FASTest FCoV Strip - Feline Coronavirus
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FASTest FCoV Strip - Feline Coronavirus

FCoV Strip

Test applicable to: Cat

Sample: Faeces

FASTest FCoV Strip is a rapid immunochromatographic lateral flow test for the detection of Feline Coronavirus antigen and is only for use in cats.

Feline Infectious Peritonitis and Feline Coronavirus

Feline Coronavirus is a worldwide virus and can affect domesticated and wild cats occasionally causing a chronic and progressive, often fatal disease, called Feline Infectious Peritonitis. Feline Infectious Peritonitis occurs sporadically in cats infected with  Feline Coronavirus (FCoV) which has mutated into a FCoV variant (FIPV). Based on the latest scientific knowledge, a Feline Infectious Peritonitis infection is not transmitted from one cat to another.

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Cats in a multiple cat household

Like Feline Coronavirus antibody prevalence, Feline Coronavirus antigen shedding rates also vary considerably depending on the method of housing. Cats in a multiple cat household with 3 or more cats and use of a common cat litter box show highest prevalence. In such conditions as these Feline Coronavirus can be infectious up to 7 weeks. The main source of infection is Feline Coronavirus infected faeces.

Contracting Feline Coronavirus

Feline Coronavirus can be contracted through a number of ways especially if the cat is susceptible to the virus but can also be brought on by the following:

  • Stress
  • Overcrowding
  • Parasites
  • Sanitation Issues

Why is it important to test for Feline Coronavirus?

The clinical signs of the Feline Infectious Peritonitis infection may vary due to pathogenic form and organs affected. The transition between the various forms are fluent, therefore Feline Infection Peritonitis could show either effusive (wet) FIP or no-effusive (dry) FIP. All cats showing diffused clinical symptoms for example antibiotic resistant, recurring fever, unclear different organ lesions, chronic weight loss; and pleural and/peritoneal effusions should be considered as suspicious for Feline Infection Peritonitis.

Studies prove that the correlation between the level of antibody titre and virus shredding rate is important. Although cats suffering from manifest Feline Infection Peritonitis could shed less Feline Coronavirus, asymptomatic cats can shed Feline Coronavirus over months via faeces while other cats of the same household only shed occasionally or over weeks with no virus. Chronic shedders could shed a million times more Feline Coronavirus as accidental shedders, therefore the risk of infection and associated individual viruses can lead to higher Feline Coronavirus mutation rates and a higher likelihood of developing the Feline Infection Peritonitis infection.

Feline Coronavirus infection of a breeding population can be avoided with reasonable effort; therefore management of the breeding population should concentrate on reducing the amount of virus load and antibody status in order to reduce the infection risk as much as possible.

Ideally monitoring the Feline Coronavirus shedding (5 consecutive test as weekly intervals) using our FASTest FCoV strip to help detect easily on-site asymptomatic chronic shedders and to immediately start separation and prophylaxis measurements.

What are the symptoms of Feline Coronavirus?

The symptoms associated with Feline Coronavirus are mild but they can include a runny nose, watery eyes or diarrhoea. The majority of cats exposed to Feline Coronavirus, however will not contract Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP).

If a cat was to contract Feline Coronavirus and it develops into Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), what are the symptoms?

Feline Infectious Peritonitis can display the following symptoms:

  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of energy
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Nasal discharge
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhoea
  • Lethargy
  • Depression
  • Loss of hair/coat
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Fever
  • Ulcers of the eye
  • Jaundice of the eye
  • Anaemia
  • Severe conjunctivitis
  • Bloated appearance
  • Neurological complications
  • Difficulty breathing

The above symptoms will be present only after the condition has progressed

Advantages of FASTest FCoV Strip

  • Store at Room Temperature – tests are instantly available for use
  • Long Shelf Life – typically 18 months
  • Simple test procedure
  • Results in 5 – 10 minutes
  • Reliable clinical diagnostics
  • Competitively prices
Cat NoDescriptionPrice
670FASTest FCoV Strip x 10 Test (Special Order)£79.80 (ex VAT)