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Meet Lil’ Bub, the Newest Internet Star

Meet Lil’ Bub, the Newest Internet Star

Lil’ Bub is an adorable little ‘dwarf cat’, because she is so adorable!  Did I mention she is adorable?

Prepare to fall in love, because she may capture your heart too, especially with all her adorable pictures everywhere.

No one bred her for her characteristics, but through genetic mutations uncontrolled by humans and a "homeless mommy", Lil’ Bub was born on June 21, 2011 with stubby legs, a forever toothless "grin", eyes that pop with stardom, and due to her dwarfism, she will look like a kitten all her life.  Did I mention this ‘perma-kitten’ is also a polydactyl, meaning she possess two extra digits on her feet?

BUB has many unique characteristics that make her a very special one of a kind critter. Please understand that she was NOT bred to be this way. BUB was the runt of an otherwise healthy litter from a stray outdoor mother, and was born with several genetic mutations that make her special. She is just one of nature's happy accidents. Her foster family had a hard time finding her a home, but she now lives happily with a dude that feeds her only the best food and treats her like a queen.

According to the U.K. Daily Mail, Lil’ Bub’s condition caused her limbs to be disproportionately small compared to the rest of her long, serpent-like body and she struggles to walk.

‘Despite her weird looks and numerous ‘deformities’, BUB is a healthy, happy cat,' Bub's owner posted to the cat’s Facebook page. 'She may not be able to jump on and off stuff, but she manages by climbing using her 22 claws. She also can't quite run or walk very well… but she is a fantastic waddler.

‘Even though she has no teeth, she has a fierce appetite, and can take down half of a bowl of dry food without any problems (the other half winds up scattered on the floor).

‘Just like other cats, she poops and pees in the litter box, likes to chase bugs and is always cleaning her luxurious coat and sometimes even her dude's beard.’

This very real little gal has over 8,000 fans (make that 8001 now) on Facebook, at least 382 followers, and counting, on Twitter, and 280,000 plus hits on YouTube, as well as her own special fan store, website, and a Google email account to contact her.  Her favourite food, although she can eat dry food as well as any other cat, is yogart.

Despite having no teeth, she manages to eat dry food just like any other cat, but because her lower jaw is smaller than she upper jaw is, her tongue hangs out constantly.  Her human says that while she has a ferocious appetite, half of it ends up in her and the other half, as with any cute precious baby, ends up on the floor.

She has very short, stubby legs and a weird, long, serpent-like body. Her lower jaw is very short compared to her upper jaw, and her teeth never grew in (yes, that's right, she's toothless!), which is why her tongue is usually hanging out.

Jezebel gave Lil’ Bub the cute little description of Mogwai-looking cat and said  “Her owner claims she doesn't meow, but she does "squonks, squeaks, gurgles, snorts, hiccups, purrs and sometimes even growls.”

Miraculously, this all adds up to one of the weirdly cutest, Mogwai-looking motherfucking cats you will ever see. Frankly, this is proof that America/the Internet loves us today. If you disagree, we can never be friends.

I wholeheartedly agree with you, Jezebel, Lil’ Bub is adorable!  I said that already.

In one of Lil’ Bub’s videos, she purrs, like any other happy little kitty, as she play wrestles with her human’s hand.  Her human says, despite her deformities, she is a healthy cat and calls her ‘a happy accident’, which she is.  She cleans herself just as any other cat does and sometimes she even cleans her human’s beard.

It is wonderful how nature has a way of making a “person” different with a few genetic mutations, yet so adorable at the same time. Lil’ Bub is lucky that her mutations allow her function and survive in this world with little difficulty. Some end up with mutations so bad that they cannot survive or function long enough to see their first year of life or if they do, they need an abundance of help from humans to survive longer than a year.

About Mriana

Mriana is a humanist and the author of "A Source of Misery", who grew up in the Church of God, Anderson Indiana. After she became an adult, she joined the Episcopal Church, but later left the Church and became a humanist. She has two grown sons and raises cats. Mriana raised her sons in the Episcopal Church, but in their teen years, they left the Church and she soon followed. One of her sons became a "Tao Buddhist" and the other a None, creating his own world view. She enjoys writing, reading, science, philosophy, psychology, and other subjects. Mriana is also an animal lover, who cares for their welfare as living beings, who are part of the earth. She is a huge Star Trek fan in a little body.
  • http://profiles.google.com/dffinley David Finley

    I love cats anyway, but this cat is something truly special. I don't know how you could ever get mad at her when she looks like that.

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