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Just saw this thread, I had the same thing happen to me this week. Our cat (4 years old - we got him just after he was born) had been very quiet the last couple of weeks, he was sleeping a lot more than usual, he didn't want to eat sometimes and was losing weight, and overall didn't like to be touched so much anymore (while he always used to be a cat which needed a lot of affection). On sunday, we noticed he had an infection in his mouth so we decided to call a vet on monday. He took'em with him to investigate and pretty soon after that he called us: our cat was infected with FIV virus (better known as cat-Aids). Of course, that was a big shock to hear..
Basically, it does the same thing as aids does to people, it breaks down your system and leaves you vulnerable to all sorts of diseases and infections. Some cats can live with it (under extreme conditions: never go outside anymore, taking expensive medication, etc), and some are 'lucky' enough to possess the virus but never having it become active. Ours was too far along to have him live a proper life, so the best thing to do was euthanise the poor little thing..
Gotta say, it's a pretty weird feeling, not having him around anymore. I think it's amazing how much you get 'connected' with a pet after a few years, something that is very hard to explain to someone who never has/had a pet himself. I dealt with it pretty well (because I realized it was the better thing to do and not extend his life just to suffer) but especially my sister took it really hard..
Scotty doesn't know.