Mommie Dearest (1981)

I’ve decided to start watching some of the older, classic movies that I’ve never watched.  I started off with a real doozie: “Mommie Dearest”.  This movie, starring Faye Dunaway is about the life of actress, Joan Crawford and displays narcissism at its finest and encompasses alcoholism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and parental abuse; while being able to receive respect and a positive… Read more →

FIP New Drug Trial: Another Success Story – “Dempsey”

I’d like to introduce Dempsey.  With permission from his wonderful owners, Sherri and Chris, I’d like to share his FIP success story. Dempsey was ten months old when diagnosed with wet FIP, and ironically, Sherri and Chris learned of his diagnosis on the very same day as our Luna, in April 2017.  Dempsey and his two sisters were adopted by Chris… Read more →

FIP New Drug Trial: Two Weeks Off and Holding Strong!

Today marks the end of week #2 off the FIP antiviral trial drug (Nucleoside Inhibitor of Reverse Transcription).  Luna will turn 7 months old on August 9th.  She is gaining weight everyday thanks to her improved appetite. Her temperature has remained within normal range and there is no sign of ascites in her abdomen.  Her energy level is off the… Read more →

Post-op Spay Surgery

Out With a Bang: New Drug Trial Update

Luna’s last injection is tomorrow!!!!!!  It’s hard to believe we have made it to this point.  With that said, these last 2 weeks haven’t been as easy as the first 10, and here’s why. We were really hoping that Luna would make it through her 12 weeks of the trial drug before having her first estrus cycle.  We knew she’d be… Read more →

An Unexpected Outcome

Since Luna came into our lives, every blog post I’ve written focuses on her FIP and the drug trial. What I haven’t shared about our little sweetie, is how Luna joined our family earlier this year.  We have a habit of doing things the hard way and for us, buying a specific breed of cat and having things go easy, was… Read more →

Luna’s Initial FIP Diagnosis & Lab Results

Many people have asked me to post Luna’s symptoms and diagnostics that led to her FIP diagnosis, so here it is! I had asked our vet, during Luna’s routine check-up and second Felo-vax vaccine, if she thought her abdomen might look slightly distended.   It appeared to me to now be bloated as it had not been like that when… Read more →

Luna is 6 Months Old! Week #10: FIP New Drug Trial Update

So here we are, in the home stretch of the injections and now 6 months old!  It’s hard to believe we started this all at the age of 15 weeks and how far she has come and how much closer UCD and Dr. Pedersen are to what could be a cure for the dreaded effusive/wet FIP nightmare! Luna is thriving,… Read more →

Recap: Winn Feline Foundation Symposium on “Ending FIP, Is There Hope?”

Luna Goes to Chicago (Her 7th State) This is my personal recap of the information presented at the Winn Feline Foundation, “Ending FIP, Is There Hope” Symposium.  I took my own personal notes as as Dr. Niels Pedersen gave his talk about current FIP research.  It was awesome to hear so much of the overwhelming FIP data that we read… Read more →

Luna’s First Hike – Appalachian Trail Tennessee/North Carolina Border

This is just too adorable not to share.  We have been wanting to take Luna camping and hiking, but when she got FIP, those plans were squelched; for what we thought would be forever.  Look at us now!  Dr. Petersen has to be grinning ear to ear right now. When we were making the decision to get a Savannah cat,… Read more →

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