Tardar Sauce was one of a litter of four kittens born to a calico mother and a blue-and-white tabby putative father at the home of her owner, Tabatha Bundesen of Morristown, Arizona. The Bundesens said that Tardar Sauce's face appeared grumpy because the feline had a form of dwarfism. Though the mother and father were described as "normal-sized domestic short-hair cats", Tardar Sauce was undersized and had hind legs that are "a bit different". Both she and her brother, Pokey, were born with "a flat face, bubble eyes, and a short tail". Although she had a "grumpy" appearance and was called "Grumpy Cat", according to the Bundesens, "Ninety-nine percent of the time she is just a regular cat."
The newly christened "Grumpy Cat" was also featured on numerous animal photo blogs and internet humor sites, including The Daily What, Paw Nation, The Meta Picture and Eat Liver on September 24th and UpRoxx, Daily of the Day, The Huffington Post and FunnyJunk on September 25th. Some commenters even went onto draw comparisons between Tard's facial expression and other well-known stern-looking fictional characters like Ron Swanson (Parks & Recreation) and Dwight Schrute (The Office). In addition to its growing presence on Reddit, Facebook and YouTube, more image macros and pictures of "Tard" can be found on Tumblr under the tag #grumpy cat. In addition, Grumpy Cat T-shirt merchandises are available for purchase on Clothes That Kill.
Following the news of Tardar Sauce's death Twitter users posted pictures of their own grumpy cats in memory using the hashtag #TweetAGrumpyFaceForGrumpy. Twitter user @myleftfang's picture received over 2,900 likes in a day (shown below, left). Twitter users @MollieM75164454 and @JoviLifer also posted popular cat pictures which gained over 800 and 100 likes respectively (shown below, right).
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