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Winn Wins Wednesday

Here’s a fun cat fact from the Winn Feline Foundation, which you can receive every Wednesday when you sign up for the Winn Feline Winn Wins Wednesday mewsletter. Specific mutations in the feline enteric coronavirus (FECV) allow the virus to leave intestinal tract cells and instead infect immune system cells called macrophages. Macrophages normally help…

Talk on FIP: Winn Feline Symposium

If you have a cat, please thank the Winn Feline Foundation. Nearly everything we know regarding feline health, it seems, has been funded by the nonprofit. The Foundation has been funding and supporting cat health for about 50 years. Still, with all Winn Feline has supported, it appeared for years as if the Holy Grail…

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. 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…

Ending FIP, Is There Hope: Winn Feline Symposium

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is arguably the most tragic diagnosis a cat can receive. FIP mostly occurs in kittens. “They’re our innocent babies,” says Susan Gingrich, founder of the Winn Feline Foundation Bria Fund. Often, people have obtained a kitten because an older pet has passed on, and the still-grieving family now hears their baby…

Short Film on FIP, Supported by Winn Feline Foundation

At theaters soon, Aeris: A short film that chronicles the 12 days a young couple spends with a sick kitten diagnosed with FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis). The Winn Feline Foundation and the Bria Fund supports the film “Aeris,” and also supports funding for cat health studies. And there may be progress on the road to helping…

Mr. Swanson's Day: Spread the Word About FIP

Why is it that poor little kitties with feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) seem to be the sweetest souls on earth? Some suggest it’s because these kitties somehow know their time here will be limited. Some say it’s because God chose only the sweetest of kittens to go to Heaven early. Those more pragmatic point out…

FIP Studies Move Forward with Hope

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) has remained a mystery for years. Recent work, funded by the Winn Feline Foundation Bria Fund and the Morris Animal Foundation has   is unraveling that mystery FIP is a disease of cats, which usually affects kittens. According to SOCK FIP,  1 in 100 to 1 in 300 of all cats…

Aeris: A Movie About a Kitten and FIP

I cried as I watched this kitten story….just look into the eyes of Paul Castro Jr. and Aly Miller as they tell their story, of a kitten, named Aeris, who succumbed to feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). I get Kickstarter and GoFundMe pitches just about every day. I can’t possibly repost them all. But this one touched…

FIP Fundraiser, Winn Feline Foundation

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is nearly always fatal, and nearly always happens to kittens. It’s also more common than some believe. FIP kills 1 in 100 to 1 in 300 of all cats under 5-years (mostly under 2-years). The incidence can be five to 10 times greater among young cats coming from catteries and shelters.…

FIP Potential Breakthrough at Kansas State

FIP or feline infectious peritonitis is actually not an infectious disease, despite its name. However, the corona virus which mutates in some cats into FIP, is very infectious. If there is no enteric corona virus, there’s no FIP.  No one knows why most cats are able to easily fend of the relatively benign corona virus…

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