FIP Advocates and Champions
How To Do FIP Injections
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FIP Injection Guide
FIP Injections Explained
The course of treatment for FIP is 84 days. Occasionally extensions are necessary. We understand injections can be difficult and we are happy to have cats switched to pills as soon as possible, but the treatment typically starts with subcutaneous injections.
Why shouldn’t we usually start with pills straight away? Oftentimes FIP can be damaging to the cats’ internal organs, including their digestive tract (this is where the disease mutates from FCoV) and the pills may not be absorbed properly. Other kitties are very critical and some cannot even swallow which makes injections an absolute necessity.
We recommend using two gauges of needles: a 20g to pull the solution from the bottle, and a 22g to use for the injection. Note that these needles must be fresh every injection, or they can cause the kitty needless pain.
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FIP Injection FAQs
Many kitty parents choose to shave their cat for the injections. One benefit is that it gives you easier access to making the skin tent and you can easily see where you are injecting. It is also easier to clean the area after injecting and be sure no GS leaked. If a sore does pop up it is easier to identify and treat.
When there is leakage try to estimate roughly how much liquid was lost. If you can do this then inject that amount again. If you do not know how much leaked then inject a half dose. It is very important that kitty gets a full dose and is better to give a little more then too little.
There are several ways to make injection time easier.
#1 Try to stay calm. Your cat will pick up on any hesitation and fear and become upset themselves. Remember you are saving your cat’s life. You can do this!
#2 Ask your vet for a prescription of gabapentin. This is a very safe medication with a wide dosing range. Dosing typically starts at 25mg – 50mg. Please confirm with your vet and treatment advisor. This will help calm your kitty before the injections and reduce pain. It is recommended to give gabapentin 1-2 hrs before each injection.
#3 Use distraction! Some kitties are very food motivated and will eat a Churu or other favorite treat while they receive their injection.
#4 Some cats need some restraint. You can try wrapping kitty in a towel or blanket. Many cats find this calming as long as you stay calm and confident. There are also restraint bags available to buy as well if needed.
Syringes and needles can be purchased on Amazon, local pharmacies and many veterinarians will sell them as well. Please refer to your treatment handbook for links.
Ideally the cat is on injections for the first 30 days of treatment. The feline coronavirus originates in the feline digestive tract and the pills may not be absorbed as effectively early into treatment. When improvement in 30 day bloodwork is seen along with kitty having no digestive issues it is then recommended to switch to pills if the owner wishes to. There are exceptions to this timeline and if you are really struggling with the injections please speak with your treatment advisor.
Consistency is extremely important to the success of this treatment. Please make sure kitty gets their injection (or pills) at the same time each day. If the treatment time needs to be adjusted try to slowly change the time by 30-60 minutes each day until you get to the new time. It is better to be early with a dose then late.