May I ask how old you are?
I am one year old today!
Where did your beautiful name come from?
My mom said it means King of the World…and I am king of my world!
How did you find your forever home?
My mommy wanted a rag doll kitten so she looked for breeders in Tampa, Florida.
Can you tell me a bit about FIP and how you were diagnosed?
FIP is a terrible virus that some of us get sick from. You can read more about it on catvirus.com.
Are you on any medications?
I was diagnosed 2 months ago because I was not acting right, not eating as much and seemed uninterested in play. My mom took me to the doctor and they found out that I am very anemic, and my protein levels were very high. They took X-rays and round that I had enlarged kidneys, lymph nodes and heart. I then had a sonogram done by a specialist and they found that my spleen was enlarged as well and my retinas were slightly detached also. They gave me weeks to maybe a few months to live.
Does your mom have to take any precautions if she touches you?
I am on prednisolone which is a steroid and Buprenex, which is a painkiller. Mom tried PI but it did no good and will not use it anymore. No, I am not contagious….anyone can play with me. I actually caught the virus from another cat at the breeder and my immune system could not fight it so I got really sick, where other kitties do not.
You have such a beautiful coat, are you part Siamese?
I think I am part Siamese and Burmese….I am ragdoll.
What is your favorite thing to do?
My favorite thing to do is play and be with my Mom. I follow her all over.
Is there anything your mom would like to say about FIP?
My mom hates FIP and never heard of it until I got sick. She had 3 kitties before me who were healthy. She thinks people and vets should learn more about it.
Author’s Note: Many thanks to Kona’s mom for answering the questions and letting me borrow a picture for use. Please visit Kona on his Facebook page – Kona’s Story – Fighting FIP
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