Angelica was a natural mink Tonkinese cat dearly beloved of Mr. Wayne Carr, from the USA. When Angelica died, Mr. Carr made a generous donation to my research into feline coronavirus and feline infectious peritonitis (FIP).

Donations for FIP research will be / were used for the following:

To buy the chemicals needed to do the experiments to discover more about natural feline coronavirus infection and FIP.

To follow naturally infected cats and, with the help of their humans, eliminate this virus from the cats. This will involve taking samples of faeces, saliva and occasionally blood.

To perform post mortems on naturally infected cats who have partaken of surveys or treatment trials and to then cremate their bodies and return the ashes to the people who loved them.

To do a properly controlled international study of different FIP treatment protocols, (this will cost several thousand pounds and I’d need to employ a veterinary PhD student to help with the work).

To assess available FCoV antibody tests so that the best can be identified for use in eradicating FCoV, and therefore FIP and to discourage the use of poor FCoV antibody tests.

To continue producing educational material to aid the eradication of FCoV, and therefore FIP.

Please note my research involves only naturally infected cats, not experimental cats or experiments on any other kind of animals.

Donations so far have enabled the purchase of a PCR machine and -80oC freezer, have funded a study on the effect of commercially available cat litters against feline coronavirus. To read more about how I use your money, download my newsletters:

Click here to download the January 2005 newsletter.

Every so often, people ask how to make a donation to FIP research. If you would like to make a donation, you may now do so using PayPal.

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When you donate, please indicate whether you would like your name to be added to the list of donors (you might like to include your web site URL). Please tell me if your donation is in loving memory of a cat who was special to you, and whether or not you’d like his or her name mentioned on the site.

To put a memorial on the internet for a cat who has died of FIP, please see the Orion Foundation web site's beautifully constructed and heart-rending memorial pages.
   

Wayne Carr Angelica

Melisa Johnston-Pratt

Pepper

Valerie Black

Wee Willie Wallace

Val MacQueen

Posie

Katja Jacob

Kalian the Fair

Lars and Andrea Klores

Piper

Renata Fernandes

Trojan

Laura Frazier

Magnum

Dorothy S. Dady

Matteo

Daniella Thompson

Minx

Laura Laff

Andy

Mr and Mrs Sutphin

Shelby

Rona Kennedy

Bruno

Dan Doty

Domino

Sue Startin

Evander

Nada and Karim Makarem

Zuki

Sue and Graeme Davison

Martouf and Khepra

Jean and Fred Kahan

Tommy Meadow (a human who loved cats and worked tirelessly to raise funds for FIP research)

Nicola Ridings

Harvey

Alexander Hoffmeister

Luzie

Rebecca Halstead

Ajax

Mimi Hokenson

Autumn Rose

Kent Jaffe and Patricia Johnson

Maharet

Belinda Stratton

Jumble

Eleanor Dinnetz

Kitty

Barbara Boys

Sasha

Jurgen Muress

Molly

Andrew Smith

Baby Aero

Rob and Sandra Parsons

Sophie

Pamela Anderson

Arwen

Bobbie and Ray Cell, Karen and Eric Michaels and Sheila Bornmeier

Sterling

Lorraine Leatham

Kooga

Mel, Linda Petersen, L.G. du Toit, Melissa Passe, Betty Schrader

Barney

Angie Cims

Gabriel

Julie Plant

Mushroom

Deb Vitkova

Imeye

Mr and Mrs Burgess

DC

Valerie Bubb

Queenie

Jose Adams

Sylvester

Donald A. Brokate

Pushky

Johanna & Jeff Greeson Georgie
Julie Woodward & David Evans Amos
Valerie Fischer Lily
Claire Hirsch Neo
Joanne Bell Bailey

Michael Beazel

Elijah Owen

Susan Swain Willie
Natasha Crumpler Daisy
Nicole Gilman Hobbes Marsden
Alice Lindsay Freddie
Gary Prendergast Elmo
Elizabeth Quevedo Fiona
Wineke van Griensven Pino

