Tater Tot the Kitten depicting an orange tabby cat with casts on its two front legs.

Tater Tot the Kitten

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Tater Tot the Kitten, also known as Tater Tot the Cat, was a small orange kitten with splints or casts on its front legs that became a frequent subject of discussions, memes and redraws online. After photos of the disgruntled-looking tabby kitten were posted to the Facebook group This Cat Is Grompy in July 2023, the images were reposted to viral effect on Twitter and TikTok in the following weeks. Tater Tot also became the subject of Photoshop edits, Redraws and meme edits in the Facebook Group "This Cat Is Grompy" after his initial debut.


Tater Tot first made his debut on the "This Cat Is Grompy" Facebook group[10] on June 29th, 2023, after his caretaker Ash Houghton posted a picture[1] showcasing his disgruntled expression (seen below, left).[1] On July 11th, Houghton posted a picture[2] of Tater Tot showing off the splits he has to wear to fix his malformed front limbs. The post gathered over 6,400 reactions in 10 days (seen below, right).

Ash Houghton ▸ THIS CAT IS GROMPY 29 June at 16:46 Tater Tot had a poopsplosion, which resulted in his first bath. He was displeased. *edit* People have asked to stay updated on this special grumps progress while we work through his cleft palate and malformed leggies. i do have an Instagram account set up for my fosters (currently have 9!) if you would like to follow his journey. @ourfosterbabes 4K : F 373 comments 112 shares Ash Houghton ▸ THIS CAT IS GROMPY 11 July at 12:04 Tater Tot is VERY displeased with the new splints he must wear for the next week. First orthopedic appointment went great! We are hoping this splinting corrects his front leggies. Back leggies won't be able to be really checked until we can get xrays, which will be a few months down the road. And don't worry, I absolutely cried when he came back to me with these casts on his paws... that have paws on them. 6.4K 865 comments 921 shares

On July 13th, Houghton posted another photo[3] showing Tater Tot's new set of splints, gathering over 10,000 reactions in a week (seen below).

Ash Houghton 13 July at 21:14 - Himbs big mad himbs bonkers don't match anymore. 10K ... : 1K comments 2K shares


Tater Tot became the subject of "Photoshop Battles" and memes in the Facebook group This Cat Is Grompy, with Facebook user Alexandra Nessell posting a Tater Tot edit[6] on July 16th, 2023, and gathering over 2,000 likes in four days (seen below, left). Also on July 14th, Facebook user Jair Nunez posted four Tater Tot edits[7] with the caption, "Throwing my hat into the Tater Tot Photoshop battle!" and gathered over 4,000 likes in a week (seen below, right).

Tater Tot w.17 HP tron What will Pikachu do? Pikachu FIGHT POKÉMON HP W.42 83/83 BAG RUN

On July 16th, 2023, Twitter[4] user @Hilary_W reposted two images of Tater Tot with the caption, "I'm in a Facebook group called This cat is G R O M P Y and it's recently been taken over by a rescue kitten called Tater Tot and I am living for it. I am a Tater Tot stan." The post gathered over 200,000 likes in four days (seen below, left). Tater Tot also became the subject of fan art on Twitter, with Twitter[5] user @poorlycatdraw posting art that gathered over 30,000 likes in a day (seen below, right).

Hilary @Hilary_W I'm in a Facebook group called This cat is G R O M P Y and it's recently been taken over by a rescue kitten called Tater Tot and I am living for it. I am a Tater Tot stan. (FKP FREE 5:15 AM. Jul 16, 2023 from Dunbar, Scotland. 12M Views : 26.7K Retweets 1,422 Quotes 226.9K Likes 8,662 Bookmarks poorly drawn cats @poorlycatdraw tater tot 9:13 AM Jul 20, 2023 · 617.5K Views 4,914 Retweets 124 Quotes 39.4K Likes 518 Bookmarks :

On July 19th, 2023, Tater Tot's caretaker posted a video of him to the TikTok[8] account @kittycrusaide, gathering over 1.5 million plays and 300,000 likes in a day (seen below, left). On July 20th, @kittycrusaide posted a video[9] update showing Tater Tot's arm splints being taken off, gathering over 1.3 million plays and 300,000 likes in a day (seen below, right).

