How should I give the tablets?

The tablets can be taken with a small amount of food, or half an hour after a meal. Make sure you have a sufficient drinking regimen. Due to the absorption limit in the GI tract, it is appropriate to divide the dose into twice daily, especially at high doses (eg neurological FIP). At the same time, a more even level of the active substance in the blood is achieved. Read "How should I administer the tablets?"

How should I weigh the cat during treatment?

Please pay attention to weighing cats when treating FIP. Above all, do not use cheap personal scales intended for weighing adults. These scales have a high degree of inaccuracy. I know a lot of people weigh a cat by weighing with and without the cat and the difference is the weight of the cat. Alternatively, you weigh the cat directly, but personal scales are not designed for such a low weight. So this weight may be far from the truth. The fact that a personal scale has a stated accuracy of 0.1 kg does not necessarily mean that it is also the highest weighing error. In fact, deviations of 0.5 kg or more are quite common with personal scales. All you have to do is stand on the scale differently, put it in a different place, or weigh yourself repeatedly, etc., etc.

It should be noted that a deviation of 0.5 kg in a person weighing 50 kg means 1%, but in a cat that weighs e.g. 2.5 kg already means a deviation of 20%. But it is the knowledge of the cat's weight that is crucial in determining the correct dose of the drug.

Therefore, for weighing cats, I recommend either kitchen scales or even better baby scales, which also have a fairly large area, and for a restless cat you will use the function of blocking the weight data so that you can read it at rest.

Especially young or very emaciated cats, which are expected to increase significantly during treatment, weigh regularly at least 1-2 times a week.

If you don't want to buy a weight for treatment, just go to the vet once a week and take the cat there. Many veterinarians even have a weight freely available in the waiting room.

And a little more advice. In any treatment, a slight overdose is better than an underdose. Therefore, if in doubt about the accuracy of the weighing, it is better to round up or use the highest weight from repeated weighing.

Example of a suitable weight: Baby Ono Read "How should I weigh the cat during treatment?"

Are tablets or injections better?

FIP can be successfully treated with both forms of the drug. Injections are slightly cheaper, but are especially useful if the cat does not want to receive anything at all at the beginning of treatment, or vomits if it has diarrhea, which could have a significant effect on the absorption of the active substance. Unfortunately, for most cats, injections are also very painful.

The tablets are convenient, but also slightly more expensive, in addition, they can usually be divided into a maximum of 1/4, so it is not possible to achieve a completely accurate dosage, as with injections. Read "Are tablets or injections better?"

How can I reduce my cat's fever at home?

Dabbing some isopropyl rubbing alcohol on the pads of a cat’s paws can help reduce a fever quickly. If kitty is willing to sit still for a bit, you can also wrap an ice pack in a towel and rest it against his or her body. A fan can also help reduce a fever but again, only if the cat is fairly sedentary and stays in the stream of the cool air. Fevers that persist for >24 hours should be addressed by a veterinarian. Severe fevers over 105F require urgent or emergency care.

Under no circumstances give human antipyretics to a cat !!! Most of them are fatally toxic to cats, even in small doses. Read "How can I reduce cat fever at home?"

What can I give my cat for diarrhea?

Pumpkin puree is very effective for both diarrhea and constipation. The soluble fiber in pumpkin will regulate and deliver the correct amount of water to the GI tract. It’s also packed with vitamins that are beneficial to cats, and most cats will eat pumpkin voluntarily if stirred into their food. There’s no harm in adding some to every meal, as a preventative either. Be sure it is pure pumpkin puree, NOT pie filling.

Another option is a probiotic, such as Fortiflora which promotes proper gut health and enhances the immune system. This is an excellent addition to any cat’s diet, and can be given daily indefinitely. Read "What can I give my cat against diarrhea?"

How do I store the solution for injection?

Although manufacturers claim that medicines can be stored at room temperature, in reality it is best to store the solution in the refrigerator. In addition, GS441524 needs a very low pH for its stability. Many manufacturers do not realize that the higher the concentration, the lower the pH required for the solution to be stable. Poor pH adjustment may be the reason why some labels may show problematic results in concentration tests. In any case, low storage temperatures contribute to higher stability. The injectable solutions should last for about 1 year in the refrigerator. It is simply good to follow similar principles as other injectable solutions - store in a cool, dark place. Read "How do I store / preserve the solution for injection?"

Is it possible to neuter a cat during treatment?

Ideally, surgical procedures should be postponed or avoided, as they will stress the cat’s immune system. According to Dr Pedersen’s recommendation, the blanket statement is that he suggests waiting until completing 12 weeks of treatment plus the 3 month window of observation.

There are exceptions to this rule depending on the specific situation of the cat being treated. If laboratory results indicate that the cat is in good health, consult your veterinarian about the risks and benefits of sterilization / castration during treatment.

In addition, the behavior of an uncastrated cat can be much more stressful than castration alone. In this case, it is better for the cat to be neutered during treatment, if its health allows it, than during a three-month observation period.

Castration during treatment is so maybeif the good clinical condition of the cat allows it. The ideal time for castration could be the last third of treatment, but at least it remains after castration 1 week until the end of treatment. Read "Is it possible to neuter a cat during treatment?"