About three months ago, Matt and I adopted two cats: Howl and Mala. A month and 1/2 ago, Howl was diagnosed FIP (Feline infectious peritonitis).
Long story short, our first vet told us it was a disease with no treatment, and that the humane option was to euthanize Howl.
After getting the diagnosis, Matt found private facebook group of (FIP positive) cat owners. The group helps to buy and distribute a “miracle drug” — one that had an 80% cure rate for a disease that was previously a death sentence.
We’re currently on day 60 of Howl’s 84 day treatment (he gets one shot a day). After that, we have another 84 day observation period (if he relapses, we’ll have to restart treatment again).
So far, his improvement has been incredible. The fluid has drained from his stomach, he's gaining weight (no more vomiting/diarrhea), and playing with Mala again!
The downside is that the drug is incredibly expensive (though thankfully our costs round out to be about $4000… some of the other cat owners have paid $10K). Since it’s not licensed for animal use in the US, our pet insurance doesn’t cover Howl’s treatment.
If you’d like to help with Howl’s treatment, we’ve set up a GoFundMe for a portion of his costs.
Link here: https://bit.ly/2C3GEqh
If we raise more than Howl’s medical costs, we’ll be donating 100% of the additional funds to Zen By Cat — a nonprofit dedicated to FIP awareness and research.