Grumpy Cat became an internet sensation after her photo was posted on Reddit on September 22, 2012 and her popularity has since spawned a whole industry.
That industry is now in question after Grumpy Cat died Tuesday of a urinary infection.
We are unimaginably heartbroken to announce the loss of our beloved Grumpy Cat. Despite care from top professionals, as well as from her very loving family, Grumpy encountered complications from a recent urinary tract infection that unfortunately became too tough for her to overcome. She passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday May 14 at home in the arms of her mommy Tabatha.
Despite being our baby and a cherished member of the family, Grumpy Cat helped millions of people smile all around the world–even when times were tough
Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere.
Some people suggested that the original photo posted in 2012 was faked but Grumpy Cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, turned out to be the real deal. Tardar Sauce’s family posted videos on YouTube and the videos went viral and her popularity has continued to increase.
Her family said Tardar Sauce visits the vet regularly. Her family said her Tardar Sauce’s petite size and famous face is likely due to feline dwarfism and her rear end wobbles a bit when she walks due to this; otherwise she is a perfect little kitty!
She is not a munchkin cat and was not bred purposefully from other munchkin cats. (We don’t breed kitty’s and her parents are normal sized domestic short hair cats.)
Also, a quick note on Grumpy Cat’s wellbeing. We take great care of Tardar Sauce; 99% of the time she is a normal kitty. She plays, hides, and acts as cats act. (She LOVES to hide behind the curtains!) She isn’t in front of a camera all of the time like many people perceive. We only take photos sets once every week or so and on the few occasions where we have met with the media or licensed partners we ensure the sessions are short and that she isn’t handled by many people. Tardar Sauce is a member of the family before anything else!