Grumpy Cat, The Most Famous Kitty Sensation On The Internet, Passes Away At 7 Years Old

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

Grumpy Cat, the grumpiest and most beloved cat on the internet, passed away this week. She was 7 years old.

Grumpy Cat and her unique frowning face first rose to fame back in 2012. She quickly gained millions of fans all over the world.

Grumpy’s human, Tabatha Bundesen, announced the beloved kitty’s death on Twitter on Friday morning.

“We are unimaginably heartbroken to announce the loss of our beloved Grumpy Cat,” Tabatha wrote. Her post provided details:

“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.”

Tabatha also paid homage to Grumpy Cat’s ability to make people smile no matter what. Indeed, her announcement already has over 10,000 heartbroken replies from Grumpy Cat fans.

This special cat, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, will not soon be forgotten!

Grumpy Cat’s adorably curmudgeonly face made her into one of the most famous cats in the world and one of the early viral sensations on the internet. She originally rose to fame after her photo was posted on Reddit in 2012.

Some people suspected that the photo had been Photoshopped, so Grumpy Cat’s humans decided to post some videos of her to YouTube.

She soon gained over a million views, and she had over 8 million followers on Facebook alone.

Grumpy Cat’s humans suspected that her unique face was due to feline dwarfism, as she was also very small. They didn’t know, however, what breed Grumpy Cat was.


Grumpy Cat’s mom was a calico domestic shorthair cat, and her father had gray and white stripes, but Grumpy Cat didn’t look like either. She was born in 2012.


Amazingly, Grumpy Cat was NOT actually very grumpy at all.

“She is a super cute and cuddly kitty and loves to be held and rubbed!” her humans wrote.


Tragically, Grumpy Cat recently encountered some health issues. She developed a urinary tract infection, which led to complications.


At 5 a.m. on Friday morning, Grumpy Cat’s humans announced that she had died. The complications “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,” the post says.

“Besides being our baby and a cherished member of the family, Grumpy Cat has 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.”

Indeed, Grumpy Cat’s frowning face had the opposite effect on pretty much everyone who ever set eyes on her.

Twitter is reacting with heartfelt emotion to the sad news.

“I’m heartbroken. Sending you all my startled love,” another famous internet cat, Curious Zelda, wrote.

“Rest in peace you amazing feline, you will be missed,” another user wrote.

“Omg I loved grumpy cat,” another user wrote.

That user’s mom made a Grumpy Cat birthday cake one year — a testament to just how many lives this little kitty affected!

Grumpy Cat’s influence was wide. She once participated at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, and people stood in line for hours just to get a photo with her.

Her lovable face will live on in many ways. It appears on T-shirts, shoes, comics, perfumes, and other items. She was even the official spokescat for Friskies.

Rest in peace, Grumpy Cat!