Lil Bub dies after bringing us 8 years of joy

After eight years of warming the internet’s cold dead heart, veteran cat-about-the-web Lil Bub has passed away. Fighting off a serious bone infection, Bub’s death was unexpected but, thankfully, it was also peaceful as she reportedly went to sleep on the bed beside her humans and simply never woke up. She died on Dec. 1, and her death was announced on the cat’s social media accounts on Monday.

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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

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Born the runt of an otherwise healthy feral litter, Lil Bub was a cat with a difference right from the start. Suffering from two rare genetic disorders, Bub stopped growing at seven months, leaving her permanently kitten-sized. Her lower jaw was deformed and entirely toothless, meaning she needed to be bottle-fed and couldn’t keep her tongue inside her mouth. She also suffered from severe osteoporosis that at one point left her unable to walk, and which vets said would be permanent—though Bub proved them wrong and was able to walk again with therapy and a lot of help.

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A Lil BABY BUB Vid 4 U #lillilbub #lilbub #babybub

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With all of her health needs, Bub’s chances at adoption didn’t seem good, but her owner Mike Bridavsky thought she was “the most adorable thing” he’d ever seen and attached to her the very moment they met. Going through a very bad time personally and financially himself, Bridavsky credited Bub with saving him, and spent the next eight years of her life utterly devoted to her, often working eighty-hour weeks maintaining all of her fan pages so everyone would see her “the way she deserved to be seen”.

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BUB's favorite nose.

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Together, Bub and Bridavsky have raised over $700,000 for rescue animals, as well as touring together so she could meet her many fans, star in a movie, and publishing a book. Bringing daily joy to netizens around the world, Bub achieved more in her short life than many humans and made the world a brighter place for it. Rest in peace Lil Bub, you were a good kitty.

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Siobhan Ball

Siobhan Ball

Siobhan Ball is a historian, archivist, and journalist. She also writes for Autostraddle and bi.org