Cat With FIP when to Euthanize

Feline infectious peritonitis virus or FIP is a disease caused in young kittens when they spend time around other kittens in shelters. It is a fatal virus and in most cases, there are not many treatments that will benefit the kitten. Fip is not very common, but when it does occur, cat owners are suggested to euthanize their cat. So what signs should you stumble upon before you decide when to euthanize your cat with fip?

In this article, we will go over the set of signs that show your kitten may need to be euthanized, as well as other helpful information about cats with fip.

cat with fip when to euthanize

What options do you have besides euthanasia if your cat has fip?

If your cat has fip, there may be a few things you can try to prolong its lifespan before sticking with the last resort.

Some cat owners are recommended to give steroids to their cats. These are given in tablet form and are meant to put a stop to any infections and feverish feelings in your cat.

They can also be substituted with certain antibiotics, but not without a vet’s prescription.

Alternatively, vitamin supplements like Vitamin A, B, C, and E are also given to the affected cats to provide nourishment.

While all these are effective options to try to keep your cat from euthanasia, they do not guarantee any concrete results.

In recent days, vaccinations against cat fip are also being developed and tests are being conducted.

Therefore, not too long in the future, your cat may be immune from this fatal disease.

So what signs should you know to confirm that your cat with fip has to be euthanized?

Signs that your cat has to be euthanized

We know this is the last option, everybody loves their feline friends. But in order to make the best decision for your cat, you need to be able to look at the signs.

These signs will influence your decision about when your cat with fip needs to be euthanized.

Genetics of cat have a long line of fip affectees

Genetics plays a huge role in what the cat is going to face in its life. Just like humans, many diseases that we get later in life are inherited, fip’s root main probable cause is also genetics.

It is said that there is a 50% chance of a young kitten getting the disease if its ancestors had it first.

This does not mean other factors do not play a role. Around 40% of the job is done by triggers in the cat’s environment such as transmission from other cats and staying in a crowd.

If you adopted a cat or simply got one from the shelter, chances are that you don’t know about the cats’ bloodline.

So if your cat does get fip, you can get a checkup, and if the results of the tests are negative (ancestors had fip), then this will help you figure out if you need to euthanize it.

Cat lives around other cats

Cat fip is caused because the cat has remained part of a crowd and happened to get affected by another cat.

If this happens, you want to keep the other cats safe from the deadly problem, right?

But if there is a large number of cats, how do you separate the cat with fip from the others?

The answer is, it is difficult to. It is not easy to pinpoint one cat among others and quarantine or euthanize it.

What you can do is avoid breeding the cats, so there is less chance of transmission of fip.

Remember when we said that a big reason for catching the disease is genetics? So even if some cats are exposed to fip, their genetics will ultimately determine if they will be affected.

Hence, there is only so much you can do to keep each cat safe.

However, if you do manage to narrow down which cat has fip, then the best option is to euthanize it because keeping one cat separate from others till the end of its life is usually not possible for many cat owners.

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Low immunity of cat

Cats that have low immunity and are less likely to survive with fip. Immunity is natural, but there are ways you can improve your cat’s immunity by using different types of food.

However, this again does not guarantee an increase in lifespan after fip, and this factor often causes death in kittens with fip at a much younger age.

Other than this, if you know beforehand that your cat is susceptible to diseases and has weak immunity, you could consider the decision of euthanizing it sooner.

Means of treatment do not work for the cat

In fip, all means of treatment are just a race to keep your cat alive the longest. This means that there is a great chance that the medications prescribed may not work.

If this happens, there is an option to increase the dosage and change the diet plan for your cat, but usually, these methods don’t last very long for cats either.

Consult your veterinarian, and if all practices go in vain, then euthanizing your feline friend may be the best option you have.

Signs that your cat does not need to be euthanized yet

Even though the above signs are usually very common in cats with fip, there are a couple of things that will tell you that your cat may not need to be euthanized yet.

Stay on the lookout for these signs in your cat:

Cat looks and behaves normally

As the subheading suggests, if your cat behaving completely normal and shows no signs of fip, then chances are it is okay.

There can be two possibilities, one, that the cat is projecting that it is fine and hides it so well, but after a checkup, you find that it is indeed affected with fip.

The other possibility is that it is actually fine, with a few minor symptoms, and you’ve just started the medication.

As long as your cat is living a healthy lifestyle, and you get regular checkups from the vet, there is no need to euthanize it.

Also, this is a rare scenario, cat experts suggest that it is often not that difficult to figure out that your cat has fip. So do not worry too much about it!

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Treatments seem to be prolonging the disease

If you see that the medications and the change in diet plans seem to be working for your cat and making it healthier, great!

This just means that your cat may just live a longer life than its expectancy, and you can enjoy more time with your feline!

