Instagram’s favourite cat with 2.4 million followers on Instagram and 3 million followers on Facebook, has died and the Internet is mourning. The cat who was named “Lil Bub” has the most incredible and inspirational story of all the cats, and her loss is making all of us sad.
Bub was rescued as a feral kitten in 2011, and she had multiple body disorders which she battled throughout her life. She even appeared on TV programs, documentaries, YouTube shows, and had her own merchandize line. She raised almost $700,000 for animal charity.
Lil Bub was born with so many body disorders
Lil Bub’s cat parent Mike Bridavsky found her as a tiny feral kitten who was suffering from dwarfism, she had bulbous eyes and a lolling tongue. Her dwarfism meant that she looked like an adorable kitten all her life.
Lil bub was also polydactyl, which means she had an extra toe on each paw. Her jaw was underdeveloped so she had no teeth, and that’s why her tongue was always hanging out.
Her death was announced by her cat parent in an emotional Instagram post
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This is my first photo with BUB next our last photo together. On the morning of Sunday, December 1st 2019 we lost the purest, kindest and most magical living force on our planet. BUB was cheerful and full of love laying in our bed with us Saturday night, but unexpectedly passed away peacefully in her sleep.. I have always been fully transparent about BUB's health, and it was no secret that she was battling a persistent and aggressive bone infection. Even knowing this, we weren't expecting her to pass so soon or so abruptly without warning. I truly believe that she willingly made the decision to leave her failing body so that our family would not have to make that difficult decision ourselves. It is impossible to put into words the profound effect that BUB has had on my life, on the lives of thousands of homeless pets, and on the lives of those of you that have cared for her as if she were your own family. She taught me everything that I know about unconditional love, she brought my wife Stacy and I together, she's the reason we have our beautiful children Rosco and Lula, and she has been a constant source of warmth and love in our lives for the past 8 years. To say that our family is devastated would be an understatement. But most importantly, BUB has made a huge difference in the world of animal welfare, and in the lives of millions of people worldwide. She has literally saved thousands of lives (both pets and humans), she started the first national fund for special needs pets, she was the subject of groundbreaking genetic and biological research, she's helped raise over $700,000 for animals in need, and has spread a message of determination, positivity, and perseverance to people all over the world. And even though my heart is absolutely crushed by her graceful departure from planet Earth, I know that her sprit, magic, and overwhelming energy are still with us, reminding us every day to be better. Dearest BUB, I will never forget your generosity, your limitless supply of love, or your uncanny ability to bring so much magic and joy to the world. I am forever honored and humbled that you chose me as your caretaker. Please visit all of us in our dreams o
Mike Bridavsky, announced her death to millions of followers on Monday, as the comments of fans started pouring in.
He described Bub has “one of the nature’s happiest accidents,” and as the “most magical living force in the world.”
She lived a happy, healthy life despite her various health issues.
Lil Bub was a superstar on Internet, TV, and everywhere else
When Mike rescued Bub from a cat shelter in Indiana, he started a Tumblr blog for her. Her photos ended up on Reddit’s home page and after that she went viral.
She starred in many American TV shows, got advertisement and endorsement deals, did merchandize, and had her own inspiring documentary.
She earned about $700,000 which was used for animal charity for other cats with special needs.
Recently she was suffering from a bone infection
Recently, she was diagnosed with a bone infection, and Mike was constantly sharing updates about it. In her eulogy he said, he had never expected that Bub would leave us so suddenly and abruptly as she died in her sleep on Sunday morning.
He said that Lil Bub’s life was about “spreading a message of determination, positivity, and perseverance to people all over the world.”
Tens of thousands of people have shared and commented.
Featured Image Courtesy: Mike Bridavsky