Emily Wilmot

Clifford the Big Red Cat

Martha Mackenzie Bruce
Ronna Penner Rags
Brian Grieve Kyia and Morillo
Maureen Duffy (mum) Bruce
Lisa Duffy Bruce
Maureen Duffy (daughter) Bruce
Monica Butera Bobo
Elaine Cox Smudge of Liverpool
Karen Gray Baby Blue Emi
Carly Jo Ryan Alice
Marc Spunt Dash
Mitch Ward & Carla Sollai Hugo
Dave Dyer Theo, only 5 months old
Lindsay Riddick and Dr Richard Meadows In loving memory of Gulliver
Cassidy Hobie
Leo Mestel Spike and Tiddles Jackson
Tricia Yee Pippa
Dodds Gizmo and Fred
Alisha Rayson Mitsi
Isabel Galera Sammy
Elizabeth Henrickson Spencer
Elizabeth Peters Tiger
Kate Trend Leah and Shadow
Holly Ellmaker In memory of our well loved kitten, Mary Jane
LaRayne Haakenson Shorty and Savannah
Abbey Tidball In memory of Billy Tidball, British Blue 9 months
Patrick Crompton In loving memory of Little Lilly - Loved & missed terribly by Patrick, Lisa, Billy & Tilly
Rebecca Leach Sydney
Louellyn and Wilde Duncan Xavier
Lynn Watchel Pip
Jenny Graves In loving memory of Felix
Terri Smithson Memorial to Izzy who died of FIP on 3-20-09 at 1-1/2 years. We miss you, baby boy!
Janet Erwin In memory of A O
Deborah Cain In memory of Josie and Jaxon Jo
Fiona Read In memory of Roxy Diamond
Mitch Ward In memory of Hugo 6 months and a year on
Linda Reid In memory of Chaos

Brigitte Dubois

 

Chapo, chat norvégien né le 12 mai 2007, décédé le 18 mars 2008 à l'âge de 10 mois.

Avec tous ceux qui t'ont aimé, je gardais l'espoir que tu guérisses. Toi et moi nous nous sommes battus contre cette maladie qui emporte les jeunes chats, sans pitié. Mais elle a finalement eu raison de ta vie.
Tu t'es éteint chez le vétérinaire et je garde le souvenir d'un chat affectueux et tendre, le rythme à travers l'oreiller de ton petit coeur battant, quand tu dormais à côté de moi, paisible et apaisant.
Chapo mon petit ange, tu emportes avec toi tout l'amour que l'on t'a donné.
Tu m'as épargné la terrible décision, pourtant, je regretterai toujours de n'avoir pu te serrer dans mes bras lorsque tu t'es endormi....

Diane Adams In memory of dear little Loopy Lou, 03/09/07 - 09/04/09
Susan Balvanz Gracie
Kaltoum Boudouaia
Pouet-Pouet
Sue and Claude Bertozzo Kahlua Blue
Barbara Fruschi Lennier
Peggy Dettwiler & Jurgen Thym Sullivan (our beautiful Siamese for 10 years)
Kate Trend

Leo... my beloved bengal.. a void that cannot be filled xx
Leo, roam free with Shadow and Leah on the wildside

Justine and John Digweed In memory of Bentley Digweed
Jayne Houldsworth Our iittle Princess Lily
Jill Sharpe Samuel
Deborah Reddington In memory of Bengal
Mitch Ward Still honoring Hugo's memory, December 2009
Natasha Crumpler For FIP research in memory of Daisy whom I lost to FIP in 2006
Jill Vermeulen In memory of Tio Vermeulen 11/05/05 to 01/04/10
Lisa Paciello In memory of Lucy and Rocco
Francesco Giovannoni Donation to fip research in memory of Felix
Megan Stevenson In memoriam of Winny
Zoe Croad and Colin Bass In loving memory of Titus
Tkahti In memory of Patso, the Savannah kitten
Margaret Field In memory of Pumpkin
Vicenta Rose In memory of our beloved cat Ra.
Nicola Cox In loving memory of Ollie RIP 24/02/2010 I miss you so much
Sue Dewhurst In loving memory of sweet little Mitch
Pamela Sparrow In loving memory of Dakota who died of the wet form of fip and Pierce who died of the dry form of fip both aged 9months
Len Troy In memory of Sophia
Terri Brooks Donation for Tom from Mummy and Daddy. 'John and Terri.   In memory of little Tom who was taken from us too soon, when he was only 21 months, we love an miss him and hope he is happy at Rainbow Bridge'. 
Nigel Davies In memory of Tom Brooks
Gabriella Bertoni  
Finn Frode Hansen In memory of my brave Ivanhoe, who lost this battle.
Natasha Crumpler August 2010 - still honoring Daisy's memory
Natalie Edwards In loving memory of Chief Chirpa Chipmunk Chutney
Richard and Malinda Van Dorp In memory of little Lucy
Susan Slusser Donation for FIP research in honor of Moon Brown
Richard Shaw In loving memory of Chief Chirpa Chipmunk Chutney and his little wiggle. We miss you.
Rick French In loving memory of Teddie and Pixie
Lisa Williams In memory of foster kittens: Bella, Yodi, and Sir Gwayne
Debbie Castle In loving memory of Ronnie
Joyce Caldwell For darling Mosby (July 2009 - 11 Nov 2010): forever in my heart
Su Startin Another donation in memory of Evander (Nov 2010)
Eva Wennman Vi inkluderas i listan av givare! Vi heter Djurkedjan. In memory of 3 Djurkedjan cats
Lola Wärn Mohamad
In loving memory of Gibson
Alicia & Peter Rouse In loving memory of Bella
Heather Beauregard
To Max, In Memory of Winnie
Sue Dewhurst A Christmas donation in memory of sweet little Mitch, who would have loved snow and all things sparkly
Mitch Ward In memory of Hugo, 2 years on.
Frances Bailey Woody 21st Dec 2010; Brushy 23rd Apr 2011; Tinky 19th Jul 2011; and Bella 22nd Sep 2011
Nilofar Zameni In memory of Romeo my baby
Laurie McLarty In memory of Winnie
Lauren Peone In memory of Monster who died of FIP
Elizabeth Dubreuil
Sweet Woodruff the rescued Persian, who died of FIP, but lives on in our hearts.
WoodruffPersianFIP
Scott Schieber
 
