Lil Bub – The Celebrity Kitten with a Positive Message
This is Lil Bub. Found in a tool shed in rural Indiana, Lil Bub was born with a series of genetic anomalies. However this little kitten is healthy and didn’t have to claw her way to fame and stardom as one the cutest kittens on the Internet. And this is no dumb beauty – Lil Bub has a positive message for the world.
Lil Bub has dwarfism. Her limbs are smaller than the rest of her body which prevents her from jumping. She is also completely toothless which causes her tongue to stick out. She also has a genetic anomaly called polydactylism which causes her to have extra toes on all of her paws.
What started as a few photos on the Internet turned into celebrity cat status – Lil Bub has over 200,000 Instagram and Facebook followers, millions of Youtube viewers, her own web TV show with guest celebrities, a book: Lil Bub’s Lil Book, and an award-winning documentary: Lil Bub and Friendz.
More importantly, Lil Bub spreads the message that being different is beautiful. Some of her fans have said that her message has helped them get through difficult times. Sometimes it takes an Internet cat to remind us of what is important in life.
I’m excited to be participating in the Lil’ Bub show at Spoke Art in San Francisco, which opens this Saturday at 5pm alongside Casey Weldon’s Meow Brow solo show. It’s going to rule, so if you’re close by, please check it out. I wish I could!
“Lil BUB’s Lil BOOK” comes out on GOOD JOB BUB Day this Tuesday. You can still pre-order now and there are still several hundred limited edition, signed bookplates and bookmarks available. The only way to get those is by pre-ordering.
As with all BUB stuff, a generous portion of the proceeds go to helping other animals in need.
Just send your proof of purchase (from any retailer, from any time) and shipping address to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your free gifts. You will receive a confirmation email eventually, but please be patient, BUB is crazy busy.
A. Because we’ve been brainwashed by our secret feline overlords (duh).
In all seriousness, though, we’ve decided to pursue the answers to some of life’s important questions, like: Why are cat videos so popular? Why are we willing to waste** hours of our lives watching them? And why is Grumpy Cat so grumpy?
Thankfully, some of our favorite writers (Carl Wilson, Elena Passarello, Alexis Madigral, Jillian Steinhauer, Stephen Burt, Matthea Harvey, Kevin Nguyen, and more) have agreed to answer these questions and more in a book called Cat is Art Spelled Wrong, which we’re funding right now through our Catstarter.
A $20 pre-order gets you a copy of the book (with your name inside, disguised in a cat). There are also posters, a kitty totebag, and the opportunity to host the entire Internet Cat Video Festival in your backyard.
Plus, y'know, you’ll be helping make sure the writers are paid well for their work. Kick in for your very own copy today and spread the word by reblogging and sharing the news with your friends!