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Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a viral disease that can occur in wild and domestic cats. It is caused by a type of virus called a coronavirus. There are many different strains of feline coronavirus, which differ in their ability to cause FIP.  Most feline coronavirus infections are relatively harmless, but this initial harmless infection may later mutate to cause FIP in some cats. To further complicate things, cats with a strong immune system infected with a more harmful strain of feline coronavirus may be carriers of the virus. Meaning they may shed the virus without ever showing signs of disease.  Also, the virus can remain dormant in the body for months to years before infected cats eventually develop full-blown disease. This makes FIP a very confusing disease that is hard to understand.

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