Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat, born on April 4, 2012, became an internet sensation because of her grumpy facial expression. This was caused by an underbite and feline dwarfism. On September 22, 2012, Bryan Bundesen, the brother of the owner, Tabatha Bundesen, posted her image on Reddit. This is where she gained recognition. Grumpy Cat fascinated a lot of people and Reddit users started making “Lolcats” and parodies of her image. This increased her popularity. She became the subject of a famous internet meme. The meme was humorously negative and cynical. Her photographs suit these perfectly. She amassed a great following on social media platforms as her photographs were used everywhere. We are so happy to be celebrating her today.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Grumpy Cat


Tardar Sauce

Birth date:

April 4, 2012

Death date:

May 14, 2019 (age 7)

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Relationship Status:


Net Worth:

$1 million

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Tardar Sauce, famously known as Grumpy Cat, was legendary for her facial expressions. Although they were not intentional, they worked in her favor. She ended up going viral and was recognized all over social media. She was born on April 4, 2012, as one of a litter of four kittens. They were owned by Tabatha Bundesen from Morristown, Arizona. Despite her parents being normal-sized with domestic short hair, Grumpy Cat was a little different. She had peculiar hind legs and was undersized. Her brother, Pokey, and she were the only ones with bubble eyes, flat faces, and short tails. Even though she always appeared grumpy, her owner stated that almost all the time, Grumpy Cat was just a normal cat.

She rose to fame when on September 22, 2012, Bryan Bundesen, Tabatha’s brother took a picture of her and posted it on Reddit. The social network users began creating parodies and “Lolcats” with her image. It wasn’t long before she became the subject of a popular internet meme. Humorously negative, sarcastic, and cynical photographs were created using her. She then looked for a meme manager, Ben Lashes, who represented her. He also represented Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat. Her owner, Tabatha, started managing Grumpy Cat’s schedule after taking a leave of absence from her workplace. Tabatha’s brother, Bryan, started managing Grumpy Cat’s website and social media accounts.

From 2012, she made appearances at media stations to promote her brand with her handlers. She also appeared in advertising and marketing campaigns such as Friskies and General Mills’ Honey Nut Cheerios. She was a regular at South by Southwest Interactive “SXSW,” appearing for two hours each day. Some news and media outlets referred to her as the biggest star of the show over Elon Musk, Al Gore, and Neil Gaiman. She became the official spokescat of Friskies in 2013. Earlier in the same year, she had traveled to New York to promote a show where she was featured on “Good Morning America” and did a photo shoot for “Time.” In May 2019, Grumpy Cat’s death was sadly announced. She had succumbed to a urinary tract infection and died in the arms of her owner, Tabatha.

Career timeline

September 2012
Grumpy Cat Goes Viral

She goes viral after her image is posted on Reddit by Bryan, the brother of her owner, Tabatha Bundesen.

March 2013
Attends South by Southwest Interactive

She attends South by Southwest Interactive “SXSW” and becomes a regular, appearing for two hours each day.

July 2013
Her Book is Published

The official Grumpy Cat book, “Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book” is published by Chronicles Books.

September 2013
Friskies Spokescat

Friskies announce that Grumpy Cat is their Official Spokescat.

December 2013
Her Video Game is Released

An official video game is released by Ganz Studios and is active on Facebook, iOS gadgets, and Android gadgets and is titled, “Grumpy Cat: Unimpressed.”

August 2018
Holds Eight Trademarks

Her company, Grumpy Cat Limited, holds eight trademarks and is registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Why We Love Grumpy Cat

  1. She was a life changer

    Grumpy Cat has changed the lives of her handlers for the better. Her owner was a waitress barely making ends meet. After the fame of Grumpy Cat, she got to travel the world with her and even homeschool her daughter. That way, they spent more time together.

  2. She loved traveling

    Critics have complained that for a cat, Grumpy Cat traveled a lot. Tabatha however says that she liked traveling and enjoyed it. She was always excited to get into her carrier every time she saw Tabatha with it.

  3. She was influential

    Grumpy Cat stretched her influence to reach everybody she could. She released numerous media of content to impact people from various walks of life. She released a book, a video game, and was even in film. Her huge social media following, even from other celebrities, is a testament to that.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. Unique blend of breeds

    She is believed to be mixed with Persian, Ragdoll, or Snowshoe, although Tabatha her owner, is not sure exactly what breed she is.

  2. She was a cuddler

    Grumpy Cat is said to be really lovable and cuddly, and she loved to be held and rubbed.

  3. Unique name

    Grumpy Cat’s real name, Tardar Sauce, was thought of by Crystal, the owner’s daughter, and was inspired by tartar sauce.

  4. She was playful

    Her favorite playthings were always bags and string.

  5. She loved Starbucks coffee cake

    Apart from tuna and Friskies’ Savory Shreds, she also loved the Starbucks coffee cake, which is weird for a cat.

Grumpy Cat FAQs

Did Grumpy Cat have kittens?

Although Bundesen usually gave away kittens, her 10-year-old daughter, Chrystal, fell in love with Grumpy Cat’s unique appearance and insisted they keep her. As a kitten, Tardar’s fur was speckled with dark spots, which reminded Chrystal of tartar sauce.

Who replaced Grumpy Cat?

A fierce cat with a perpetually angry look has been hailed the new Grumpy cat by fans. Meow Meow, a feline from Taiwan, has gone viral after feline fans noticed its likeness to the original moggy. The Internet’s beloved angry cat, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, passed away, aged seven on May 14, 2019.

How long do cats usually live?

Cats typically have a life span of 12 to 18 years.

Grumpy Cat’s birthday dates

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