Feline coronavirus (FCoV) is very common and usually doesn’t cause any serious issues, aside from mild diarrhea.
The disease, Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is caused by a mutated variant of the Feline coronavirus.
FIP is a very serious disease. When a cat gets FIP, it is progressive and almost always fatal.
Officials report an outbreak in Cyprus, which started in January 2023. It is estimated by local animal welfare organizations that around 20-30% of the country’s cats, which equates to around 300,000 cats, have died during the outbreak.
“It is a rather violent outbreak that we are seeing among the cats in Cyprus right now. We are keeping an eye on the situation, and it is important to emphasize that the disease has not been seen to be contagious or dangerous to humans,” says Thomas Bruun Rasmussen, senior researcher , Virus & Microbiological Specialist Diagnostics, Statens Serum Institut.