Study Information

BIRMAN AND BURMESE FIP GENETIC STUDY INSTRUCTIONS FOR SENDING IN COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE AND SAMPLES: Please see enclosed instruction form on how to take DNA samples. Put each DNA sample (or multiple samples from the same cat) in a paper envelope marked with the name of...

School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California at Davis
One Shields Avenue, Davis, California 95616-8782
Phone (530) 752-7295, Fax (530) 752-7701
March 30, 2009

Dear Birman or Burmese Breeder,

We are writing to request your help with FIP research at U. C. Davis. New tools and technology, coupled with sequencing of the feline genome, have provided an important window of opportunity to study a genetic basis for FIP susceptibility. As you may know, Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is an infectious disease that kills 1 in 100 to 1 in 300 of all cats in the U.S. However, the incidence is 5 to 10 times greater among young cats coming from catteries and shelters. It is a disease that is 100% lethal, and is heartbreaking for breeders and for the families that lose affected kittens and young cats.

FIP Genetic Study

Information for Breeders

A new research project is being launched by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine to discover the genetic causes of feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). Burmese and Birman breeders are strongly encouraged to participate, however, all cats and breeds are welcome. For more information please contact: Subject Line: Sock FIP

FIP – the disease

Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is the most important infectious cause of death among cats between 3 months and 3-5 years of age. Once FIP becomes clinically manifested, it is inevitably fatal. FIP is particularly devastating in cats from shelter and pure breed cattery environments. The infection in shelters is greatly enhanced by environmental factors, such as overcrowding and inappropriate sanitation. FIP is caused by genetic mutations within feline enteric coronavirus (FECV).


SOCK FIP can now receive donations through PayPal. All donations to SOCK FIP will support FIP Research at UC Davis