Feline Celebrity 'Lil Bub' Dies at Age 8

Mike Bridavsky let the world know that his sweet at, Lil Bub, passed away in her sleep Sunday at the age of 8. 

The famous special needs kitty was rescued by Bridavsky in 2011 after being found with her siblings and mom in a tool shed in Indiana. 

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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 the runt of the litter and was thwarted with a multitude of genetic anomalies. She was a perma-kitten, which she meant she stayed kitten sized her entire life, and she had an “extreme case of dwarfism,” which meant her limbs were disproportionately small relative to the rest of her body, so she had some trouble moving around. Additionally,  Bub’s lower jaw was shorter than her upper jaw, and she never grew a full set of teeth. These factors caused her tongue to hang out of her mouth but did not inhibit her appetite.

But these special characteristics are what made Lil Bub so endearing. She accumulated over 2.3 million Instagram followers and almost 3 million Facebook fans in her 8 years. 

At the time of her passing, Bub was struggling with an "aggressive bone infection."  Regardless, her owners were not expecting her to pass so soon and suddenly. 

"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,” reads the Instagram post, which also includes the first and last photo Bridavsky took with his famous feline.

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