FOUR WEEK UPDATE 12/7/22: Munnie continues to play and run around more than she ever has. She has now gained 1.3 lbs. Her first round of bloodwork showed positive improvements, specifically her globulin levels which were elevated at diagnosis but they are now in the high-normal range.
Diarrhea is still an issue. We’re currently trying pumpkin but have only seen one positive bowel movement, then she went right back to diarrhea multiple times a day. At this point, the injections are becoming more difficult by the day. In the past week, there have been at least five shots that spilled out of her and we’re honestly not sure if she got her full dose the past couple of days. She also knows when she’s getting a shot, so she runs and hides which causes more strain on the situation. This has become so stressful and exhausting.
We made a second order of vials yesterday. Hoping with all my heart that this gets easier because we still have 8 weeks to go. We need this to work, as so many other warriors do. Please read/share/donate if you can. Thank you. ❤️
ONE WEEK UPDATE 11/14/22: Munnie is playing more and not sleeping all day. She is also approaching a one-pound weight gain. She is resisting the injections which is making them very challenging and she continues to have bowel issues. We still have 11 weeks to go and hoping for more progress. Please read our story/share/donate if you can. If thousands of people donated $1, all of the FIP Warriors would get the help they need. Thank you kindly to all who have donated so far. ❤️
In 2020, I lost my beloved calico kitty a few months before she would have turned 21. I’d known her my entire life and when she passed away, I was heartbroken and empty. I thought I’d never love another kitty again, but this little voice inside me kept reminding me how much I adore cats, and so three months ago, we adopted Munnie and her sister when they were three months old. Any of our friends and family who have had the opportunity to meet Munnie will tell you she is the absolute sweetest, loving kitten they've ever met. When she first came to our home, she was playful and energetic. But within a week, her demeanor and energy levels changed, and she started sleeping all day. We took her to the vet and they said she seemed fine, so we took her home thinking this was her personality. We thought maybe she was less curious and active because she had grown comfortable in her new environment. But within the past two months she has continued to experience bowel problems, vomiting, and failing to gain weight and grow. She only weighs 3 lbs.
On November 3, 2022, we took her to our primary vet, where they performed an ultrasound and bloodwork. Munnie has been diagnosed with "FIP", which stands for "Feline Infectious Peritonitis". The walls of her colon and intestines are thickened, her lymph nodes are enlarged, she has a firm mass in her abdomen, and she has fluid in her mediastinum which is the area between her heart and lungs. She is failing to thrive.
FIP is incurable and untreatable by any veterinary practice in the United States. We've been referred to a group called "FIP Warriors". They offer a treatment that is 80-90% successful in saving the lives of cats with FIP. But there are drawbacks. The treatment is expensive and requires daily injections for 84 days that we have to administer ourselves. It also requires frequent vet visits for bloodwork and other items as needed. And, god forbid Munnie has a relapse, we will have to start treatment all over again. I've already spent $1,000 in vet care to determine her diagnosis. We have two options: try the black market treatment or let this disease take it's course, leaving Munnie with months, maybe weeks to live. This is an aggressive disease and time is not on our side. We're looking for any donations to help us cover the cost of her treatment and vet bills. Thank you kindly, from the bottom of our hearts. We hope this will turn into a success story. And we hope Munnie will be in our lives for many years to come.