kyle cassidy (kylecassidy) wrote,
kyle cassidy
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roswell can't actually read, but she does look at every one of her get well cards.



she came home from her follow-up visit on friday. she'd had a high fever when we brought her in, but it came down during the day. friday night it went up again almost into the "bring her back in" range, but hovered just under that and this morning, came back down to normal.

roswell has symptoms consistent with FIP, Feline Infectious Peritonitis, a terminal disease caused by a coronavirus (tidbit: the alien space ship didn't crash at roswell, roswell was just the nearest place where the people outnumbered the cows. the crash site was two hours from roswell at a place called corona now how weird is that? how can the aliens not be involved in this?). anyway. her symptoms are also consistent with other things that are not terminal diseases. so, the diagnosis remains, in my understanding, "she may be headed towards being healed completely, or she may die." we'll know a bit more on monday when her FIP tests come back but, again, from what I understand about FIP tests, they're very inconclusive.

A "positive" result doesn't mean that she has FIP, only that she's been exposed to it and her body has developed antibodies for it. Many cats are exposed to coronavirus and do not develop FIP. What we're looking for instead is a titer, a number that represents the highest dilution that will show a positive result for FIP antibodies. A low titer means there are very few FIP antibodies. BUT, as I understand it, the test only shows that the cat has developed antibodies for coronavirus it might not be the specific one that causes FIP.

So one may wonder why we're even bothering to test. the reason, as i understand it, is that a negative result means that she has not been exposed to FIP, which would be good news.

Roswell is in very good spirits, eating well, and enjoying life. last night she slept curled up on my shoulder. she purrs a lot and her quality of life is very good -- except when she's getting her anti-biotics or her temperature taken.

so. roswell and i are going to take this one day at a time.

more photos of her





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