A grumpy looking cat has become an internet star with legions of adoring fans after pictures posted online by her owners went viral.
“Tard”, short for Tardar (Tartar) Sauce, belongs to proud Arizona resident Tabatha Bundesen, who has been left amazed by her cat’s ever-growing online stardom.
The less-than-impressed-looking snowshoe puss became an online legend after her owner’s brother uploaded a picture on user-generated news site Reddit, where the image was incredibly upvoted more than 25,300 times within 48 hours.
Now, fans of the 9-month old have documented the feline’s fury by creating Photoshopped parodies of the sourpuss, with many hilarious results having been unleashed by a new meme frenzy online.
However, Tard’s owner Tabatha told Fox News that the misunderstood feline is less miserable than she looks, saying it’s just how her face is.
She said Tard, who’s famous features have now even spawned a t-shirt with her face on it, has “what looks kind of like an under bite.
Considering her brother Pokey is equally sulky-looking, Tard is arguably less judgmental than she seems – with her features seemingly just being a result of unfortunate genetics.
Speaking about Tard’s features when she was born Tabatha said: “She looked unique, as did her brother, at birth, with a flat face, bubble eyes, and a short tail.
“Tardar is not as coordinated as a normal cat, so she is likely a little angry about that,” Tabatha also 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.”
The world-famous miserable moggy has now featured on numerous animal photo blogs and internet humor sites, as well as launching her own official Twitter account, @RealGrumpyCat, where fans can have regular updates on the scornful star.
Her owners have also launched a series of Christmas cards just in time for the festive season, which proclaim cheerful statements like “You know what’s great about the holidays? Nothing” and “Bah humbug!”
Those who purchase the cards on Tard’s official website will be donating a portion of the profit to a pet charity that Grumpy Cat fans chose.