Does anyone have experience with FIP in an older cat?
Our 15+ year old cat started vomiting about 1.5 weeks ago. He has some lumps under his chin that we suspected were cancerous. I took him to the vet on Saturday expecting to find out that the cancer had spread and he would need to be euthanized. Instead, when the vet x-rayed him, she found fluid in his abdomen and suspects that he has FIP.
We were sent home with antibiotics (he also has some issues in his mouth, possibly unrelated to the FIP), sulcralfate to help the vomiting, and instructions to put him on a low protein diet.
Through trial and error we have discovered that he cannot tolerate dry food, he vomits the entire meal shortly after eating. He is on strictly canned food now, and we have made it 2 days with no vomiting.
I’m curious if anyone has experienced this, and if so, how long were you able to maintain a good quality of life for the kitty? I know there is a treatment available now, but the cost, and the cat’s age/other issues make him a poor candidate.
My husband is very attached to the cat, and quite upset that our time with him is limited. If you have any advice for prolonging his quality of life I would love to hear it! If we can’t control the vomiting and associated weight loss we will need to make a tough decision very soon.