FIP in Cats, Finally There May be Hope


Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is an awful illness. It’s considered fatal, and most often kills kittens. But now, there may be hope.

Susan Gingrich

On Steve Dale’s Pet World on WGN Radio (listen HERE), I chat with Susan Gingrich of the Winn Feline Foundation. Winn Feline Foundation is a nonprofit that supports funding for cat health studies.

Susan is the founder of the Bria Fund at Winn, created specifically to raise money for funding FIP studies, and she has good news. During our conversation, Susan describes what legendary veterinary researcher Dr. Niels Pedersen has been working on. It’s fascinating for many reasons, in part, because the same class of drug (called a protease inhibitor) that’s used to treat people with Hepatitis-C or HIV and AIDS seems help kittens with FIP. Learn more HERE about FIP.

Dr. Niels Pedersen

Pedersen will speak at the annual Winn Feline Foundation Symposium on June 29 at the The Fairmont Chicago (200 N. Columbus Dr.). Veterinary professionals receive continuing education credits for attending. The public is also invited. If you love cats, you may want to hear Pedersen, have the opportunity to meet him, and hear about FIP. Proceeds benefit the Winn Feline Foundation. The symposium is $35. You can register HERE.

I also briefly mention the mess going on at Chicago cat shelter, Tree House Humane Society. I also mentioned blogger Sandra Townsend’s piece on Tree House.