It has been a while since I last posted on the cat forums. I am here today, because my beloved Katerina, 3 1/2 years old, died today from FIP. We only discovered on Monday, that she had wet FIP with fluid in both her chest and abdomen. It was causing her problems breathing and even removing fluid from her chest was not enough to make her comfortable. We couldn't justify trying to make her comfortable through steroids, because the stress of giving it to her, was more than I could justify just to keep her alive for such a short period. Knowing there is no cure, no effective preventative is heart breaking. My heart is broken, she was so young. My hope had been that I would outlive her and Ivan, but I didn't expect this.
She had me well trained. She also had Ivan well trained, as she was dominant. All food was her food until she gave him permission to eat. I think he knew she was sick from the way he would go over and smell her these last few days while she laid there laboring to breath. I think he still expects her to come home, because he waited to touch his lunch and carried a bit of it away to eat it elsewhere. A tactic he developed to grab some food before she could push him away from the bowl.
I truly don't know how we will get along without her. I am just devastated.