Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat

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Updated Sep 23, 2021 at 10:50AM EDT by Keira.

Added Sep 24, 2012 at 01:06PM EDT by Brad.

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Grumpy Cat is the nickname given to Tardar Sauce, a snowshoe cat that rose to online fame after several pictures of her annoyed facial expressions were posted to Reddit in late September 2012.


Grumpy Cat was born in Morristown, Arizona on April 4th, 2012 to her owner Tabatha Bundesen. The original photos of Grumpy Cat were posted to the /r/pics subreddit[1] by Bundesen's brother Bryan on September 23rd, 2012 (shown below).

The original Grumpy Cat pic that turned into a meme the lesser used original Grumpy cat photo

The Reddit post was instantly met with photoshopped parodies and image macros from others, reaching the front page with more than 25,300 up votes in the first 24 hours. Meanwhile, the Imgur page[13] gained nearly 1,030,000 views in the first 48 hours. The same day, three video clips of the cat playing indoors were uploaded to YouTube by Bundesen the same day.


The name "Grumpy Cat" has been associated with pictures of scornful looking cats prior to this instance, mainly through the LOLcat image macro series X is not amused and Serious Cat.

shuttlecat is not amused grey cat with badminton ball on his head funny cat meme mother ship cat is not amused a grumpy cat that is clearly not amused at the chalk drawings


Some Redditors responded to Catallades' post with photoshopped derivatives of the original picture (shown below), while others chose to caption the image with various statements from the cat's point of view (see notable examples). Later that same day, BuzzFeed[5] reblogged the images in a post titled "This Cat Is Not Impressed" and by popular demand, Redditor Cataliades submitted a follow-up post titled "Since everyone liked Grumpy Cat here are a few more"[2] on the next day. Within 48 hours of the original post, more than 300 posts associated with the keyword "Grumpy Cat" were submitted to Reddit and more than 100 image macros to the Quickmeme[3] entry.

Grumpy Cat photoshopped to have half a smile Grumpy Cat photoshop with a well done forced smile Grumpy Cat photoshop to look like a smirk, turning that frown, upside-down

The newly christened "Grumpy Cat" was also featured on numerous animal photo blogs and internet humor sites, including The Daily What[8], Paw Nation[6], The Meta Picture[9] and Eat Liver[16] on September 24th and UpRoxx[12], Daily of the Day,[11] The Huffington Post[45] and FunnyJunk[15] on September 25th. Some commenters even went onto draw comparisons between Tard's facial expression and other well-known stern-looking fictional characters like Ron Swanson (Parks & Recreation) and Dwight Schrute (The Office). In addition to its growing presence on Reddit, Facebook and YouTube, more image macros and pictures of "Tard" can be found on Tumblr[14] under the tag #grumpy cat. In addition, Grumpy Cat T-shirt merchandises are available for purchase on Clothes That Kill.[19]

On September 27th,[20] was created as the official homepage for Grumpy Cat, blogging videos, images and news mentions of the cat. On October 3rd, an official Twitter account, @RealGrumpyCat[21], was also launched. As of August 2013, Grumpy Cat's official Facebook[30] fan page has more than 1.1 million likes.

Notable Examples

Grumpy Cat Example Meme - I Had Fun Once, IT WAS AWEFUL Grumpy Cat Meme - I Tried To Sits, It Didn't Fits Grumpy Cat Meme about the Red Dot Realization
Grumpy Cat Just Put Me Down Meme They stole my poop again GIF of Grumpy Cat getting dressed for Grumpy School


On May 17th, 2019, the official social media accounts for Grumpy Cat announced that Grumpy Cat died at age seven after contracting a urinary tract infection.[46][47]

image announcement about Grumpy Cat passing away

The news was covered by a number of major outlets, including BBC,[48] The New York Times[49] and CNN.[50] In the hours following the announcement, social media posts honoring the memory of Grumpy Cat appeared on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit and other platforms (examples shown below).

press F to pay respects meme about Grumpy Cat drawing of Grumpy Cat unimpressed by heaven photoshopped pic of Grumpy Cat arriving to meme heaven
tweet of an old picture of Grumpy Cat tweet about meeting Grumpy Cat


Following the news of Tardar Sauce's death Twitter users posted pictures of their own grumpy cats in memory using the hashtag #TweetAGrumpyFaceForGrumpy. Twitter user @myleftfang's[51] picture received over 2,900 likes in a day (shown below, left). Twitter users @MollieM75164454[52] and @JoviLifer[53] also posted popular cat pictures which gained over 800 and 100 likes respectively (shown below, right).

