutation from FECoV to FIP.

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