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Sponge Bob, Rest In Peace, August 3rd, 2012

Sponge Bob’s family has made the sad announcement that their beloved boy has passed away. The cat gained fame for his notable size and for Animal Haven NYC’s efforts to restore him to a healthy weight and energy level, and to find him a good home.

Bob found that good home with NY residents Courtney and Matt Farrell, who took him home after his last high profile public appearance at a benefit gala for the shelter on June 7.

Bob had to be set free when an unexpected illness rapidly compromised his quality of life. While the condition was not weight related, Bob’s weight made a surgical procedure a hazardous option, so contributed to the decision to let him go.

Bob’s family loved him deeply and are in mourning for their boy. Matt uploaded this beautiful and poignant memorial tribute to Bob last night.

 

Although Bob retired from the  spotlight when he went home from the shelter’s benefit gala, his family set up a blog, No More Sitting Pretty, Kitty, to share his happy home life with readers.  Bob’s passing is announced in the post Goodbye, Sweet Boy, which relates the circumstances of his illness in detail and expresses his family’s sadness at unexpectedly having to say their last goodbyes.

In short, Bob had been given a clean bill of health by the shelter and his vet at the time of his adoption, after which is health was been monitored with regular vet visits. About two weeks before his passing, Bob developed sudden coughing fits which were attributed to asthma. The coughing fits were greatly diminished by the introduction of antibiotics and an inhaler, but  Bob later developed sudden and severe breathing problems, just as his family returned home from a previously scheduled trip, during which time he was cared for by a licensed cat sitter who made daily in home visits.

The breathing problem that had Bob taking fast and heavy breaths began last Wednesday night, at which time Matt and Courtney consulted by phone with an emergency vet to get them through the night. Bob went to his regular vet on Thursday morning, where his condition was attributed to seasonal asthma compounded by stress over his family’s temporary absence. The vet recommended that Bob stay overnight to be monitored closely and called the family on Friday morning to express concern over his lack of improvement.

X-rays showed a fast growing mass surrounding Bob’s heart and pushing it to the wrong side. The mass was not detected by x-rays made two weeks prior but had quickly grown to a size where Bob was in crisis. The vet counseled the family that were the mass left untreated Bob would likely not live through the weekend. Because of his great weight, Bob could easily die on the table from the anesthesia so neither option offered much hope.

Faced with a nearly hopeless set of choices, Matt and Courtney sadly made the decision to let Bob go and remained with him as he passed, giving him love to the end.

Courtney said in the goodbye post, “This has been one of the hardest things I have ever experienced, and certainly the most difficult thing Matt and I have had to endure as a couple. I’m sure it’s evident to all of you that we treated Sponge like he was our first baby. We loved this cat so tremendously and had so many plans for him as part of our family,” and “As profoundly sad as we are, we can only try to focus on how much love we were able to give him during his last couple of months. We gave him a family, we gave him room to run around, and we showered him with love all the way to the end.”

For the full story, please go to the link above and read the first hand account shared by Bob’s loving and bereaved family.

For more of our coverage of Bob’s journey from the time Suzi Anders first posted a video of a sweet yet severely overweight cat at the shelter , click HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 




15 comments

  • August 8, 2012 10:58 amPosted 1 year ago
    Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirz

    To know he knew love, even though for such a short time, makes me smile even as I blink back tears…

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    August 8, 2012 11:14 amPosted 1 year ago
    Virginia

    I am so sorry for the loss of your little friend. I know how much it hurts. RIP, Bob.

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    August 8, 2012 12:01 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Susan

    SpongeBob is now in a place where pain and being overweight no longer matters. All animals are happy and healthy forever. RIP SpongeBob – you, like all animal-lovers gave your family much joy!

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    August 8, 2012 3:13 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Tracey

    Bye big boy. Your family loved you very much.

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    August 8, 2012 9:54 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Nicole Morvan

    Sorry for the loss of your beautiful baby boy. RIP Spongr Bob!!!:(

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    August 8, 2012 10:03 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Tammy

    rip big boy sending hugs n kisses to heaven and to all the other loved ones missed so much

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    August 8, 2012 10:04 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Wendy

    Thank you for giving him hope. Thank you for giving him love. Thank you being there. Bob thanks you too………<3

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    August 9, 2012 2:52 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Suzi

    My Dear And Compassionate Karen,
    It warms yet saddens me as well to come here and see Sponge Bob acknowledged in his family’s tribute. It started here and here it has ended. Sponge has been treated with all the dignity and advocacy that anyone could have ever demonstrated. With friendship,tears and love, Suzi

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  • August 10, 2012 2:46 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Bill Gilbert

    Hi Karen,
    I can not thank you enough for giving so much love and compassion to Sponge Bob and making his last days on this earth filled with the love your family gave him. THANK YOU!!!!
    Bill

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      August 10, 2012 4:21 pmPosted 1 year ago
      Karen Harrison Binette (Author)

      Hi Bill,
      Bob was not my kitty. He was adopted by Courtney and Matt Farrell, who gave him a good and loving home and who made the video tribute you see here.

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        August 10, 2012 4:34 pmPosted 1 year ago
        Bill Gilbert

        Hi Karen,
        Thank you for the correction. My apologizes to Courtney & Matt Farrel who my comment should have been directed. Thank you Karen,
        Bill

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    August 14, 2012 1:54 amPosted 1 year ago
    Maple

    The Rainbow Bridge is once again been blessed by another deserving member. RIP SpongeBob! Now you can have all the catnip you want!

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    September 23, 2012 3:19 amPosted 1 year ago
    Friend

    May you have a wonderful heaven life SongeBob. You are loved.

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    October 2, 2012 8:47 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Lisa

    Bob…may you rest in peace pretty kitty…I loved the tribute 2 him…I’m so happy that Matt & Courtney gave him a loving home…if it was only a short time…what a loving couple…

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    November 5, 2012 11:54 amPosted 1 year ago
    Terry

    What a shame. Mine was a gorgeous boy like him well, not quote as bulky (maybe, and only maybe) Oliver. I got a memorial made for him http://www.pet-memorials.co.uk/cat-memorials They featured it on the site for me

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