Pwcca is only 9 months old...and he's been diagnosed with FIP.
This is a disease kittens contract when exposed to it at 4-5 weeks of age; it lies dormant and then some sort of stress brings it on...and he fell off the loft last week and injured his back -- that was the trigger. Nine months is the optimum age for FIP; if I understand correctly, once past the first birthday the chances of developing it go way down...
He could die tonite, or he could live for a couple more months, but I am going to lose him.
Pwcca's my little luvbug, and I'll miss him so!! He used to sit on my shoulder while I was sculpting, and put his little paws around my neck and kiss me on the nose. He's such a sweetie the vet even cried when she told me.
Addendum: My Pwcca died three days after this post, and my poor heart is broken...but at least I had his funny little pawsonality in my life for a little while...=-)