Unfortunately, feline infectious peritonitis is a disease that can affect kittens and cats in and adopted from foster homes and rescue groups.  It is particularly heartbreaking for caretakers to rescue a kitten or cat only to lose them to FIP.  SOCK FIP hopes to help rescue groups learn more about FIP, and ways to prevent it when possible.  It is especially important to isolate very young kittens from older kittens or cats who may have been exposed to or are carriers of the coronavirus.  It is the coronavirus that can mutate into FIP as a result of genetic susceptibility, depressed immune system, or stress.


Feline infectious peritonitis is a complex disease.  To help cat lovers and caregivers understand feline infectious peritonitis, we  posed the most commonly asked questions to Dr. Niels C. Pedersen, one of the world's experts on the disease.  His answers can be found in a series of articles on the SOCK FIP website here.

Dr. Pedersen has also authored a recent synopsis on FIP research (please be advised this article contains graphic images):

A Synopsis of Feline Infectious Peritonitis (PDF)

Niels C. Pedersen, DVM, PhD. Professor Emeritus,  recently retired as director of the UC Davis Center for Companion Animal Health and the Veterinary Genetics Lab.  To learn more about Dr. Pedersen and the CCAH, please click here.

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While rescue groups and foster homes do not care for animals on the same scale as shelters, nevertheless the need to best manage animal populations and infectious diseases is something rescue groups and shelters have in common.

The UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program offers invaluable Information Sheets on caging, cleaning and disinfection, and research and recommendations for a variety of infectious diseases


Rescue Groups can help UC Davis researchers find solutions to feline infectious peritonitis.  For more information about Davis FIP studies, click here.

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