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Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat was an American Internet celebrity cat. Grumpy Cat is famous for her permanently “grumpy” facial appearance.

Early Life

Grumpy Cat was born on April 4, 2012. She was born in Morristown, Arizona, USA. Its real name is Tardar Sauce. She was one of a litter of four kittens born to a calico mother and a blue-and-white tabby putative father at the home of her owner, Tabatha Bundesen of Morristown, Arizona.

Moreover, the Bundesens said that Tardar Sauce’s face appeared grumpy because the feline had a form of dwarfism. Likewise, though the mother and father were described as “normal-sized domestic short-hair cats”, Tardar Sauce was undersized and had hind legs that were “a bit different”.

Both she and her brother, Pokey, were born with “a flat face, bubble eyes, and a short tail”. Further, although she had a “grumpy” appearance and was called “Grumpy Cat”, according to the Bundesens, “Ninety-nine percent of the time she is just a regular cat.”

Moreover, “Meme manager” Ben Lashes represented it, in addition to Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat. In the year 2013, Tabatha Bundesen took a leave of absence from her job at Red Lobster to manage its schedule, while her brother Bryan Bundesen managed the website, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter accounts.

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Caption: Grumpy Cat’s 4th birthday picture. Source: Instagram


Grumpy died at her home in the arms of her owner Tabatha following complications from a urinary tract infection on May 14, 2019, at age 7. Therefore, her death was announced on May 17, 2019, on social media.

And Grumpy was mourned by many people across the globe. Also, many tributes were posted worldwide. Tardar was buried at Sunland Pet Rest Cemetery in Sun City, Arizona.

Grumpy Cat  – Net Worth 2024

In March 2013, Bryan Bundesen indicated that Grumpy earned income in the “mid-five figures”. Therefore, it increased to “low-six figures” by May 2013. Similarly, the Bundesens had a net worth of $1 million. However online speculation estimated it between $1 million and $100 million.


Grumpy came to fame when a photograph of her was posted on September 22, 2012, on the social news website Reddit by Bryan Bundesen, the brother of her owner Tabatha Bundesen.

Moreover, “Lolcats” and parodies created from photographs by Reddit users became popular. Grumpy was the subject of a popular Internet meme in which humorously negative, cynical images were made from photographs of her.

Moreover, after her debut in 2012, Tardar made many media appearances, typically accompanied by her owner, Tabatha Bundesen; Tabatha’s brother, Bryan Bundesen; and occasionally Tabatha’s daughter, Chrystal.

Her handlers were interviewed by the respective hosts of each program. Also, she was featured in advertising campaigns for Friskies and General Mills’ Honey Nut Cheerios and made public appearances to promote her brand.

Furthermore, she Limited held eight trademarks in August 2018 registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office; 1082 items were available on the official Grumpy online shop.

Moreover, the official Grumpy book, Grumpy: A Grumpy Book, was published on July 23, 2013, by Chronicle Books. Likewise, another Grumpy book called The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations by Grumpy Cat was published by Chronicle Books.

And, was debuted at #3 on The New York Times Best Seller list in the Advice, How-To, and Miscellaneous category. Further, Dynamite Entertainment publishes a comic book about Grumpy and her brother, titled The Misadventures of Grumpy and Pokey.

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Caption: Grumpy Cat’s meme. Source: Metro


Moreover, Dover Publications has also published Grumpy paper dolls, stickers, coloring, and tattoo books. Likewise, in December 2013, an official video game called Grumpy: Unimpressed was released by Ganz Studios and is playable on Facebook, iOS devices, and Android devices.

Grumpy appears in Lil Bub & Friendz, a documentary that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18, 2013, and won the Tribeca Online Festival Best Feature Film.

Moreover, on June 11, 2014, it was announced that Lifetime would produce a film starring, entitled Grumpy’s Worst Christmas Ever. And, the film debuted on November 29, 2014.

And, Lifetime released a tongue-in-cheek video about the casting. Also Plaza’s “process” for becoming the voice of Grumpy on November 6, 2014. In March 2013, Tardar Sauce attended South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive, hosted at the Mashable House.

There, she appeared for two hours each day as Grumpy. Likewise, as part of her Spokescat sponsorship, Friskies paid travel expenses to SXSW in Austin, Texas, to film “Will Kitty Play With It?.”

Moreover, CNN, CBS News, and CNET called Grumpy the undisputed “biggest star” of SXSW Interactive over Al Gore, Elon Musk, and Neil Gaiman. Moreover, voted BuzzFeed’s Meme of the Year at the 2013 Webby Awards.

Brand Endorsements

Tardar Sauce appeared in episodes of the Friskies YouTube game show “Will Kitty Play With It?”. Similarly, in September 2013, it was announced that Grumpy would become the Official Spokescat of Friskies.

Moreover, TMZ reported that for Grumpy’s SXSW Interactive appearance in Austin, Texas. Friskies paid for first-class flights, a private hotel room with a king-sized bed, a personal assistant, a chauffeur, and unlimited Friskies food and bottled water.

Likewise, on March 22, 2013, she traveled to New York City to promote the show. And, she also appeared on Good Morning America, and Anderson Live and visited Time for a photo shoot.

Body Measurements

Grumpy Cat is of Felis catus species. She is a Mixed breed. Her height and weight and other measurements are not available on the internet.

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Caption: Grumpy and her owner. Source: Market

Grumpy Cat – Social Media

Her Instagram account ‘@realgrumpycat’ has earned over 2.6 million followers. She has gained over 1.5 million followers on her ‘@RealGrumpyCat Twitter account. Likewise, her Facebook page has amassed over 7.7 million followers. Her YouTube channel ‘Real Grumpy Cat’ has gained over 276K subscribers.