I've had a lot of experience with cats that have FIP. From 2018 to 2019, I was working in Greece and Cyprus. During that time, I noticed there were more and more cats testing positive for FIP. While I don't know for sure if a new strain has developed, the increasing numbers of positive cats are definitely concerning.
Here are my tips. Perhaps you will find them useful:
- Feeding stations: If you're feeding stray or feral cats, try to establish feeding stations away from your home where they won't have direct contact with your indoor cats.
- Wash hands and change clothes: After interacting with outdoor cats, wash your hands thoroughly and consider changing your clothes before interacting with your indoor cats.
- Consult a veterinarian: If you're concerned about the health of outdoor cats, consider consulting a veterinarian for advice on how to manage their health and reduce the risk of disease transmission.
When I lived in Girne, the northern part of Cyprus, there were a lot of calico cats, which are tricolor cats, that had FIP. It seemed like it might have been a colony of them. I contacted the local animal shelter and two vets about it, but even now, they still haven't done anything to help the cats.