Published September 28, 2012
Some people are just born angry. And so too, it seems, are some cats.
Well, not quite.
A cat named Tardar Sauce, or "Tard" for short, has become Internet-famous for its astoundingly grumpy face.
According to Knowyourmeme.com, Tardar Sauce, now known as Grumpy Cat, rose to Internet fame after his photo was uploaded to social networking sites Facebook and Reddit.
Within the first 48 hours, the cat was upvoted more than 25,300 times on Reddit, and the pictures were viewed more than a million times on Imgur.
So is Tard really such a grump? The answer, according to her owner Tabatha Bundesen of Morristown, Ariz., is no. That’s just her face.
“Tardar has what looks kind of like an under bite. She looked unique, as did her brother, at birth, with a flat face, bubble eyes, and a short tail,” says Tabatha, when asked what gives Tardar her signature scowl, although she admits that genetics may not be the only reason for Tardar’s permanent frown.
“Tardar is not as coordinated as a normal cat, so she is likely a little angry about that. I think she likes to be held and petted some times, but being the pet of a 10 year old could make anyone grumpy.”
Aside from Tabatha, Tardar lives with her mother Callie, brother Pokey, three new born siblings, a dog brother called Shaggy, a dog sister called Honey, a dog grandmother called Raven, and her 10-year-old co-owner Chyrstal Bundesen.
Tabatha says that when Chyrstal met Tardar, it was love at first site.
“Chyrstal, my daughter attached to her instantly. I usually give our kittens away, but she put a hefty price tag on this little one. Any one who responded to my ad for the cats were rudely informed by Chyrstal that Tardar was not a free kitty.”
Tardar Sauce's favorite foods are mice and tuna.
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