FIP has historically been fatal to cats and yet today, FIP is no longer a death sentence!! Thankfully, medication is available to help cats fight this previously very fatal disease! BUT the medications are quite expensive, $160 per pill, and most owner's of cats diagnosed with FIP cannot afford the treatment! Currenlty there are several agents being studied to reverse FIP in cats. Read about that here:
What is FIP?
FIP displays in a “wet” form and a “dry” form. Signs of both forms include fever that doesn’t respond to antibiotics, anorexia, weight loss and lethargy. In addition, the wet form of FIP is most known for the accrual of fluid in the abdominal cavity, the chest cavity, or both. Cats with fluid in the chest experience labored breathing. Cats with fluid in the abdomen show increasing, nonpainful abdominal distension. In the dry form of FIP, small buildups of inflammatory cells, or granulomas, form in various organs, and clinical signs depend on which organ is affected. The eyes and the neurologic system are frequently affected, as well.
Who is Thomas?
Thomas the kitty was a sweet and friendly orange kitten with bright eyes and a happy disposition who we rescued from a crowded animal shelter in South Carolina early summer 2018. At three mohths of age he was vetted, healthy, and adopted to a wonderful family that adores and loves him. What could be better for a rescue to place a kitten in a wonderful home!
Things unfortunately changed when the family moved to a new home about a year later. As stress can lower the immune system in cats, unfortunately it appers that the stress of the move impacted Thomas. Shortly after the move Thomas began to devleop the signs and symptoms of FIP.
After days of a high fever, anorexia, and lethargy, they received the terrible diagnois that their baby was positive for FIP, from their veterinarian. The outlook was grim. They were told that FIP is usually deadly in cats. They also learned then about new products on the market which showed to reverse FIP, however, the price of treatment was out of their budget, about $550 per week for 12 weeks of treatment, totaling over $6000. If the family did not raise the funds, it meant that they would likely have to say good bye to Thomas. This was indeed devastating to the entire family.
The family could NOT give up on Thomas, and did their research.
There is a lot of information about FIP on the W.W.W and some of it is very confusing, even to the veterinary community. The family reached out and talked to anyone and everyone that had experience with FIP, and especially those who have used the new medications. At that point, they started to fundraise on their own. They were able to raise enough to actually start Thomas on "Mutian" the one medication that has shown to reverse FIP. You can learn about it here: https://www.mutian.us/
Once Thomas started the medication it was obvious the treatment was reversing the effects of FIP. His fever went down, he was getting his appetite back, some of his energy returned, and the family was thrilled.
The family has raised close to half of the amount needed for the full course of treatment which is $6000...and since Thomas is responding to the medication, we must find a way to finish the entire course! This will surely keep him alive! This is why our goal is $3000.
Since Thomas was a kitten we rescued, and the family adopted him from us, we can't help but feel responsible for helping this family save Thomas' life. Your donation to us is tax deductible, and all funds will go direclty to the family to purchase the medications. Receipts from the medication and veterinaray invoices are available upon request.
If you have any questions about this campaign, or Thomas, please feel free to reach out to us; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for helping us save Thomas!