@kittycrusaide Tater Tot rides a Harley! 😉 Tater was able to fulfill his lifelong dream of riding a Harley thanks to fan Lucy! @Harley-Davidson #tatertot #spudbud #bonkers #grompycat #TTbonkers #tateronadventure #wherestatertot #rescuekitten #specialneedskitten #specialneeds #specialneedscat #utahfosterpets #fosterpetsoftiktok #kittycrusaide #TT #KCtatertot #motorcycle #harleydavidson #harleydavidsonslc #harleydavidsonlifestyle #tatertotsharleyblanket #harleydavidsonblanket #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #tatertotcat #kitten #catsoftiktok #kittensoftiktok #cat ♬ Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf

@kittycrusaide Tater Tot breaks free from his bonkers! #tatertot #spudbud #bonkers #grompycat #TTbonkers #rescuekitten #specialneedskitten #specialneeds #specialneedscat #utahfosterpets #fosterpetsoftiktok #kittycrusaide #TT #KCtatertot #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #tatertotcat #kitten #catsoftiktok #kittensoftiktok #cat #breakfree #breakfreemoment #hair #cathair #orangetabby #longhairtabby #longhaircat #orangetabbykitten #tatertotshair #lookatmyhair ♬ I Want To Break Free – Remastered 2011 – Queen


On August 2nd, 2023, Tater Tot's caretaker Ash Houghton posted a message in his Facebook group in which she announced that the kitten has passed away earlier that day. The post said that the kitten died suddenly, possibly from a heart condition, after showing signs of pneumonia a few days earlier. The post (shown below) received over 22,000 reactions and 4,400 shares on Facebook[11] in one day, with a Twitter[12] repost gaining over 5,900 retweets and 35,000 likes in the same period.

Ash Houghton 11h Hey Spudbuds, I'm honestly not sure how to start this post, but here it goes. Today, our tiny spud, passed away suddenly in my hands. His energy had been slowly decreasing over the last week or so, and we were hoping it was an illness that antibiotics could treat. He also started showing signs of pneumonia a few days ago, and I had started pneumonia protocol with meds and a nebulizer. I brought up the possibility of a heart condition with our vet, but Tater Tot was too small to have any tests run on him yet. With how sudden his passing was today, I truly think he had an enlarged heart and it just couldn't keep up with him. One moment he was walking around and the next he was gone. ... This tiny little potato has had such a profound impact on my heart, and I am so unbelievably happy I got to share him with the entire world. What started as me sharing some photos of the goofy new foster I had turned into an entire community focused on kindness, humor and compassion. I am astounded at the reach Tater Tot's story had, and I cannot express to you just how incredible it has been to see how he has impacted the world. I hope that his resilience during his short time here continues to inspire people. He was dealt a really tough hand with multiple health concerns, but he didn't let that slow him down. He showed us that even if we have some struggles, there is always something to fight toward. I want to thank every person here who has been in his corner cheering him on. It has been so beautiful to watch millions of people around the world unite over the life of one small little creature. Working in rescue is hard. We put so much love, care, literal blood, sweat and tears into trying to save as many animals as we can - sometimes they just don't make it, and it is devastating. My heart is shattered. This tiny tot was such a joy to care for, even on the days it was hard as hell. Tube feeding a kitten every day for 6 and a half weeks is no easy task, and I definitely bonded with this guy in a way I've never bonded with a foster before. He has left his paw prints on my heart, and I hope he left some tiny paw prints on yours. I am not shutting down this page even though our little grompy potato has crossed the rainbow bridge. His life has helped bring to light the difficulties of working not only in rescue, but caring for animals with disabilities. I want his memory to live on in the stories of other creatures who are built just a little different from others. In closing, I would love it if all of the Spudbuds could make a donation to their local shelter in Tater Tot's honor. Please help his life continue to impact other animals in the world. Thank you for being a part of Tater Tot's journey, and for having such a profound impact on me and our rescue. We never anticipated we would build a whole community, but my goodness, I am glad we did. I will be taking a few days offline. This one really hurt. Tagging admins to watch this post so I can be disconnected for a bit to grieve. Lots of love to you all, Mama Bonker Sara Dani Chase Brim Mollie Tracy 月

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[1] Facebook – This Cat Is Grompy

[2] Facebook – This Cat Is Grompy

[3] Facebook – This Cat Is Grompy

[4]  Twitter – Hilary_W

[5] Twitter – poorlycatdraw

[6] Facebook – This Cat Is Grompy

[7] Facebook – This Cat Is Grompy

[8] TikTok – kittycrusaide

[9] TikTok – kittycrusaide

[10] Facebook – This Cat Is Grompy

[11] Facebook – Tater Tot and His Spudbuds

[12] Twitter – @byeolbangul

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