Susceptibility and FIP
FIP often appears in cats following a stressful event, such as neutering or spaying. Older cats (usually over 10 years of age) may also develop FIP due to the loss of immunity to FECV years before and are now susceptible to infection. An older cat may also have a poor immune system compared to a younger animal and therefore may be more likely to develop FIP.
In 2004 and 2005, Winn-funded studies at the University of California-Davis evaluated whether resistance and susceptibility were under genetic control. The study's findings indicated that while there may be genetic susceptibility and risk, especially in catteries,there are probably a large number of genes involved that cannot be defined by simple Mendelian genetics. Therefore, inbreeding is connected to susceptibility, but genetic testing for susceptibility is not currently possible.
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Roberts just completed her last antiviral treatment with EVO984 and is ready to leap into the next phase of her life.