What a sourpuss! Tardar Sauce the Grumpy Cat becomes latest Internet sensation
| UPDATED:09:52 GMT, 1 October 2012
Looking at Tardar Sauce the cat, ‘cute’ and cuddly’ are not the first words that come to mind, but that did not stop the grumpy kitty from rising to Internet stardom and unleashing the latest meme craze.
The grouchy cat became an instant hit on social media sites after her owner’s brother uploaded a picture of the sourpuss on Facebook and Reddit.
Within the first 48 hours, Tardar Sauce, also known as Tard, was upvoted more than 25,300 times on Reddit.
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We are not amused: Tardar Sauce the cat”s cranky demeanor catapulted the feline to Internet fame
Are you looking at me Tardar Sauce, also known as Grumpy Cat, is seen glaring at her owner”s brother in a popular YouTube video
Not so grumpy after all: Tardar”s owner said that it is the kitty”s unusual facial features that lend her an annoyed expression
In response to the original post, other users created Photoshopped parodies of the seemingly crabby feline, and the pictures were viewed more than a million times on Imgur.
On September 25, a video was posted online showing Tabatha Bundesen’s brother, Bryan, trying to play with her cat.
However, the severe-looking pet was having none of it, looking away from the pesky human scratching her belly, nipping at his fingers and impassively licking her paws.
Make it stop! The original video of the fierce feline has attracted more than 950,000 views so far
Go ahead, make my day: Tardar”s owner said that the pet has what looks like an under bite, coupled with poor coordination
High-maintenance: The feline lives in a house filled with other cats and dogs, and is cared for by a 10-year-old girl
Since the clip hit YouTube, more than950,000 viewed Tard’s cantankerous antics, apparently finding her flat face with its bulging eyes and protruding lower jaw endlessly fascinating.
Two other brief videos starring the annoyed-looking animal also found a wide audience online.
SomeReddit users got creative with the stern-looking critter, captioning a picture of Tard with statements from the cat’s point of view.
Amongthe most notable examples are: ‘I had fun once. It was awful’; ‘Just put me down’ ; ‘I f***ing hate Mondays’ and ‘That s**t better be Fancy Feast.’
Creative: Many Reddit users created parodies of the seemingly crabby feline with funny captions from Tard”s point of view
Elaborate: A YouTube user by the name Stupidmedia4u posted a clip in which Grumpy Cat is featured in Bjork”s music video
However, like with many online sensations, the truth behind the Grumpy Cat phenomenon is that Tardar Sauce is actually not that grumpy in real life – it’s just her face.
Tard’s owner told Fox News that the kitty has ‘what looks kind of like an under bite.’ However, her natural facial features are not entirely to blame for her permanent frown.
Meme-tastic: Pictures of the grouchy cat were viewed more than a million times on the site Imgur
‘Tardar is not as coordinated as a normal cat, so she is likely a little angry about that,’ Tabatha Bundesen told Fox. ‘I think she likes to be held and petted some times, but being the pet of a 10-year -old could make anyone grumpy.’
And perhaps it’s no wonder that Tardar appears ticked off: she lives in a house full of other critters in Morristown, Arizona, including five of her feline relatives and three dogs.
Bizarre: One user superimposed the face of actor Nicholas Cage over Tardar”s scowl, while another replaced the kitty”s face with that of the botched Jesus fresco from a Spanish church
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