Grumpy Cat Has Died at Age 7. What Was Her Net Worth?

The internet’s most famous cat has died. Grumpy Cat, whose unamused expression powered a seemingly endless number of memes, passed away on May 14 in the arms of her “mommy.” The cause was complications from a urinary tract infection, according to a statement from her official Twitter account. She was 7 years old.

“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,” the statement read. “Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere.”

How Grumpy Cat became famous

Grumpy Cat’s went from normal housecat to viral sensation in 2012, after the brother of her owner Tabatha Bundsen posted a picture of the feline on Reddit. Her uniquely unamused face quickly captured the attention of the internet, as people slapped captions on her photo, like “I had fun once. It was awful.”

In real life, Grumpy Cat — whose real name was Tardar Sauce — was not actually grumpy. She actually suffered from feline dwarfism, which caused her to look perpetually displeased. “She is a super cute and cuddly kitty and loves to be held and rubbed!” her owners explained on the cat’s website.

Grumpy Cat was very rich

Rather than settling for a brief flash of internet fame, Bundsen managed to turn Grumpy Cat’s celebrity into a thriving business.

The shop on the Grumpy Cat website includes nearly 900 items, according to the New York Times. She also starred in a Lifetime movie, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, with Aubrey Plaza providing the voice of Grumpy Cat, appeared in an ad for Honey Nut Cheerios, and was a “spokescat” for Friskies brand cat food. Her 2013 book, Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book, was a best-seller, and her image appeared on calendars, postcards, coffee mugs, phone cases, and other products.

In 2014, a report claimed that Grumpy Cat had a net worth of $100 million. However, Bundsen told the Huffington Post that the number was “completely inaccurate.” However, it’s clear that she was a valuable kitty. A copyright infringement lawsuit in 2018 ended in a $710,000 award for Bundsen.

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Grumpy Cat poses on the set as she makes her Broadway debut in Cats in 2016 | Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

While Grumpy Cat might not have been worth nine figures, she was successful enough to allow her owner to quit her job and focus on Grumpy Cat’s various ventures.

“What she’s achieved in such a short time is unimaginable and absolutely mind-blowing,” Bundesen told the Daily Express in 2014. “I was able to quit my job as a waitress within days of her first appearance on social media and the phone simply hasn’t stopped ringing since.”  

While Grumpy Cat’s exact net worth isn’t known, it seems likely that she was one of the richest pets in the world. At the time of her death, she had 2.5 million followers on Instagram and 1.52 million followers on Twitter. More than 8 million people followed her on Facebook.

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