5 Facts About Feline Coronaviruses
Feline coronavirus (FCoV) is a common viral infection in cats. It usually results in an asymptomatic infection, or mild diarrhea. So far, little is known about the changes in the virus that lead to mutations that lead to feline infectious peritonitis (FIP).
Most cats infected with FCoV will clear the virus after infection, but some cats may develop persistent infection. These cats are generally asymptomatic, shed large amounts of virus in their feces, and become a persistent source of infection for other cats in the environment.
Continued circulation of FCoV in cat populations may increase the chance of FIP strains emerging. Although the pathogenesis of FIP is poorly understood, it is now believed that regular testing for FCoV antigens in multi-cat households, screening of positive cats and timely isolation can effectively reduce the risk of FIP in this group.
FCoV antigen is generally detected by stool, which is fast, accurate and safe. Given the possibility of intermittent shedding or recent infection in cats, a single positive or negative test cannot determine whether a cat has persistent infection. Regular testing is very important.TAEING FCV Ag Detection of Mouth and Nose Secretions Testing Kit for Cats, high accuracy, easy to operate.
In cats with clinical signs of FIP, a positive FCoV antigen result indicates FIP. In clinically healthy cats, a positive FCoV antigen result only indicates FCoV infection.