Jeremy and Gerri Kleinberg In loving memory of dear Holden
Clare Critten In loving memory of my beautiful Tiah
Sandra Fagg  
Debbie Radley Soully - In memory of my beautiful black velvet friend whom I lost to FIP in February 2011.  I will never forget you my gorgeous boy.
Mitch Ward In memory of Hugo, still missed 2.5 years on
Susan A. Cadile In memory of Jordan - saved from a shelter only to be lost to FIP
Erika Reinhart  
Son Nguyen In Loving Memory of Choco Ball
Canan and Thomas Mühlberg We have lost a little big Friend - her name was Lilly
Rob and Sandra Parsons Another donation in loving memory of Sophie
Laura Yerrick In memory of Chip, Ash, Brad, and Rafiki
Gareth John Evans In memory of my gorgeous boy, hope u can find a cure one day x
Anthony Marotta From Ping & Pong-A pair of multi-toed cats diagnosed with Corona Virus 5 years ago and doing well
Gemma Thomson  

Heather Twidle, Jennifer Loggans, Julie Bristow, Andrea Hoeschen, Katherine Brennand, Kristen Heath, Laura Herrera, Cathy Pendergast, Ayla Khan, Stefani Osborne, Laurin Buchanan, Lucy Chapman, LeeAnn Healey (inspired by a lovely cat called Darcy), Carol Roth, Kelsey McCarey, Suzanne Marchak, Suzanne Rebert, Kirsty Powell, Daniela Rudloff, Gair Booth, Amanda Cotten, Rose-Marie Aronsson, Barbara Stephenson, Joanne Leighton, Janet Evans, Joyce Carpenter, Lynne Dudurich, Kristine Elliot, Loretta Sheerin Harrison (made possible by awesom Ravelers!)

 

In August of 2011, catvirus.com was inundated with donations in memory of a cat called Darcy, much beloved by Heather Twidle.

Dacry

 

Michelle Girvan In loving memory of Olly born July 2010, died May 2011
Mrs P. Neale In loving memory of Boris Neale (died 19 July 2011) age 15 months and Wesley Neale (died 10th Aug 2011) age 18 months.
Dr Dimitrios Nikolopoulos Socksy - who didn't have FIP after all - and lived to tell the tale!
Caroline Gooch

FIPAsiankittens

Elmyra Nala (29/11/10 - 18/03/11), Elmyra Simba (29/11/10 - 24/04/11) & Elmyra Mowgli (29/11/10 - 10/12/11)

 
Sue Startin    
Joanne Brown and Gary Dobbs In loving memory of baby Coco  
Tatiana Malkova    
Kayla Ryan    
Andrew Kunde In loving memory of Shadow, 6 months old and dearliy missed. You will never be forgotten.  
Cora's family In loving memory of Cora. December 2011  
Susan Slusser    
Finn Frode Hansen Memorial to Ivanhoe, who lost this battle a year ago.  
Sally Taylor In memory of Honey Morris (Sarah & James Morris)  
Susan Lumley In memory of Honey  
Nicole Sanford    
Eleanor Gough For my friends Sarah & James in memory of their cat Honey  
Helen Beale    
Katherine Brennand For Tiberius  
Jennifer Loggens In honor of Tiberius  
Claire Dixon In loving memory of Honey-puss  
Elizabeth Yoder In memory of Nutmeg and Topper  
Sue Dewhurst (Dec 2010, Jan 2012 and Dec 2012)

For our sweet Mitch, with love.

