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Onyx aka Fatty Fat

Onyx aka Fatty Fat - 4 years old. In late May 2021 I took him to the vet because he was coughing. They found a mass in his stomach & put him on antibiotics. I had an aspiration & MRI done on the mass. It came back as pyogranulomatous inflammation - not cancer. In late June he was still losing weight, not eating well & hiding all the time. I took him back in & they found that the mass had tripled in size so they did surgery on him July 12, 2021. They called me & told me that it had to be cancer, there was lymph node involvement & masses all throughout his stomach. It was so bad, they did a small biopsy of the biggest mass & sent it off. Three days later, they called me & told me that it had turned out again as pyogranulomatous inflammation, no cancer detected. They had said it possibly COULD be FIP but there were no other indicators. They told me there was nothing more they could really do for him and that he had maybe a month left. About a week or 2 later he developed some fluid in his abdomen, I took him back in & they took some of the fluid & tested it. At that point someone had pointed me towards this group & I was already in contact with Julie -who I affectionately refer to as his "handler" - she already had an FIP plan in place, so the day they took the fluid from his stomach, BEFORE ANY diagnosis of FIP, with a "you may have another week or 2 tops with him" diagnosis, I left the vet's office & met with Suze & got some medication & talked about this horrible disease. That was August 3. That night I gave my first injection. I was terrified. I cried & I worried, I worried that my kitty would die. That I wouldn't be able to cover the cost. I worried that I wouldn't be able to keep up with the injections. The next morning, for the first time in months, there was Onyx, waiting for food!! I had hope but was still so nervous!! That night, he fought the injection. Two days later I was in the ER with a cat bite. Two days after that I was bitten again but he was FIGHTING!! We switched to pills on day 28 - that was a life saver for me! I never knew a cat that was so small could fight so hard & do so much damage. I opted to treat for a total of 105 days. At day 84, I just didn't feel like I was ready to stop, even though his blood work looked good & Julie said he could go into observation, I wanted to wait & she approved my request. 21 more days of pills. Yesterday, Valentine's Day, Fatty Fat officially graduated from observation & has been deemed CURED of FIP. The pictures are more or less in order from left to right, the first one is July 12 when they told me there was no way he'd live. The bottom right is him Saturday. ONYX BEAT FIP!!