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Are FIP Cats Contagious to Other Cats?

Updated: Jun 7, 2023

As cat owners, we want to provide the best for our beloved pets and protect them from various diseases. One disease that often concerns cat owners is Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). But is FIP in cats contagious? Or is FIP contagious to humans? Let's discuss in this article about the need-to-know facts.


Learn about FIP transmission in cats and important facts you should be aware of. Does FIP transmit to other cats? Does FIP transmit to humans? Discover the answers and the preventive measures that need to be taken.

What is FIP in cats?

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is a serious disease in cats and often causes concern for cat owners. The cause of FIP is a mutation of the FCOV or Feline Coronavirus, which can cause inflammation of the cat's organs and is highly fatal if left untreated.


Can FIP in cats be transmitted to other cats?

One of the concerns that often arises is whether cats infected with FIP will transmit the disease to other cats, especially in a multicat household. The answer is NO, a cat with FIP will not transmit the FIP virus to other cats. It also won't spread to other pets species and humans.

FIP Carrier Virus in Cats

However, keep in mind that the infectious virus is the source of FIP virus in cats, which is the Feline Coronavirus (FCOV) or also known as Corona in Cats. FCOV is a feline coronavirus that occurs in cats and is only transmitted between cats, and not to humans or other pet species. FCOV is usually asymptomatic and may cause diarrhea. Nearly 80% of the global cat population is infected with this virus. However, it is important to note that FCOV itself is not deadly, but it has the risk of mutating into FIP which is fatal to cats if left untreated.


Prevention and Treatment

When your cat is infected with FCOV, there are several steps you can take to prevent the virus from mutating into FIP:


1. Avoid stressful events for your cat

Avoid stressing your cat, as stress can increase the chance of the FCOV virus mutating into FIP. Try to maintain a comfortable and calm environment for your cat, and give it enough attention and affection.


2. Keep the cat's environment clean

Keep your cat's environment clean, including bedding, feeding stations and litter boxes. Good hygiene will help keep your cat healthy and reduce the risk of spreading FCOV.


3. Isolate the infected cat

If your cat has the FCOV virus, avoid contact with other cats to avoid transmitting the virus. Consider isolating the infected cat until it improves and to ensure the other cats are not exposed to the virus.


4. Separate feeding, drinking, and littering areas

If you own more than one cat, make sure the feeding, drinking and littering areas are separated between cats. FCOV is mainly spread via fecal materials of the infected cat.


Although FIP in cats is not contagious, as responsible cat owners, it is important to understand and take preventative measures against the virus that causes FIP, which is FCOV. By doing so, we can keep our beloved cats healthy and prevent the spread of this virus among the cat population. It is also important to ensure your cat receives proper medical care if infected with FCOV or FIP. If your cat is not feeling well, always consult your veterinarian for treatment advice.


FIP is a serious disease, but early detection can help improve the chances of a positive outcome. If you have any questions or concerns about FIP and its treatment, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at WhatsApp or visit our Instagram. You can read the Complete Guide to Treating FIP Cats by clicking here.



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