LTCI – what is it?

LTCI stands for Lymphocyte T-Cell Immunomodulator.     It is a brand-new drug that was just approved for use in the United States in February 2009.     Imulan conducted a series of studies in 2009 that demonstrated the efficacy of this drug in alleviating some of the symptoms of cats with feline leukemia and feline AIDS, even helping some of these cats to test negative for both diseases with time.      Imulan also conducted a study using LTCI with FIP-infected cats that was never published.     Six of our cats here at Healing Hearts participated in that study.     Fifteen of our cats were diagnosed with FIP by our vet and treated with LTCI.      Length of treatment varied from as few as six to as many as twenty-one shots, but in EVERY case, the Corona virus level in each cat eventually dropped until they tested negative.     One year later now, in 2010, ALL fifteen cats remain as active and healthy as before they ever got sick.     All remain Corona negative.     Our cats all had the “dry” form of FIP and ranged in age from 10 months to 6 years when they started treatment.     While we have had spectacular success with LTCI, I will caution you not to call it a “cure” for FIP because it does not have these kinds of results for every cat or in every situation.     It is not usually as effective with wet FIP and is sometimes less effective in younger kittens.    But almost all cats who are treated with LTCI do experience a significant improvement in their symptoms, at least for a time.     It has many good points: no side effects, easy administration (just like a rabies shot), and it is very gentle on the body.     The only really bad point is the price.      Sometimes you can purchase it direct from the company for as little as $30 a shot, if you purchase a package of 6 or 12 shots.     At a private vet, you could be charged as much as $110 a shot or more.


About healingheartscats

I am the director of Healing Hearts Animal Rescue. In 2009 we had 15 cats with FIP who were treated with LTCI. All survived and are thriving now, a year later. If you need more information on FIP or LTCI, please do not hesitate to email me or leave a comment.
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