Grumpy cat, or Tardar Sauce as she is lesser-known by, made her fortune on her own. Reports that Tardar Sauce was worth 100 million dollars were exaggerated, but her owners won’t say exactly how much Tardar Sauce has earned since becoming an Internet sensation. Tardar Sauce earned somewhere in the low six figure range in the Spring of 2013 after enjoying her first six months of fame. Those who have seen her image constantly on social media and on merchandise in the years since can only imagine how much more she has earned.
Tardar Sauce’s owner, Tabatha Bundesen, thought she simply had an unusual cat with a perpetually grumpy face. The cause of Tardar Sauce’s constant grimace is an under bite combined with feline dwarfism. What might have been considered a defect in any other cat, was embraced with enthusiasm after Tabatha’s brother, Bryan Bundesen, photographed sister’s cat and shared it on Reddit.
Like a Cinderella story adapted for cats, Tardar Sauce’s image went viral with cynical and amusing reflections on life, such as “I love math it makes people cry.” and “Like a good neighbor stay over there.” Soon after Tardar Sauce’s rise to fame Tabatha gave up waiting tables at Red Lobster to help manage Tardar Sauce’s career full-time. Some have wondered if they could replicate the breed and create more grumpy cats, but Tardar Sauce was born to a single Calico mother and an unknown father. In addition, Tardar Sauce’s other littermates apparently didn’t have the under bite or feline dwarfism; she is a one-in-a-million girl!
There was significant buzz over Grumpy Cat starting in 2012, with appearances on various television shows and her own book. Noted celebrity cat lover and star of The Vampire Diaries, Ian Somerhalder, did a photoshoot with Grumpy Cat and said that she was very “peaced out and sweet as pumpkin pie.” Grumpy Cat was even featured on Friskies’ YouTube Game Show and later became the “spokescat” for the brand. The owners of Grumpy Cat have not disclosed how much this iconic feline is worth, but it is definitely within the millions range.