So what is observation?
The next 84 days after you have completed the treatment is classified as the observation period.
During this period it is important to keep an eye on your baby for any signs of a relapse.
These can include:
2. Not eating
3. Legs are wobbly
4. Eyes may look cloudy
5. Not wanting to be around you
6. Not using the litter tray
8. Crying when you pick them up
9. Loss of weight
10. Generally looking unwell.
If any of these symptoms are shown during observation it is a good idea to have your baby checked by their treating vet. Not all of these will mean they have relapsed. It is less common to relapse after wet FIP but no cat is immune to relapsing.
What if my cat relapses?
This is up to your treating vet however normally they go back on to treatment at double the dose.
They may need this for 21 days or longer. If you have been using REM or Bova pills please make sure your treating vet contacts Bova as they will help financially with relapse cases. Sometimes relapses are caused by under treating.
Due to the financial pressure of treating your vet may under dose thinking they are saving you money. This is in fact false economy especially if you have to retreat.
What can I do during observation?
It is a good idea to steer clear of both worm and flea treatments unless necessary and if that’s the case do not use a multi treatment like a spot on that treats for multiple things. If it is fleas try a fleas shampoo and flea powder. If worms just use a kitten worm syrup or a worm tablet. Also try and avoid any medication unless absolutely necessary. Also avoid any unnecessary surgeries like dental, etc.
Diet during this period is crucial. A good diet high in protein is essential to help the body repair itself and start to build up its own immune system. Don’t forget to continue using probiotics as well. A raw/wet diet is far better than a dry diet. Treat your cat normally during observation. Remember around day 40/42 of observation have their bloods done again to make sure they are on the right path. At the end of observation talk to 6ur treating vet about whether it is necessary to do bloods again.
This is the time you can sit back and take a big breath and say we are finally finished and we have fought the fight. Congratulations.