Fip In Cats How Do They Get It. Feline infectious peritonitis is fatal — but that might not be true for long. Nonetheless, in cats that have signs of fip, very high elevations of fcov would be seen as supportive evidence of the diagnosis.
Usually cats with fip will have a high coronavirus titer but not always. The benign, or usually harmless,fecv lives in the cells of the intestinal tract and is shed in cats’ feces. Unfortunately, routine blood testing for feline coronavirus is not clinically useful.
All cats with fip are unwell and most will have a fever, appear lethargic and go off their food.
Signs when they do occur may include: Kittens usually start showing signs of fip when they are between three months and two years of age. Feline infectious peritonitis is fatal — but that might not be true for long. Most strains of feline coronavirus are found in the gastrointestinal tract and do not cause significant disease.