What Kind of Cat Was Grumpy Cat?

Written by Nixza Gonzalez
Published: February 24, 2024
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During the mid-2010’s, a certain cat took the social media world for a spin. If you were on the internet, and especially using websites like iFunny, you likely ran into Grumpy Cat. This adorable cat though isn’t just any cat, but a specific feline with a resting upset face. But why was this cat grumpy? Who were they, and what kind of cat was Grumpy Cat? Follow along to find out.

Who Was Grump Cat?

Before we dive into what kind of cat is Grumpy Cat, let’s learn more about this internet star. They were born on April 4, 2012, in Arizona. Grumpy Cat’s real name is Tardar Sauce, and she is a female. This silly cat was one of four kittens from a litter. She became famous after being posted on Reddit on September 22, 2012. It took no time for people to fall in love with this strange-looking cat.

But why was she so grumpy? Truthfully, she wasn’t cranky at all but had a face that said otherwise. Tardar Sauce was born with a form of dwarfism. She had a flat face, underbite, and significantly short hind legs. Her funny, grumpy face earned her a lot of publicity. For instance, she was on NBC News’ Today Show, ABC News’ Good Morning America, American Idol, and The Soup.

Sadly, though, she passed away on May 14, 2019, at age 7, after contracting a urinary tract infection.

What Kind of Cat Was Grumpy Cat?

White Persian Cat

Persian cats are long-haired cats known for their round faces.

©dianewphoto/iStock via Getty Images

So, what kind of cat was Grumpy Cat? Tardar Sauce is a mixed-breed cat. She was born to a calico mother and a tabby father. Some internet sources point to her being a mix of Ragamuffin, Persian, and Himalayan cats. Most cats in the United States are considered mixed breeds.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Sjstudio6/Shutterstock.com

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About the Author

Nixza Gonzalez is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering topics like travel, geography, plants, and marine animals. She has over six years of experience as a content writer and holds an Associate of Arts Degree. A resident of Florida, Nixza loves spending time outdoors exploring state parks and tending to her container garden.

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