Ollie @myleftfang #TweetAGrumpyFaceForGrumpy #RIPGrumpyCat 7:35 AM -17 May 2019 Mollie Moo @MollieM75164454 My late stepbrother #TweetAGrumpyFaceForGrumpy (Couldn't find a good grumpy of me) 8:47 AM -17 May 2019 Paige @JoviLifer How about a handsome otrb grumpy? He was a grumpy, but he was MY grump. Love him every bit as much now as I ever did 1996-2016. #TweetAGrumpyFaceForGrumpy 9:21 AM -17 May 2019

Grumpy Grandma

On January 5th, 2012, Redditor KungPowChicken submitted a photograph of an irritable-looking elderly woman surrounded by three young women (shown below) to the /r/pics[24] subreddit, which received over 19,700 up votes and 1,800 comments prior to being archived. Over a year later on February 19th, 2013, the image was reposted on the Cheezburger site Memebase with the title "Grumpy Grandma is Grumpy." In the following three weeks, the post gained more than 460 upvotes.

grumpy grandma spinoff meme from grumpy cat

On March 4th, Tumblr user The Frogman[22] posted several photoshopped images using a cut out of the disgruntled senior citizen (shown below) in a post titled "Grumpy Grandma Does Activities." The same day, the images were reblogged on the Internet humor site 9gag,[23] where they received over 20,000 up votes and 5,900 Facebook shares within 24 hours. Also on March 4th, the tech news blog Mashable[25] published an article about the photoshop meme, comparing the elderly woman to Grumpy Cat.

grumpy grandma meme dancing on stage grumpy grandma in a ball pit grumpy grandma on a roller coaster grumpy grandma at an Obama rally grumpy grandma at in the never ending story Grumpy Grandma scarface

Grumpy Cat Art Project

In early 2013, more than 30 artists in residence at the Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment art center in Huntsville, Alabama launched The Grumpy Cat Art Project,[27] a multimedia art exhibition that consists of various artworks inspired by Tardar Sauce, including sculptures, paintings, stained glass, chain-mail art, papercraft and soap carvings. According to one of the event organizers Dustin Timbrook, the exhibition aims to show the world that “art can elevate even the sillest subject,”[28] taking advantage of the cat’s internet appeal to showcase the talent of resident artists at Lowe Mill. The pieces are scheduled to be auctioned off online between May 27th and May 31st, culminating in a one-night exhibition at the art center on the closing night of the event.[29]

grumpy red head woman holding grumpy cat artwork she made older blonde woman with a Picasso style painting of Grumpy cat she created artist with a chin goatee beard holding great artwork he made of Grumpy Cat
older gentleman holding a very blue portrait of Grumpy Cat that he made woman with glasses holding a cutout paper of Grumpy Cat red headed artist with a goatee and artwork he made of Grumpy Cat as a knight

Feature Film Project

On May 30th, 2013, Hollywood news site Deadline[31] reported that Broken Road Productions has optioned the rights to make a family comedy film based on Grumpy Cat's persona. According to the report, the film will be produced by Todd Garner[32], who has previously worked on dozens of films like XXX, The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Jack and Jill. Although little is known about the plotline, production crew or cast, Garner told Deadline that Tardar Sauce will be given a speaking role, in similar vein to Hollywood's live action adaptations of American cartoon series Garfield (quoted below).

GIF of Grumpy Cat as the Lion at the start of MGM films parade, with Grumpy Tardar Sauce substitute

“This started off as a picture of a cat, but rare is an image that evokes that much comedy,” Garner said. “You read all of the memes and the comments, and one is funnier than the next. We think we can build a big family comedy around this character.”



On September 30th, 2012, an official t-shirt line was launched through Clothes That Kill,[33] marking the beginning of Grumpy Cat's commoditization. Bundesen also runs a Zazzle store[34] that offers a wide range of merchandises, including posters, mugs, mousepads, phone cases and postage stamps.

Grumpy Cat T-Shirt -
 This Is My Happy Face Grumpy Cat Blue t-shirt of YOLO STFU grumpy cat t-shirt had fun once it was aweful

As of August 2013, Grumpy Cat merchandise is carried in Urban Outfitters[35] and Hot Topic[36] stores, while online merchandising site Entertainment Earth lists a number of upcoming products, including a plush doll,[40] a holiday ball ornament[41] and a Kigurumi costume[42] among many others. (shown below)

Grumpy Cat Plush Toy doll Grumpy Cat pendant grumpy cat costume

Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book

On July 23rd, 2013, Chronicle Books published Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book[38], which reached #1 in Cats, Dogs and Animals Humor category on Amazon in two weeks.