In memory of Mitch, Christmas 2011.

Dec 12: Christmas donation for our sweet Mitch.

 
Jean Sebastien Schuller and Agnes Montgomery In loving memory of Sparrow  
Roberto Bona    
Agnes Montgomery    
Amandine Buisson    
Mitch Ward In memory of Hugo, Christmas 2011  
Laura Lichtenberger For Edgar  
Pilar Anton Castellanos    
Thi Nguyen For two much loved cats  
Katherine Brennand For Heather's Salem  
Lamberto Cesari    

Ivone Lesan

Marc Molina

To see photos of Lia go to http://lia-aei.tumblr.com/ - but I warn you - they're heartbreaking!  

Richard Hart

Richard wrote: "To Help with the great research."

 
Karin Niehoff In loving memory of Silvo  
Samantha Landis    
Irene Gerritsen    
Michal Ginter In memory of Ctirad. We lost him to FIP on June 13, 2012.

 
Linda Shergold In loving memory of Dylan  
     
Dana and Laurentiu Paulet In loving memory of Alex, our baby angel, with such little paws and cute, soft nose, who made us love him so much and left too soon, much too soon...We will always miss you!  
Zineera Seth In loving memory of Lucy, 6 months
 
Ingrid Chirino Barcelo Misha Pelusi  
Julie Paisley Donation in loving memory for Leo beloved companion of Zinoosh Farbod  
Susan Walkowiak In memory of Baby who died of FIP
 
Susan Gingrich    
Karineric Simberlie Grande Melanie  
Cassandra Hallberg Donation to FIP resarch in honor of Tomten
 
Ruairi Patterson    
Star In loving memory of Sasha  
Noé et Benjamin Schwarz

Lili

 
Sue and Eric In memory of Stan  
Arseny Krasikov    
Yvonne Cunningham In loving memory of Bella  
Julia Miles
In memory of beautiful Raf  
Ilenia Zilli
   
Judith Crompton In memory of Meggie and Emily
 
Andrea Hoeschen In loving memor of Magnus  
Heather Twidle In fond memory of Magnus, much loved by Leslie, who was so kind when I lost Darcy.
 
Jennifer Loggans For Magnus  
Megan Hockwalt
   
Anouk Ramseier    
Michelle Girvan    
Marta Alice Ollivier For my beloved cat Puff
 
Cassandra Hallberg Still thinking of Tomten  
Takeda Kaori Donation Kaori for kitten KAMUI
 
Angela Stoel    
Samuele Barbieri

 

Tali

 
David Carr FIP Donation on behalf of Jason Fairless
 
Serena Holly and Thomas Norman    
Rob & Sandra Parsons In loving memory of Sophie. In our lives all too briefly but always in our hearts. We miss you.
 
SueAnn Berry donated twice In loving memory of Hurley  
Nancy Welty In memory of Hurley  
Mary Berry In loving memory of SueAnn Berry's cat named Hurley
 
Jennifer Simper In memory of Siena
 
Sue Dewhurst, Feb 2014 In loving memory of sweet Mitch  
Laura Moss For Oscar  
Kristina Morongova    
Joseph Licata    
Qinwen Fan No FIP - just helping out  
Sheena McDermott In memory of Poppins
 
Adrian Luca Donation in memory of our beloved Boris. We will always remember you
 
Caroline MacDivitt FIP research donation in memory of Keva Macdivitt
 
Stilla Messer    
Claire Campbell    
Filiz CoÅŸku Saral    
Kate Bevan    
Suzanne Jones For Phoebe and Storm
 
John Miller In loving memory of Sparky "Little" - John Miller & Ivonne Cintron http://imgur.com/GE4sgvF
 
Lena Gubarev For Sean, in hope he will be the next cured one
 
Laura Stolfi    
Rebecca Straughan From Becky with kind help and donations from Kat, Jenni and Swanbridge Vets. In loving memory of Theodore and Barnaby xxx
 
Chantelle Cooksey    
Dawn Virginia Davies  
Laura Border    
Notts & Derbys Cat Club, Mary Uzupa
   
Maria Bonino A year on, missing Luca every day  
Dorothy Adair Picasso 4/5/12 - 14/9/14  
   

 

Research Funding

Funding for FCoV/FIP research is very difficult to find and I am immensely grateful to those generous individuals who have given what they can for research.