It is still important to make monthly visits to the vet to keep your cat healthy and thriving for as long as possible.

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In conclusion, when do you know that it is time to euthanize your cat with fip?

Most of the time your vet will suggest that you euthanize your cat as soon as you can because fip does not have a proper cure.

Mainly because genetics play a big role in the transmission of the disease, there is not much medicines can do to keep your cat alive for long.

That said, there are still certain measures you can take that may prolong your cats’ lifespan.

As a cat owner, you should stay wary of the signs that show that your cat may be in pain and needs to be euthanized, as well as signs that show otherwise.

And look, as a friend to your pet, we know how hard it can be to process the thought of euthanizing. Just remember that it is for your cat’s benefit and you want it to be pain-free.

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8 thoughts on “Cat With FIP when to Euthanize”

  1. I took in a stray who was taking advantage of the food and water I put out for my other strays. When he was not looking well at all, I was able to take him to my vet where we had him neutered and tested. He is FIV+. In the 3 months we have had him indoors he developed a fever and upper respiratory issues, along with an eye infection. All of this was determined to be indicative of FIP. Cutaneous lesions have been appearing as well. At this point we are giving him subq fluids, prednisone and Mirtazapine to ensure he keeps eating. We also administrate Neonycin ointment to his eyes. He has lost a lot of weight but stable in his eating habits. Watching his litter box for urination and elimination. As long as he continues to eat, enjoy his snuggles, his cozy bed and appears content, we will not consider euthanizing. Sandy is the sweetest boy and we will know when it is time. He will tell us

    • There’s a few drugs on the black market that is an 84 day treatment, if caught in time, but that’s the most important thing, though.

    • I’m having a similar situation right now with my baby boy, Po. He’s four years old and the sweetest of them all. Upper respiratory infection, hurts to breathe and has a severe eye infection. My heart is falling apart. Wishing you both a smooth healing process.

  2. There’s a few drugs on the black market that is an 84 day treatment, if caught in time, but that’s the most important thing, though.

  3. I adopted 2, 2 month old male neutered kittens in Nov 2021 from a Humane Shelter in Maine. Buddy was a short hair grey tiger kitty & Fluffy was a long hair orange tabby. The shelter claimed they were too young to have received any of their kitten vaccinations, but that wasn’t true and my vet started them with their first set of shots within 3 days. I also have a 3 year old male neutered all black cat – ERIC.

    I’m 63 & retired and my home is very calm, clean & quiet. My cats are my family and are spoiled rotten. Fluffy suffered from some bouts with diarrhea and at the recommendation of my vet the kitties were put on Hills Science Diet Sensitive Skin & Stomach Dry Food & they also ate Sheba & Fancy Feast.

    On June 25, 2022 one of the kitties urinated on the kitchen floor which had never happened before. On June 26, 2022 it happened again. Buddy strolled past me on his way to get a drink of water and I noticed that his stomach was bloated. The following day, Buddy’s stomach was much larger and solid. If I didn’t know he was a male 9 mo old indoor only kitty, I would have thought we were expecting kittens within the next 24 hours. I contacted the vet & brought in a stool sample, but it wasn’t enough to test & Buddy went to the vet the very next day on an emergency basis. I thought it might be a blockage but tried not to go over the worse case scenarios until I had all the facts & results. They took Buddy’s temperature and weighed him & the woman asked if I minded if she consulted with another person & I agreed. My entire world came crashing down within the next 10 minutes when the vet brought Buddy back to the examination room & placed him in my arms with tears in her eyes. “I’m so sorry” she said “I don’t have good news.” Buddy’s temperature was over 105 and he was dying right in front of my eyes. The diagnosis was FIP (wet) and he was in pain. Until that day I had never heard of FIP or realized that even though my cats are always kept indoors, all vaccinations done on a timely basis and I thought I was giving them the best possible life…. I was wrong. Buddy died at 3:38pm. He was only 9 months old. I have since brought Fluffy & Eric in the following day to verify their health status. Eric had a temp of 103 & had blood work drawn which came back negative. Eric had no problems at all.

    I don’t understand what happened & how & why Buddy passed away from FIP. I’ve looked up articles on the internet & researched as many articles as I can find. What could I have done different? Why didn’t I realize my kitty was sick? And of course the all consuming question of Why Buddy? In Jan – Mar 2022 I did volunteer work at an animal shelter near my home (it’s not the cleanest by any means), is it possible that I’m part of the problem?

    Thank you for allowing me to reach out & try to gain as much knowledge as I possibly can.

  4. Cats are very good at hiding their pain. Please don’t feel bad. I’m sure you did the right thing. It’s not ever easy to deal with. Wishing you recovery and peace with your other kitties


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