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Internet-famous cat Lil Bub passes away at 8 years old

December 04th, 2019

A cat named Lil Bub, who amassed millions of followers on the Internet, died in her sleep last Sunday, Dec. 1. She was 8 years old.

Her owner, Mike Bridavsky, took to Instagram yesterday, Dec. 3, to share photos in memory of his feline friend. He posted his first picture with Lil Bub next to their last one.

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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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“BUB was cheerful and full of love laying in our bed with us Saturday night,” he explained, “but unexpectedly passed away peacefully in her sleep.”

Despite being transparent about Lil Bub’s battle with osteopetrosis, a rare bone infection, Bridavsky admitted that he and his family did not expect her to “pass so soon or so abruptly without warning.”

Like many pet owners, Lil Bub was a big part of Bridavsky’s life. He cited the cat as the reason behind his marriage and his children.

“To say that our family is devastated would be an understatement,” he stressed.

Bridavsky welcomed Lil Bub into his life when he found her in a tool shed in Indiana, United States at only a few weeks old in July 2011, her website states.

Lil Bub’s unique appearance stems from a number of her medical conditions. She had feline dwarfism which made her stay kitten-sized her whole life. She also had an underdeveloped jaw and no teeth which led to her tongue almost always sticking out.

Bridavsky later started a blog dedicated to the cat in November of the same year.

However, Lil Bub only started gaining widespread attention online after her photo appeared on the front page of the website Reddit in 2012.

Her large following on social media later led her to become a published author and actor, her website states. She appeared on a special episode of Animal Planet in 2014, and became the subject of a documentary that premiered in the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013.

Along with her success in the world of media, Lil Bub was also a philanthropist who made waves in animal welfare. Bridavsky said she was the subject of much groundbreaking research and helped raise over $700,000 (P35.7 million) for animals in need.

Lil Bub and Bridavsky started the first national fund for special needs pets in the U.S.  — Lil BUB’s BIG Fund for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Lil Bub’s death comes months after the death of Grumpy Cat, another Internet feline star, in May. NVG

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