How do you know when to euthanize a cat that has FIP?

This is a decision only you can make, and it is a difficult one. I would never suggest euthanizing a cat, even with
FIP, as long as it looks and acts fairly normal. Miracles do happen, but they can’t happen unless they are provided time to
happen. However, I also cannot argue with those owners that decide to end suffering at an earlier stage, given the grave
prognosis.
I always tell owners to decide to put an animal down when it no longer takes pleasure in life. But cats can feign
health to the last moment and you often regret in retrospect not making the decision earlier. I did the same thing with one
of my cats that was dying of cancer. He actually was dead one morning, even though I still thought he had time to live and
seemed reasonably content. There is also a myth that if a cat is still purring that it is still enjoying life. But research has
shown that cats purr even when in extreme pain, it is another way that they mask illness.

http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/ccah/local-assets/pdfs/PedersenFIPinterview9-10-08.pdf

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