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COVID in Cats???

HOOOOOMAN!

🤓Did you know ~ Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a viral disease of cats that occurs throughout the world and is almost invariably fatal disease. It is caused by an infection with a virus known as feline coronavirus (FCoV).🦠


❗️❗️It is important to note that the coronaviruses affecting cats (and dogs) are DIFFERENT from the coronavirus which causes COVID-19 in people.😇

📌The FIP-causing feline coronavirus cannot affect people and, as far as we know, the COVID-19 causing coronavirus does not cause infection in cats. 👈🏻


In an affected cat, the virus spreads throughout the body and can cause a wide range of different signs (including an accumulation of fluid in the abdomen, but in other cats, fluid may accumulate in the chest cavity, in others, the virus may cause inflammation affecting the brain, eyes, liver, kidneys or elsewhere). 😿😿


Treatment offers the most hope for cats that are still in good physical condition, still eating, have not yet developed nervous system problems, and that do not have additional disease (such as feline leukemia virus infection).

💊🩺👨‍⚕️Vet prescribed medications can also help in reducing inflammation and suppressing immune reactions, along with supportive care, which can make the cat more comfortable.


There are measures to reduce exposure 👉🏻 frequent removal of feces (the primary source of coronavirus), and isolation of cats that test positive for coronavirus.


❗️Most importantly, hoomansss, 💉VACCINATION against other feline viruses can reduce exposure.


👉🏻These control measures should be combined with an overall preventive health program. Ask your vets for a proper program for your kitty cats! 🐱



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