Definition: Acronym for feline infectious peritonitis, an extremely serious, highly contagious, often difficult to diagnose disease associated with the feline coronavirus. Lethal FIP may present in the "wet" form or "dry" form. Cats who have survived the initial infection may go on to become FIP carriers. Researchers do not yet agree on why exposure to the coronavirus will infect one cat with FIP while another in the same household remains free from infection.
Also Known As: Effusive (wet) FIP
Non-effusive (dry) FIP
Janice had to stop her breeding program, isolate several cats and thoroughly wash down all surfaces of her cattery with a bleach solution, when it experienced an outbreak of FIP.