Oliver was rescued at the age of 3.5 months by my daughter in late November 2019 from a group of cats living outdoors. He was given a clean bill of health by the vet and completed his vaccinations in December 2019. On 1/12/20 I noticed his swollen belly and took him in to the vet on 1/15/20 where he was diagnosed with wet FIP, something I had never heard of. The vet put him on prednisolone and said we'd eventually have to euthanize him. She mentioned a clinical trial and seeing what she could find out about the medicine but updated me that it had ended and the medication was only available from China on the black market. It was devastating news for us. Over the next several days I researched this disease and treatment and found the FIP Warriors group on Facebook. As a family we committed to Oliver's treatment. One of the group administrators assisted me in obtaining the GS medication and Oliver began his recovery on 1/24/20. Oliver never lost his appetite, always drank well and used the litter box properly. So I believe we caught it early. His belly began noticeably decreasing after 6 doses and appeared completely back to normal after 11 doses. I took him to the vet after 4 weeks for blood work and almost everything was back to normal. I informed the vet about the treatment and she was very excited about the results. We are currently at 38/84 days of treatment. After about 2 weeks of treatment he was back to the playful kitten he had been, chasing his toys and wrestling around with my 4.5 year old cat, Aragorn. So looking forward to April 16th for his last shot.
Oliver had his last shot on April 16th, 2020. We followed up with normal blood work results on April 17th, 2020, and entered the 12 week observation period. It was nerve-wracking at first but Oliver continued to be healthy. We did a mid-period blood work up during observation at the 6 week point and everything was normal and healthy. We finally reached the end of the observation period with another normal blood lab result and declared Oliver cured on July 10th, 2020. Oliver will celebrate his first birthday on August 15th, 2020.
We are so grateful to everyone in the FIP Warriors group on Facebook, administrators, moderators, fellow FIP Warrior parents. The group is awesome and by far the best group of people I have ever run across in social media.
Thank you for your support in the efforts to cure our kitties and raise awareness.