Meet the cats behind memes: Grumpy cat and Smudge Lord

Ah, memes… Who doesn’t enjoy chilling and scrolling through endless sea of memes? Even though there are tons of great meme templates, let’s dig into cats memes and history behind them.

Cat behind Grumpy cat meme

How it all started…

Grumpy cat meme

First in our list is beloved Grumpy cat. His name is Tardar Sauce, a snowshoe cat who became famous after photos of his iconic face were posted to the /r/pics subreddit by owner’s brother Bryan on September 23rd, 2012. The Reddit post was instantly met with photoshopped parodies and memes, reaching the front page with loads of up votes in the first 24 hours. Meanwhile, the Imgur page gained more than 1 million views in the first 48 hours. The same day, three video clips of the cat playing indoors were uploaded to YouTube by owner the same day.

Spread of the meme

Later that same day when pictures of Tardar Sauce were posted, BuzzFeed reblogged the images in a post titled “This Cat Is Not Impressed“. It became so popular, the next day owner’s brother submitted a follow up post titled “Since everyone liked Grumpy Cat here are a few more“. Within 48 hours of the original post, more than 300 posts associated with the keyword “Grumpy Cat” were submitted to Reddit.

It’s safe to say that Grumpy Cat went viral. He was featured on many animal photo blogs and humor sites all over the internet. On September 27th, was created as the official homepage for Grumpy Cat, blogging videos, images and news that mentions the cat. On October 3rd, official twitter account was created(@RealGrumpyCat). As of June 18th, 2020, his official Facebook page is liked by whooping 8,365,509 people.

Sadly, On May 17th, 2019, the official social media accounts for Grumpy Cat announced that Grumpy Cat died at age seven after contacting a urinary tract infection.

Woman yelling at a cat

This meme is actually made up from two separate images. It features a screen cap of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast members Taylor Armstrong and Kyle Richards followed by a picture of a confused-looking cat sitting behind a dinner plate. This meme format gained huge popularity in mid-June of 2019 and the cat was later identified as Smudge, the Cat.

Smudge, the cat

Smudge, the Cat, also known as Cat at Dinner Table. You can find him on Instagram@smudge_lord!  He is a beautiful and cute white cat who rose to fame online for appearing in a photograph seated in front of a salad plate from the meme you see on the right.

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