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.
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.
Wasabichan got wet from being around Ponchan when she was taking a shower! Keeping warm in the blanket.
With Wasabichan’s favorite Granny. (Grandma is the one who makes all her knitted outfits)
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.
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.
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!
Wasabichan’s weight has increased to 1150 grams. Everything seemed like getting better.
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.
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.”
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.
You’ve read a touching story of Wasabichan, a kitten rescued by a kind current owner @jessiepon when she was being attacked by crows. She is the kitten who dresses up in a knitted mushroom and a tarako (salted cod roe) in order to get fed with a catheter safely.
We are going to follow up on Wasabichan’s progress today! If you’ve signed up for our Mailing List, you’ve been getting weekly updates on her. Let’s see how she’s been doing this past month!
Wasabichan is now able to cover her waste with cat liter! Waiting for mom’s approval?
Wasabichan in her new matryoshka outfit! It’s slightly smaller than the previous tarako outfit, seems like?
I as a Rinkya blog writer chose not to post this photo here (07-11-2013) because some people may not like to see it.
The photo shows insider Wasabichan’s mouth, which is injured and slowly healing.
Please use your own judgment to see the photo!
@jessiepon describes, “Her upper chin is slightly off to left because of the bone fracture, and the lower chin is shifted to right.”
@jessiepon: “Today’s Wasabichan! She refuses to eat the baby food, so we are back to feeding with the catheter and milk. We tried using a syringe for feeding, but from the second meal she started to struggle. It could be just she’s in a bad mood today.”
A short video posted on Instagram showing how the catheter feeding works. She is trying hard to eat, even though it’s not the most comfortable way to do so. Wasabichan is in a cute kimono outfit!
@jessiepon: “Today’s Wasabichan! She managed to nibble on a soft for kittens called ‘Katsuo-Ippon’ [a bonito fish snack]. All the parts she chewed fell on the floor, but one can’t learn something in one day. We’ll try more practicing everyday!”
@jessiepon: “Wasabi-chan can now jump up on the couch she wasn’t able to before! Ponchan the dog is a bit exhausted and sighs at playful Wasabi-chan.”
*Ponchan is the dog’s name.
@jessiepon: “We didn’t buy a new bed for Wasabi-chan at first because she was full of lice. Granny modified Ponchan’s old bedding into Wasabi-chan’s, but it’s getting too small for her!”
@jessiepon: “Today’s Wasabichan! She looked cold, so I fed her warm milk by catheter today. After she warmed up, she got really hyper and playful. She kept biting on Ponchan’s tail too!”
@jessiepon: “Today’s Wasbichan! We saw our vet today and received lots of good news! First, Wasabichan gained 100 grams of weight! Second, the tear on her upper jaw has healed! Lastly, her left eye shows a sign of papillary light reflex! It’s slightly weaker, but so is the right eye!”
Seemed like everything was going well. Then, Something Happened to Wasabichan’s Health…
@jessiepon: “[Wasabichan] Had seizures on the way to the vet, at the clinic, and on the way back home. She’s having seizures every half hour after she got home. Her latest blood test shows a little bit of dehydration but it’s not at the level to be worried about. Everything else looked fine. The vet did her best for treatment too.”
@jessiepon: “Stopped by a gas station on the way. She’s tired, and due to the medication she’s asleep now. We think she has an epilepsy.”
@jessiepon: “Today’s Wasabichan. She had three seizures today, so we had to use an suppository on her. I consulted with our vet to ask how many times I can use it. The clinic was closed today, but she kindly guided me with instructions. I’m very thankful. Ponchan is offering her nose to play with when she visits Wasabichan.”
@jessiepon: “She still has seizures, but it’s not weakening her body. She is not full of energy either though. She hates the suppository, so whenever I try to use it she attacks my hands until they are covered with scratches.”
Ganbatte Wasabichan! I really hope she gets better and grows up to be a healthy happy cat.
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Do you know about a kitten from Japan, who’s famous for dressing up in a tarako (Japanese salted cod roe), a shimeji mushroom, and a wasabi plant? Her name is Wasabi-chan, and she is all the rage in Japanese Twitter community now.
At first, the photo is just kind of funny and cute. But there’s a reason why she dresses up in these seemingly uncomfortable outfits. This is a very touching story about the encounter of Wasabi-chan and her current owner @jessiepon. I’d like to share the owners’ tweets in English to reveal reasons behind this photo!
