Some of you may know I do volunteer work with FeLV and FIV cats... I've known several that have passed away, I cared about them all, but felt it wasn't really my place to crowd the forum with their deaths. However, Panther was special. He was my favourite cat there, and I'm sure the favourite of many other people over the years as well.
He died on Sunday (January 20th, 2013). He'd just finished eating some chicken and was with two people who knew him well when he suddenly collapsed. That's not the worst way to go.
He wasn't my cat, but he was everyone's cat. He was friendly with every cat, even meaner ones got along with Panther because he was so passive. He always had a snuggle buddy with him. He would follow you around waiting for you to sit so he could warm your lap and was the type of cat that always brightened your day.
He was sort of a mascot for the cats of FIV and FeLV as he had been at the cat sanctuary for over 10 years. He was 15 or 16 years old which shows that neither diagnosis, or even a double whammy like he had, is a lost cause. He lived a long, good life there with love from many different people and kitties.
RIP, Panther. You'll be deeply missed.