She served as an inspiration to many of us who couldn’t get through the day, and her name is Lil Bub, one of the most precious viral cats to ever live. Recently, the internet mourned her passing at age 8, as we all collectively said “Good job, Bub.”
In a lengthy Instagram post by the cat’s owner, Mike Bridavsky, he thanked Bub for bringing joy and love into his home. He also talked about how Bub has always been fighting against an aggressive bone infection ever since she was a kitten.
“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.”
|Photo Credit via iamlilbub on Instagram|
Bridavsky also talked about how thankful he is for the attention and love that people have given Bub from the start, and how people treated her like she “were your own family,” Bridavsky said.
She started off as a stray cat in Indiana. According to CBS News, Bub was born into a litter of feral cats in rural Indiana, in a toolshed. Even then, she was not so fortunate.
Her website states that she was born with “a multitude of genetic anomalies,” and that because of her severe case of dwarfism, she was technically a “perma-kitten,” or a cat that “retained her kitten-like features” in addition to remaining “kitten-sized.”
Her legs were disproportionate to her body, her lower jaw much shorter than her upper jaw, and her teeth practically nonexistent, explaining the hanging tongue. Bridavsky first posted her on Tumblr and from there garnered more and more followers until she moved to Instagram, where, upon her death, her 2.4 million Instagram followers mourned her loss.
Bridavsky is thankful for all the love that people have given her in her passing, but what Bridavsky is most thankful for is Bub’s influence on the advocacy for animal welfare.
|Photo Credit via @IAMLILBUB on Twitter|
“Bub has made a huge difference in the world of animal welfare, and in the lives of millions of people worldwide… 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.”