That day little Freddy had x-rays, blood test, urine analysis and eventually 200cc of fluid removed from his chest and abdomen. The vet provided us with antibiotics and told us that he will be running tests to determine if FIP is likely. He warned us that there was a very good chance based on Freddy's symptoms and fluid color. He also mentioned that Freddy may be acting much better and seem completely healthy by the time he got home (due to fluid removal). Sure enough, he was running around, playing with his brother, eating well and using the litter box as normal... we were convinced that he was going to be okay.
Dr. Dan called an hour ago to give us the bad news. He mentioned that once the fluid builds up again or Freddy stops eating, we will have one of two options. 1. Drain fluid and administer steroids. 2.Discuss options for the inevitable.
The whole time I was speaking to Dr. Dan, Freddy was staring right at me like he knew I was getting serious news from the doctor. Wide eyes and alert- direct eye contact.
The next step was what most of us on here have done, I googled everything I could imagine. While I search, Freddy is being cleaned thoroughly by his brother Jason as they lay in bed. A sign of love from a sibling that knows whats next.
How does someone decide to fight or leave in peace. I've read so many stories about deteriorating cats and their suffering during never ending treatments all to succumb to the same painful outcome.
Who are we to blame?? Indoor cats in a stress free lifestyle with healthy food and living conditions... I guess the breeder?? or their vet?? FIP is a horrible disease with so many mixed opinions. The one bit of information that seems succinct: FIP can be easily killed on surfaces with disinfectants.....