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3 1/2 week kitten with Feline infectious peritonitis??
Fig79 posted:
My kitten was totally active yesterday walking around, crawling around and then today when I got home for work was lethargic and too weak to feed off its mother. Her mother has been with all of the kitten since birth and all are still feeding from her. Kitten appeared to have trouble breathing so I took to the emergency vet because it was after hours. They said they would have to do a bunch of tests but because the cats skin coloring was yellow they think it is FIP. They can't confirm that but would have to run a bunch of tests to rule it in or out. Sine the kitten was so weak and have trouble breathing I opted out of the tests and put the kitten to sleep.

Can a 3 1/2 week old kitten die of FIP?? I have 3 kittens remaining, do I need to be concerned??
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
While it's possible for a 3 ? week old kitten to have FIP, it's not common. On the other hand, jaundice (yellow skin) can indicate diseases of the liver or blood. Without running diagnostics tests, there is no way to know. Keep a close eye on the other kittens and take them to your veterinarian if they show any signs of illness.

Drew Weigner, DVM, AVBP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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