Grumpy Cat A Grumpy Book


Also in late July 2013, Bundesen announced[39] an upcoming line of coffee drinks called Grumppuccino[37] via Twitter (shown below, left), which were made available for pre-sale on August 7th, 2013 in three flavors -- coffee, vanilla and mocha.

Grumpy cat Grumpaccino coffee drink

Friskies Endorsement

On September 17th, 2013, American pet food company Nestle Purina PetCare announced via its Facebook page[43] that Tardar Sauce has been hired as the official "spokescat" for its Friskies brand of cat food. The announcement also revealed that the celebrity cat will make her first official appearance on October 15th at the annual Friskies Cat Video Contest Awards, where she will receive a lifetime achievement award.

Grumpy Cat Comic

On May 27th, 2015, Dynamite Comics announced that it would be creating a series of comics featuring Grumpy Cat and her brother Pokey titled "The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat and Pokey!". The first comic was a three issue mini series, set to be released in fall of 2015. Keith Davidsen, the Marketing Manager of Dynamite Entertainment said, "With her ever-present pout and sassy disposition, Grumpy Cat has won the hearts of people everywhere. I can tell you, we're thrilled, just absolutely thrilled, to bring this adorable curmudgeon's misadventures to the comic world!"[44]

Grumpy Cat Comic

Search Interest

External References

[1] Reddit – Meet Grumpy Cat

[2] Reddit – Since everyone liked Grumpy Cat here are a few more

[3] Quickmeme – Grumpy Cat Meme

[4] Reddit – Search Results for Grumpy Cat

[5] BuzzFeed – Grumpy Cat is Not Impressed

[6] PawNation – Grumpy Cat is the New Animal Sensation

[7] Facebook – All Hail Grumpy Cat

[8] The Daily What – Grumpy Cat

[9] The Meta Picture (via Wayback Machine) – Why Grumpy Cat is Grumpy


[12] Uproxx – Meme Watch – Grumpy Cat is the Ron Swanson of Cats

[13] Imgur (via Wayback Machine) – Meet Grumpy Cat

[14] Tumblr – Tagged Results for Grumpy Cat

[15] FunnyJunk – Grumpy Cat

[16] Eat Liver (via Wayback Machine) – Grumpy Cat

[17] EpicLOL (via Wayback Machine) – Oh Grumpy Cat.. U So Hilarious

[18] YouTube – SevereAvoidance's Channel

[19] Clothes That Kill! (via Wayback Machine) – Grumpy Cat T-Shirts

[20] The Original Grumpy Cat – Home

[21] Twitter – @RealGrumpyCat

[22] The Frogman – Grumpy Grandma

[23] 9gag – Grumpy Grandma

[24] Reddit – Visiting Grandma

[25] Mashable – Grumpy Grandma

[26] Memebase – Grumpy Grandma


[28] – Grumpy Cat inspires Lowe Mill artists' own creations of grumpiness

[29] Wall Street Journal – The Grumpy Cat Art Project: Dozens of Alabama Artists Create Works Inspired by Famous Internet Meme (page unavailable)

[30] Facebook – The Official Grumpy Cat

[31] Deadline – Grumpy Cat Gets Garfield-Like Movie Deal

[32] IMDB – Todd Garner

[33] Grumpy Cat – Get your Grumpy Cat T-Shirts

[34] Zazzle – Official Grumpy Cat Merchandise

[35] Urban Outfitters (via Wayback Machine) – Search Results for "grumpy cat"

[36] Hot Topic – Search Results for "grumpy cat"

[37] Drink Grumpy Cat (via Wayback Machine) – Grumppuccino

[38] Amazon – Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book

[39] Twitter – @RealGrumpyCat: A sneak peek for our Twitter fans

[40] Entertainment Earth – Grumpy Cat Plush

[41] Entertainment Earth – Grumpy Cat Your Gift Is in the Litter Box Holiday Ball Ornament

[42] Entertainment Earth – Grumpy Cat Kigurumi Costume

[43] Facebook (via Wayback Machine) – Friskies' Timeline Photo

[44] The Daily What (via Wayback Machine) – Art of the Day: Grumpy Cat Now Has Her Own Comic Book Series

[45] The Huffington Post – Baby Gibbon Plays With Grumpy Cat

[46] Twitter – @RealGrumpyCat's Tweet

[47] Instagram – realgrumpycat's Post

[48] BBC – Grumpy Cat internet legend dies

[49] The New York Times – Grumpy Cat, Internet Celebrity With a Piercing Look of Contempt, Is Dead at 7

[50] CNN – Grumpy Cat, the grouchy-faced furball that launched a thousand memes, is dead

[51] Twitter – myleftfang

[52] Twitter – Mollie Moo

[53] Twitter – JoviLifer

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