Grumpy Cat has taken the internet meme world by storm
Grumpy Cat, real name Tardar Sauce, has feline dwarfism. This, her owners have said, accounts for her distinctive facial features and small size.
She became an internet celebrity in September 2012, when her owners posted photos showing her in all her disgruntled glory on the r/pics sub-Reddit.
Users on the platform immediately reacted by posting countless Photoshopped variations on the original, while the photo’s Imgur page reached 1,030,000 views in its first 48 hours.
On the same day, her owners posted video clips of Tardar Sauce on YouTube, which racked up millions of views.
Her popularity was sealed by her participation at the South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. People stood in line for hours to get their pictures taken with her to post on their Instagram accounts, while she mostly ignored her fans.
CNN, among others, called her the festival’s biggest star.
Since arriving on the social media scene, Grumpy Cat has become such a cultural phenomenon that she has inspired art projects, perfumes, merchandise, Skechers shoes, comics, and even a “Grumppuccino” coffee.
She has also worked as the official “spokescat” for Friskies, and appeared on several US TV shows, including Today and Good Morning America.
Grumpy Cat has a loyal following of over 2 million followers on Instagram, where her followers can keep up to date with her daily life and share their own memes. If you would like to learn more about how to go about building a dedicated Instagram following like Grumpy Cat, you can find plenty of helpful resources on the Nitreo website.
At the time of writing, over 1.4 million posts with the hashtag #GrumpyCat have been shared on Instagram.
For now though, take a look at our pick of 31 of the best Grumpy Cat memes.
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