Pipette - FIP Warrior

Pipette, approx 11 months old, is a rescued survivor who had a feline upper respiratory infection (URI). Due to that and complication to the eye medicines, she lost both of her eyes at a very young age and is now completely blind. She and her seeing-eye cat, Giggleswick, grew up together in foster care with St. Francis Animal Rescue. She was adopted by us in early 2020 but her blindness did not slow her down one bit.

Just recently Pipette started having difficulties breathing, taking short shallow breaths. The vet listened to her chest and heard fluid around the heart and lungs. X-rays were taken and a thoracocentesis performed to remove 260ml of fluid from her chest.

An appointment was scheduled for the next day to see a specialist for more tests. The specialist performed an ultrasound of the chest and abdomen as well as another thoracocentesis this time removing about 40ml of fluid.

Lab results are still pending but due to the bloodwork, age, history, and symptoms, the prognosis is leaning towards wet Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). Until recently FIP was considered a death sentence and was only treated with palliative care. However, in 2019 a clinical trial at UC Davis discovered the cure for FIP: the nucleoside analog GS-441524, also called “GS”. 

FIP Treatment is not cheap or easy for both us the parents and our furbaby Pipette. She will need 84 days of injections to reverse her body from creating mutated cells and instead create healthy cells.

We are reaching out to those that can give to help us offset the costs of her medical bills and upcoming treatments. Her FIP treatments will start immediately so any donations will be immediately put towards good use.

Below is a break down of costs:

$3,425.30 -  Xrays, Ultrasounds, Thoracocentesis, FIP test, Lab work
$2,160.00 - FIP medicine "GS"
$250.00 - Additional medicines (estimate)
$975.00 - Lab work during treatment
$622.00 - Possible additional medical treatments
$140.85 - Supplies (needles, syringes, scale, sharps container, etc.)

Grand Total: $7,573.15

Once she beats FIP she then goes in for dental work to fight generalized gingivitis.  With a high probability of dental issues with the teeth in areas of gingivitis, requiring extractions with an estimated cost of $2,000 or more.

Pipette and us as her parents would be very grateful for any donation large or small. She is an amazing kitten who loves to sit outside on her barrel on the patio to "watch" the birds. There are times that she would track a toy, locate her foster brother (or us), or navigate the house without any issues making it almost seem as she either has a superpower, almost like Daredevil, or that she can still somehow see. She has had a tough start to life and a lot of tough months ahead of her, however, with your help, we can fight this together.


Paul Einselen
Clearwater, FL

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