Everything Started from Here
June 2nd, 2013
@jessiepon: “I heard a horrible cry of a kitten, getting attacked by crows in front of my house. I immediately rescued her and brought her to the vet. Crows have eaten inside of the kitten’s mouth, to the point she can’t drink milk on her own. The vet had to insert a catheter directly into her stomach to feed the kitten. Her initial body weight: 210g.”
June 8th, 2013
@jessiepon: “We’ve been feeding her milk in every 4 hours. Her body weight is now 274g! “
@jessiepon: “Our kitten does not poop everyday. The vet said I don’t have to be worried about it, but still!”
June 9th, 2013
@jessiepon: “Good morning! Today’s photo of the kitten <3 After the catheter feeding this morning, I wiped her face, and the scabs fell off. She looks beautiful! She couldn’t even open her left eye when I first found her, but now she can raise her eyelid gradually. Her tongue is torn up in half, so sometimes it hangs out of her mouth like this… ^^;”
Then, the First Time the Kitten Appeared in a Baby Covering
June 11th, 2013
@jessiepon: “Today’s photo! When I was taking lice out around her eyes, I heard her purr for the first time! Her upper jaw is fractured, so it’s still bleeding a little. She is taking antibiotics, anti-inflammatory analgesic, and intestinal medication now.
“Also, we finally named her. Her name is ‘Wasabi-chan’ and she’s a girl. (*´艸`*)”
June 12th, 2013
@jessiepon: “Thank you for all the support and kind messages! Wasabi-chan is improving a lot, she started nibbling her front paws today.”
“Her body weight is now 300g!”
Then, this Photo was Uploaded, Making Wasabi-chan a Super Famous Kitten on Twitter
June 15th, 2013
@jessiepon: “She tries to fight back whenever we feed her with the catheter, so Granny made her this outfit to make sure she eats. A “tarako” Wasabi. Tomorrow we’ll go to the clinic again!”
*Tarako is a salted cod roe in Japan. It looks like this.
…to the point that several Wasabi-chan “fans” made a Wasabi-chan stamp, Wasabi-chan felt plush toy, to show their support for the kitten.
Wasabi-chan Show Improvement in Her Health
June 17th, 2013
@jessiepon: “Wasabi-chan is very fortunate to have such warm responses from everyone! Today, we started her litter training, but as you can see, Wasabi-chan is not so interested in it… ʅ(‾◡◝ ა)ʃ”
June 19th, 2013
@jessiepon: “Toay’s Wasabi-chan! After the catheter-feeding at 4AM, she threw up her food. It’s because we increased the amount of milk today. Now she is fine, plays well and sleeps well.”
The New Outfit – Shimeji Mushroom
June 20th, 2013
@jessiepon: “Granny’s new hand-made piece! This is Wasabi-chan in a shimeji mushroom cover. We’ll start the catheter-feeding with this new outfit today!”
“Also, here is Wasabi’s profile: Used to be a stray cat / possibly quintuplets / female / initial weight: 210g (minus weight of lice) / favorite thing: Granny / hates: catheter-feeding and mouth checkup / friend: stuffed mouse.”
Around this time, some people complained that putting a kitten in an outfit like this is an animal abuse, which drove the owner into having her Twitter account private. Clearly, these people have no idea why and for what reasons the owner makes Wasabi-chan dress up in it. It’s not for fun, but for feeding the kitten without her fighting back. Sudden movements can end up suffocating the kitten or hurting her throat/stomach! Luckily, @jessiepon opened up the account to public again.
June 30th, 2013
@jessiepon “It’s the first time Wasabi was able to poop by herself! Coincidentally, we have to bring a stool sample to the clinic today. Thank you for your help, Wasabi!”
Wasabi-chan Sends a Message to the World with Her Wasabi Plant Outfit
July 1st, 2013
@jessiepon: “It’s been a month since I met Wasabi-chan! Thank you for everyone’s support. I made this photo to pray for the wellness and happiness of all pets in the world.”
She gets along with other members of the family too!
That is it for me to share the story of Wasabi-chan! I felt very warm in my heart as I saw the dedication @jessiepon showed to the kitten. You can check the rest of the photos and daily updates of Wasabi-chan from @jessiepon’s Twitter account or her Instagram!