In memory of Wasabichan – Japan’s Cutest Kitten Has Passed Away

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Wasabichan, Japan’s most beloved kitten on Twitter has passed away on August 27th, 18:30 in Japan time. We’ve been covering Wasabichan’s story since July, when she appeared on internet in her adorable knitted mushroom suit and her tarako suit.

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These suits were made to hold her down during the tube feeding, as she was not able to swallow her food due to the severe injuries in her throat and jaws. The suits keep her from struggling, as any movements during the tube feeding could injure her stomach or throats.

@jessiepon rescued Wasabichan on June 2nd, 2013.
I truly admire the owner’s dedication for the past three months. It’s all because of her dedication, Wasabichan was able to live, even though it was only for a short period of time, and know what it’s like to be loved and cared by someone. Wasabichan also had a great companion, the golden retriever Ponchan, who cared for Wasabichan and played with her, which was what every kitten needs.

I’m going to post the last photos of Wasabichan from @jessiepon’s account.

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Aug 13, 2013

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Aug 14, 2013

Wasabichan got wet from being around Ponchan when she was taking a shower! Keeping warm in the blanket.

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Aug 15, 2013

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Aug 16, 2013

With Wasabichan’s favorite Granny. (Grandma is the one who makes all her knitted outfits)

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Aug 17, 2013

Yuko Higuchi (@nekonoborisu), a good friend of @jessiepon and a professional illustrator/painter, visited Wasabichan. Yuko has drawn many pieces of artwork based on Wasabichan.

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Aug 18, 2013

Wasabichan slowly gained strength back and her weight increased to 1040 grams at this point. When she was first found, she was malnutritioned and weighed only 210 grams.

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Aug 19, 2013

Though with difficulty, Wasabichan kept trying to practice eating food on her own. She was able to swallow a dried cat food after many practices.

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Aug 20, 2013

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Aug 23, 2013

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Aug 24, 2013

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Aug 24, 2013

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Aug 24, 2013

Wasabichan is getting sleepy from chasing Ponchan. According to the owner, Wasabichan is always the one who chases, and she’s never been chased by Ponchan. What a kind friend!

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Aug 25, 2013

Wasabichan’s weight has increased to 1150 grams. Everything seemed like getting better.

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Aug 26, 2013

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Aug 26, 2013

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Aug 27, 2013

On August 26th, Wasabichan was feeling ill and threw up a few times. She received a shot from the vet to prevent nausea. On the next day, August 27th, her condition fell critical and was immediately hospitalized.

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Aug 27, 2013

Later that night, around 6:30 in the evening, Wasabichan has passed away.
@jessiepon delivered the message to her followers on Twitter that night.

“Wasabi has passed away around 18:30. She did not give up until her last moment. Thank you for all the kind messages and support you’ve been giving us.”

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The last tweet has been retweeted by more than thirty thousand people.
On Twitter, you can see hundreds of messages and comments from Wasabichan’s fans grieving the loss.

We will all miss you. Rest in peace Wasabichan.

See our previous posts on Wasabichan to see the rest of the earlier photos.

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