Pot Roast the cat has died. Thousands of people on social media shared messages of grief and heartache after Pot Roast’s owner revealed the feline TikTok sensation’s death on February 17. On February 8, Pot Roast’s mom shared that her cat had been diagnosed with FIV.
Here’s what happened to Pot Roast and how social media is coming together to support Pot Roast’s owner:
Pot Roast Died After She Was Diagnosed a Severe Case of FIV That Had Spread to Her Bone Marrow
Pot Roast’s mom (who keeps her name private on social media) shared the news on TikTok on the night of February 17, announcing to her more than 930,000 followers that the beloved cat had died that morning.
She wrote, “My little bird flew away at 11:47 am this morning. When I saw Pot Roast this morning I could feel that she was done fighting and even though I wasn’t done fighting for her I let her go. She went to sleep in my arms. In the end it was just her and me. And I am grateful for every moment we had together.”
The video showed her holding Pot Roast close, the cat wrapped in a towel.
At the time of this article’s publication, the video already had more than 23,000 responses from people sending condolences to the beloved cat’s owner.
Although Pot Roast’s exact cause of death wasn’t revealed, in her video earlier in February Pot Roast’s mom said FIV was “killing” the cat. Pot Roast’s mom said in the video that the diagnosis was a complete shock to her.
The video received more than 2 million views on TikTok. She shared that Pot Roast had tested positive for FIV, which “blindsided” her because Pot Roast had tested negative as a kitten — as did all of her cats, she said.
She said the veterinarian told her that Pot Roast’s FIV had progressed into her bone marrow, which was no longer making red or white blood cells. She said she was told at the time that Pot Roast was “living on borrowed time.”
The day before Pot Roast died, her mom shared more details about the cat’s health struggles. She wrote on TikTok that Pot Roast was in the veterinary hospital, needed a second blood transfusion and suffered a seizure from having low blood sugar. She said she was going to distance herself from social media because she didn’t know how much time they had left.
FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) is one of the most common cat diseases. It attacks a cat’s immune system, according to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, and can leave cats vulnerable to developing severe illnesses from bacteria, viruses and other infections that might normally be minor. FIV is typically spread through bite wounds, according to Cornell University.
Pot Roast’s mom found Pot Roast in 2014 at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Kansas City’s The Pitch reported in May 2021. It was finals week of her sophomore year, and she attended an event where students could pay $5 to sit in a pen of kittens for 30 minutes on campus to help relieve stress, according to the outlet. Pot Roast was one of the kittens in the pen, and she paid for two hours with the kitten, and then immediately went to the animal shelter to adopt her.
After adopting Pot Roast, she learned the cat had numerous health problems, including stomatitis and feline herpes, The Pitch reported. She told the outlet she originally made her TikTok account as a fun way of keeping up with friends from college. In early 2022, her videos took a more serious turn as Pot Roast’s health declined.
Pot Roast Trended on Twitter as People Across Social Media Platforms Shared Their Condolences
The internet was flooded with people sending condolences to Pot Roast’s mom after she shared the news.
On TikTok, followers left heartfelt messages.
One person wrote, “rest in peace, pot roast will forever be in all of our hearts <3 ❤️”
Another commenter wrote, “my heart is broken for you. ive been watching pot roast since the beginning. i cant believe this😭 my heart goes out to you💜”
Another person wrote, “She passed during a full moon in Leo. When I see the moon now I’ll think of her. Big beautiful lion in the sky.”
Pot Roast also trended on Twitter after the news.
One person simply wrote, “We will miss you pot roast <3.”
Another person wrote, “starting an emotional support group for people who are on pot roast (the cat) tiktok. i’m not doing well”
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