Home Treatments for FIP in Cats
Feline infectious peritonitis is a viral infection found in cats around the world in both domesticated and wild cats that attacks the cells of the intestinal wall, causing an intense inflammatory reaction. Cats carrying the virus are at risk for developing FIP, depending on the immune system; but the coronavirus that causes the disease is not highly contagious and is only truly virulent in the saliva and feces when a carrier cat has an outbreak.
Initial symptoms of FIP include sneezing, watery eyes, nasal discharge, and sometimes diarrhea. As the disease progresses a cat may lose its appetite, weight, lower energy and exhibit depression, fevers, and develop a rough coat. FIP has two forms: “dry” and “wet”. The dry form is more common and exhibits the symptoms above, but the wet form has a faster onset and is characterized by an accumulation of fluid in the abdomen. The fluid may cause a potbellied appearance and can interfere with your cat's breathing over time.
Home Cures for Cats with FIP
This page is for user-submitted remedies and discussion of feline infectious peritonitis. Currently we are looking for more home and natural treatments for FIP, but some Earth Clinic readers have discussed the use of aloe vera, raw diets, and apple cider vinegar. Know of a treatment for FIP? Please don't hesitate to let us know about it!
[YEA] 06/03/2009: Ellen from Fort Collins, CO: "Black Spots: About 15 years ago, I had 2 cats (still have one) who endured the dry form of FIP. Being an immune system problem, one of the cats developed a number of tiny black spots under her chin. I used aloe vera gel that I applied topically and the fungus resolved within a week or so. Both cats recovered from the FIP but the Siamese lost her hearing. She lived to 16 yoa. The long-haired yellow cat is still living and is quite lively. She's about 17 years old. Both cats are/were on a raw food diet. Except for the time, early on, when they had FIP, neither has ever had fleas, ticks, or any parasite and they were outdoors in a protected area for much of that time. My yellow cat developed, first, a sebaceous cyst on her left shoulder where she received a rabies injection in 1994 (she's never had any more rabies shots since). I gently squeezed it and expressed a waxy substance and it disappeared for a number of years. It is back now and there is a rather large serous cyst below it as well. Am going to try the turmeric by adding it to her food. We just began using apple cider vinegar yesterday. I have a 2 year-old Siamese male as well. He received numerous multiple injections (just criminal) from the pinheads who sold him as a 4 month-old kitten. But, that's another story."
09/02/2012: Nur Aida from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: "Please help me, my kitten persian 8months diagnosed wet form of FIP. Bella is very sick now and admited. What can I do to get her better. I dont want to lose her."Replies
11/29/2012: Winnie from Hampshire, Il, US replies: "re: FIP, Nur Aida, how did your kitty cat come out?
I had to have mine put to sleep last week. Vet said it could have been FIP, or a tumor, or heart disease that caused her to fill up with fluid - so I don't know if she actually had FIP or not. But, the vet did tell me that none of them are curable - only treatable, and just to a point. Unfortunately, Bubbles get very sick very quickly, and just couldn't make it. (only 2 ys. old) I do hope you were able to have a successful outcome with yours. All the best, Winniekate"