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Pot Roast, beloved cat on TikTok for its ‘taxidermy’ energy, has died

Pot Roast – a cat named after the “very special dish” served on “very special occasions” because its owner wanted to swallow it with affection – died.

The fluffy black and white feline was a TikTok star thanks to funny videos of her human poking fun at the animal she adored quite clearly.

“My little bird flew away at 11:47 a.m. this morning,” its owner, who remained anonymous for privacy reasons, wrote as a text overlay in a TikTok post on Wednesday.

“When I saw Pot Roast this morning I felt she was done fighting and even though I wasn’t done fighting for her I let her go. She fell asleep in my arms. In the end, it was just her and I. And I’m grateful for every moment we spent together.

The video shows the distraught cat owner cradling Pot Roast with a towel wrapped around his pet.

While it’s unclear why the whiskered angel left this land for kitten heaven, his owner announced on TikTok earlier this month that Pot Roast had been diagnosed with feline immunodeficiency virus. , which attacks the immune system and leaves a cat vulnerable to many other infections, according to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her owner said the virus had spread to Pot Roast’s bone marrow and she was shocked by the IVF diagnosis.

“She tested negative as a kitten, like all my other cats, like all the cats we raised,” her owner said in the video.

She also added that her vet said Pot Roast “lives on borrowed time,” prompting her to respond:

“And I said, ‘Pot Roast invented borrowing time, so write it down. “”

Ironically, an ongoing joke on Pot Roast’s TikTok account was basically that the adorably listless and often stiff-limbed cat acted like a corpse, and his owner regularly called him his “taxidermy” cat.

This is why many people on social media have mentioned the nickname “Taxidermy Cat” while mourning Pot Roast online.

Although the Pot Roast owner’s jokes about the corpse-like feline were somewhat dark, the humor seemed to resonate on TikTok, garnering the cat nearly 950 million followers on the platform. What also made the irreverence work was that the owner clearly loved the cat to death (sorry).

“I just saw her and I was like, ‘Wow, I feel like she’s my soul mate,'” the Pot Roast owner told Kansas City weekly The Pitch. in May 2021 from when she met her future fur baby during an adoption event at Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2014 (when it was still University of Missouri Rolla).

She said that right after the event, someone drove her to the shelter that housed Pot Roast and immediately adopted her for $20.

The owner told the newspaper that she thought the adoption fee was so low because Pot Roast ended up having a lot of medical issues, including feline herpes, stomatitis, as well as another autoimmune disease. which the owner could not afford, but was keeping symptoms managed with medication.

Thanks to Pot Roast stomatitis, her teeth eventually rotted and she had to have them all removed – a move her owner told The Pitch made the cat “much happier” and more inclined to eat.

Still, no matter how much money she spent on the cat’s medical issues, the owner, who lives in North Kansas City, doesn’t seem to have any regrets about giving Pot Roast a loving home.

“Pot Roast gives me such undiluted joy every single day,” she told The Pitch.

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