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Malcom Cheese, Mac, was recently diagnosed with feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) at 9 months old and given a few more weeks to live. There is no official cure for FIP, but experimental treatments from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine have shown to have a 90% success rate. Access to this treatment is available online but is very expensive, ranging from $1,500 to $2,500. Mac has just started his treatment and is expected to finish on March 16. Thank you so much for reading about sweet Mac and thank you for donating <3!

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About feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) from the Cornell Feline Health Center:
Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a viral disease of cats caused by certain strains of a virus called the feline coronavirus. Most strains of feline coronavirus are found in the gastrointestinal tract and do not cause significant disease. These are referred to as feline enteric coronavirus (FeCV). Cats infected with FeCV usually do not show any symptoms. In approximately 10 percent of cats infected with FeCV, one or more mutations of the virus can alter its biological behavior, resulting in white blood cells becoming infected with virus and spreading it throughout the cat’s body. When this occurs, the virus is referred to as FIPV.  An intense inflammatory reaction to FIPV occurs around vessels in the tissues where these infected cells are located. It is this interaction between the body’s own immune system and the virus that is responsible for the development of FIP. Once a cat develops clinical FIP, the disease is usually progressive and almost always fatal without therapy that has recently become available, but that has yet to be approved to treat FIP in cats by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).