The sort of projects I would like to undertake are:

  • to find a definitive FIP diagnostic test
  • to examine the immune response closely to determine the best intervention for vaccination
  • to find a therapy to help cats stop shedding FCoV
  • to conduct clinical trials of possible cures for FIP
  • to conduct clinical trials for a possible preventative of FIP in healthy infected cats

I refuse to experiment on cats, so all my FIP research has been done on naturally infected cats.  

 

What have I done with your donations and grants?

Cat litter to reduce FCoV infection: funding from this website enabled a comparison of cat litters for anti-coronavirus activity, I found that commercially available cat litters had widely differing abilities to neutralise coronavirus in the laboratory - but would they make any difference in the field? Choosing a litter which had coronavirus activity and subjectively was assessed to track less than most litters, a preliminary study has recently been completed and a study in a cat shelter is about to begin to assess whether the litter can affect virus transmission in a real life situation.

Carrier cats: people whose cats were identified as healthy lifelong carriers kindly allowed me to post-mortem the cats when they died. I have been looking in the tissues of these cats to locate the virus, this work is ongoing. I am grateful to Fermin Simons of the University of Utrecht for his help and advice in this. I am about to identify healthy shedder cats in a breeding household and begin attempting to help them eliminate the virus.

FCoV resistant cats: the Orion Foundation funded preliminary work looking at the genes which govern immunity in the cat, this pilot study was published in the April edition of JFMS 2004. On this occasion, no marker was found, though interesting differences in the numbers of these genes was found in different cat breeds.

Equipment - donations from the Angelica Trust have supplied a freezer and microscope, amongst other items, specifically for FIP research.

Research papers published so far which acknowledge funding from Angelica Trust Fund:

1. Addie DD, McDonald M, Audhuy S, Burr P, Hollins J, Kovacic R, Lutz H, Luxton Z, Mazar S, Meli M.  2012 Quarantine protects Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Cats from Feline Coronavirus Infection.  JFMS  14 2  171-176

2. Meli ML, Burr P, Decaro N, Graham E, Jarrett O, Lutz H, McDonald M, Addie DD. 2013 Samples with high virus load cause trend towards lower signal in feline coronavirus antibody tests. 15 4 295 – 299

3. Addie DD, le Poder S,  Burr P, Decaro N, Graham E, Hofmann-Lehmann R, Jarrett O, McDonald M, Meli ML. 2014  The utility of feline coronavirus antibody tests  JFMS published online - awaiting publication in print

 

A big thank you to those who have contributed to FIP research!

I would like to dedicate this website with gratitude to the many people and cats who volunteered to be part of my research surveys.  I thank the many grant awarding bodies (see below) and individuals for funding my research in the past and Su Startin and Loretta Bartolucci who, having already enabled the purchase of a splendid microscope, are currently raising much-needed funds for another freezer! Big thanks for recent superb donation to everybody on the Cat-lendar team: Ilaria Isaia for having the ingenious idea; Lorena Migliaccio who did the graphics; Cristina Cattania for taking care of the orders and to Barbara Fruschi who promoted the sales. And another huge thank you goes to Bengals Illustrated for a whopping donation summer 2009.

Thank you to the Devon Rex Breed Club of America for a big donation in April 2006 and the Siamese and Oriental Online Club for raising money in June 2006! Thank you Susanne, for your fundraising website, FIP Support, and the fantastic donations you made in 2005 and 2006!

I am grateful to the Wellcome Trust, Cats Protection, the Robert Daubney Fund of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the Clinical Studies Trust Fund, the Feline Virus Unit for funding my PhD and previous studies of naturally-occurring feline coronavirus infection and FIP. I thank the Morris Animal Foundation for funding a project to attempt to identify unique markers of coronavirus infected cells. I am especially grateful to Pfizer for a generous donation of $25,000 which enabled me to take on an assistant part-time for one year (2004). I am grateful to the Winn Foundation for a grant which allowed 5 months of research into carrier cats in 2003. I am also extremely grateful to the Orion Foundation for moral support (thank you Mel Amundson and Pat Klein), and for a huge donation of almost $13,000 in 2003! Thank you Orion! Many thanks also to individuals and the Scottish, Northern Counties and Yorkshire Cat Clubs who made donations in 2005 and 2003. Thank you to all donors for your generosity. Thank you to Lorraine Twyman and the Norsk Skogkattring for setting up an internet auction (see the lovely certificate they sent). Thank you Dorothy, for your wonderful contribution of getting people to sponsor you during Lent. And last but not least - thank you to the anonymous donors - you know who you are - who have been so very generous.

 

Diane D. Addie

  

 

4 November 2014

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