Luna’s Drug Trial Update: 6+ Months FIP-Free

Each day that I see more and more cats losing their battles with FIP and owners having to say goodbye to their beloved cats, it gets harder and harder for me to write such upbeat and positive blog posts. I can’t lie. I get overwhelmed with guilt that Luna was saved, while so many still can’t be, and to know firsthand that there is a cure and that it could still be years before it can be approved, manufactured, and commercially available. I know that is not the way I should think or feel, but celebrating Luna’s life and the success of this trial also brings up those emotions too. Just know that I don’t take this cure for granted and that everyday I continue to read and follow all the stories on the FIP Fighters page. Some days I can comment and other days it kills me to even go there. I don’t take this success lightly and I know that we are extremely lucky having been in the right place, at the right time. I love to share the updates because I also know that it gives hope to all cat owners who worry everyday about their cat getting this dreadful disease and that for those whose cats lost the fight, the knowledge that someone out there is working hard to stop this maddening disease. I cannot keep this amazing progress to myself and not share it with so many who have supported not only us with Luna, but the other cats/owners who were also able to enroll their cats in this trial who choose to remain out of the spotlight.

On another happy note, it’s been a true joy to watch Luna get acclimated with the two new Savannah buddies that we got for her in October. She was a little monster to them the first five days, but once we removed the quarantine barriers and just let them go at it, everything came together about as perfectly as it could have.

For those who haven’t met the whole brood; Luna (FIP survivor, F3 generation) is ten months old and 9# 5oz. Titan (an F3 generation like Luna) is eight months old and 9# 12oz., and little Calypso (“Cally”, an F5 generation silver Savannah) is almost five months old and is 5# 6oz. There is never a dull moment in our house now with three…and we never expected to own three…two maybe, but not more.  It has worked out perfectly and we are very glad that when we visited the cattery of Savannarama in northern California to pick up Calypso, little (big) Titan attached himself to us and left us no choice by to add him to the family as well!

They play hard, run fast, sound like thunder and are always hungry. It’s our understanding that Savannah cats can grow for 2-3 years, so we are just getting started. Luna’s appetite has really taken off since she’s been off of her daily injections too. It’s the best sight to see and hear them chasing one another around, wrestling, grooming, playing, and ultimately, SLEEPING!

Luna on the left, Cally on the right and Titan in the back.

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  1. runwyld66 -

    There was room for about 25 cats in this last trial I believe (funding and drug availability). Once they have reached the maximum number that they can trial, it is then closed and data collection begins.

  2. runwyld66 -

    Thank you Noelle! Those are some very kind words and I’m glad that Luna’s story brings comfort to some who have had to endure this nightmare. We are definitely enjoying our new little family of crazy savages!

  3. Noelle -

    Deb, don’t feel guilty. I’m so glad that Luna is doing well and I love to hear updates about her. I gives me hope that someday kitties and their loved ones won’t have to suffer from this disease. I feel like Mickey is a part of her story. Congratulations on the new members of your family.

  4. Karen Da Justa -

    Thank you so much for sharing Luna’s story with us. Today is the first time I have seen one of your articles. I have shared it with my cat groups and it will make it easier knowing that a cure is being worked on. Regards Karen from South Africa

  5. runwyld66 -

    Bridgette, Michele, Denise, & Camila, What can I say except thank you to you exceptional ladies for always being supportive and positive. I don’t know what I’d do without you all and look how spread out we all are! Hugs and huge thanks for being so wonderful!

  6. runwyld66 -

    Ah Joseph, I hate hearing that sad news. When will you have results from the study? Thank you for seeing Luna’s success in a positive light and for all the ongoing support!

  7. runwyld66 -

    These are all valid concerns and why we communicated with Dr. Pedersen before adding more Savannahs to our family. Luna received a daily antiviral injection for 12 weeks. I highly doubt that she has any corona virus left in her system with the FIP mutation itself being likely eradicated as well. The two new kittens are from a different breeder who has no history of FIP in his cattery and while most cats carry corona, there are many strains and it can come and go over time. We did have a fecal loop done on Titan (since he and Cally are siblings–different litters–but from same cattery so only needed to test one of them.

    I worry every day that a new corona exposure will cause Luna to relapse to FIP, which is why she still has lab work and temperature checks drawn at various intervals per Dr. Pedersen’s recommendations. It was his feeing that as long as the new cats were healthy, there was no reason for Luna to remain a solo cat.

    The cats have been together now for nearly 2 months and so far, no issues other than a camphytobacter infection with Titan, for which all 3 cats were treated with 2 rounds (4 weeks worth) of Neomycin twice daily to be safe and make sure the bacteria was killed since they groom one another, share litter boxes…what can’t be avoided of course.

    We are definitely being cautious and I thank you for such a great question and concern! I am surprised no one has asked that as of yet 😉

  8. runwyld66 -

    Shelly, the trial is closed. It was only open for a short time and to roughly 20-25 cats with wet FIP that fit the trial criteria.

  9. Michele Rogel -

    So happy for you Deb, your angels are lucky to have a mommy like you. Luna is beautiful, what wonderful news about FIP, too bad more kitties are not being saved, a horrible monster disease that those of us have lived through can never forget. My Angel has been gone 4 1/2 yrs. horrible heartbreaking nightmare, IF only he would have lived his full life…

  10. Anna -

    Dear Debora, thank your for updates so much!
    May be I missed the information about current coronavirus status of Luna and new cats, would you mind to repeat it?
    Is Luna titer negative already? Is PCR of her feces negative, so she cant pass her aggressive virus to the others?
    Did you check on arrival, if new kittens are coronavirus free? I am convinced, that the new contact with coronavirus for Luna is extremely dangerous.

  11. Denise Kornblatt -

    I understand the “survivor ” guilt you feel. But I need to believe that FIP will end one day and Luna and Smokey ‘s survival do that for me. I remember the deep pain all to clearly of losing my Simon to Wet FIP. I was changed by it. I need to know my baby ‘s life was worth finding a cure for. Your baby does that for me too. I survived Simon ‘s loss. Barely . FIP Fighters helped me come back. It drains me though I love to help. I need to see and hear about Luna and Smokey to keep going. They are ( along with all the other FIP survivors Flora , Bella etc) the light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Thank you for your updates and your presence on the page. Deb. Love Denise Drago Kornblatt

  12. Camilla Owen -

    Oh Deb, never feel guilty for having your survivor <3 We all share your Luna – warrior princess – updates with happiness and hope. So so happy that your clowder of Savannah's have bonded so beautifully. Blessings for continued wellness for them all. Much love n purrs xxx

  13. Joseph A Avalos -

    I’m so happy for the update, I lost my foster Sweetpea to it two weeks ago, my vet and I coordinated with Cornell University and sent tissue blood and fluid samples in for study. I laid her to rest in the backyard with flowers. I understand that you may feel guilty but I am happy for Luna’s success and praying daily that she continues health. I hope that a cure and treatment is found and put in the hands of ours veterinarian doctors ASAP. Hope is all we can asks for! Gods Blessings to you and Luna!

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