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Get to Know Feline Coronavirus (FCOV), the Virus that Causes FIP Cats

Updated: Jun 7, 2023

FCOV (Feline Coronavirus) is one of the most common viral infections affecting cats worldwide. FCOV attacks the cat's digestive system. It generally causes asymptomatic infection, but can cause mild diarrhea. In a small population of FCOV infected cats, FCOV can undergo mutation and cause serious health complications which leads to the development of Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP).

Transmission of Feline Coronavirus

FCOV is transmitted through direct contact with an infected cat or indirect contact with objects contaminated with the feces of an infected cat. Transmission can occur through the cat's mouth or nose. Cats who share litter boxes or food and water bowls are at higher risk of infection. Therefore, it is essential to keep your cat's surroundings clean, especially the areas where they eat and use the litter.

It is important to note that FCOV cannot be transmitted to humans or other animals other than cats and vice versa.

Under certain conditions, FCOV can mutate into FIP in cats.
Symptoms of FCoV in Cats

Symptoms of Feline Coronavirus

Many cats infected with FCOV do not show any symptoms. However, some cats may experience mild diarrhoea and respiratory tract infection. If the cat experiences loss of appetite, weight loss, dehydration, anemia or other major symptoms, please take them to a veterinarian for examination immediately.

Prevention of Feline Coronavirus (FCoV)

The best way to prevent Feline Coronavirus is to keep your cat's surroundings clean and avoid contact with infected cats. Here are some tips for preventing FCOV infection:

  • Keeping the cat's surroundings clean, especially litter and feeding areas.

  • Wash hands after handling cat fecal materials.

  • Keeping cats away from direct contact of infected cats or of unknown health status.

  • Pay attention to your cat's physical condition, and take them to the doctor immediately if you suspect an infection.

Remember that FCOV virus only affects cats, so it cannot be transmitted to humans or other animals. Therefore, there is no need to worry too much if your cat is infected with FCOV, as long as you provide proper care and keep the environment around your cat clean.

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