Skip to comments.Grumpy Cat Gets Generous [w/pic, video]
Posted on 01/05/2013 1:18:44 AM PST by Slings and Arrows
Tardar, AKA Grumpy closely resembles a Snowshoe cat. However, she is not a true Snowshoe, since her mother is a domestic shorthair calico and her father has gray and white stripes. And while the eight-month old kitten may be wearing a permanent scowl, the huge number of videos featuring this very unique kitty (whose appearance is, to say the least, quite unusual), has put a huge grin on the faces of the millions of cat lovers who have made her into one of the most shining feline stars on the Internet.
While her veterinarian suspects that her shape and size may point in the direction of a neurological or genetic condition, which testing could confirm, since she is in excellent health, her guardians dont want to subject her to any further prodding or poking. This said she will be receiving regular checkups to monitor any changes in her health.
No matter what, Grumpys perpetual frown has nothing to do with her disposition. According to Animal Tracks one of her guardians, Arizona resident Tabatha Bundesen claims that most of the time Tardar is really a sweet little feline with a fetching purrsonality. Tabathas daughter thought that the kittys speckled coat color looked like Tartar sauce. But although her daughter misspelled the word, and wrote her name down as Tardar, the moniker stuck like glue and now she is affectionately called Tard.
Grumpy became an Internet sensation overnight; and quite by accident. After her photo was posted on Reddit, in September, many folks insinuated that it had been photoshopped. To prove that Grumpy was for real, the family posted several videos of her on YouTube.
This adorable feline isnt just another Internet fad. According to an announcement on her very own website, Grumpy Cats, (which has been averaging between 16,000 and 32, 000 unique hits a day), she recently made an appearance on the NBCs "Today Show." Look out Simons Cats! This grumpy kitty could become even more popular than the famous British cartoon.
Thankfully Grumpys newfound fame has not gone to her head. She is very concerned about the huge number of unwanted kitties ending up in shelters. To help prevent growing overpopulation she cannot more strongly stress the importance of neutering and spaying.
Grumpy is also donating a portion of the proceeds of the sale of her wide assortment of T-shirts, mugs, and holiday cardsavailable on her websiteto various charities. Her very first donation went to 4 Paws Rescue, a no-kill shelter in Youngstown Arizona near where she lives.
Take a moment to meet Grumpy up close and purrsonal by watching the video uploaded to YouTube by SevereAvoidance. It already has received over 4 million hits!
Can't get too much Tardar Sauce!
I am so glad we have the internet for sharing cat pics/vids these days. What did we ever do to indulge our cat habits before then?
Love lil Grumpy cat!
OT: I, too, have a grumpy cat...in fact 2 of them. but in our case they are grumpy because 'The Kids', our twin 9 month old kittens are bugging them! Who knew the 2 year old Ragdoll would be the disciplinarian? heh
One can never have too much Tardar Sauce or her brother Pokey!
I want a Tardar T shirt myself.
Thank you for posting the story behind the grump!
Is it just me or does this cat dislike Obama?
Yeah, Grumpy Cat does resemble my Whitey, who I lost in October, she was a half-Snowshoe (I might have seen her father running around one time) since her mother, Spunky, is grey and white American Shorthair. BTW, Whitey hissed at Bronco Bama on TV and swatted the screen when he came on one time.
I am FB friends with Tard, LOL! His owners posts are hilarious!
It’s a sign of the Apocalypse.
The theological implications are staggering.
That makes two of us.
Hugh Jackman, eat your heart out!
A cat of impeccable taste. RIP, ma’am.
That’s animal abuse. ;^)
Our cat, Paws, was always frowning. I asked her why she was always so glum.
“Because if I killed you, which I should, there wouldn’t be anyone to change my cat box.”
Quite a conundrum, there.
Poor kitteh...wait a minute.
Grumpy Cat sez, “I iz smilin on teh insied, dammit!”
Haha, that explains a lot. ;-)
It all makes sense now...
They *think* the father was gray and white, but since litters can be fathered by multiple toms they’ll never know for sure. A purebred daddy could explain the coloration and possible defects as well. Maybe he was some Inbred Jed of the cat world.
Understood. All my cats are former strays; I’ve often suspected that their genetic trees are missing a few forks.
P. S. I’ve seen a video of Tardar Sauce walking, and I’m pretty sure she has some hip dysplasia.
I know, in all the pictures I’ve seen of her sitting, she looks all floppy. Poor little thing.
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