How Much Money Has Grumpy Cat Made So Far?

Grumpy Cat is a Wealthy Cat

The internet is the best thing to have happened to cats since the ancient Egyptians. The most popular cat in the world right meow is none other than Tardar Sauce. Her first picture was uploaded to the social news site Reddit in 2012. Denizens of the web quickly fell in love with her distinctive expression. She was given the label Grumpy Cat and variations of her pictures, often with sarcastic captions, spread all across the web and turned her into a popular internet meme.

Two years since her internet debut, Tardar Sauce has now made over $114,000,000, according to the CBC. That is more money than most “A” list Hollywood actors including Brad Pitt, and top athletes including Christiano Ronaldo. There is even a Grumpy Cat Christmas themed movie, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, in which she’s voiced by Aubrey Plaza, who is best known for playing April from NBC’s comedy, Parks and Recreation.


Achievements and Recognition

Tardar Sauce has appeared on Good Morning America, The Bachelorette, American Idol, WWE, as well as many other media outlets, including Forbes and Rolling Stones. Thankfully this millionaire megastar has her own “internet cat” agent to schedule all her photo shoots and public appearances. Grumpy Cat’s Facebook page has over 7 million “Likes.” She was named 2012’s most influential cat by MSNBC, and won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Friskies. There is even a book written about her called Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book, and it debuted at #7 on the New York Times Best Seller list. 😯

Tabatha Bundesen is Tardar Sauce’s owner and told the press: “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. What she’s achieved in such a short time is unimaginable.”

Here on freedom 35 blog we’re always discovering clever new ways to reach financial independence and quit our day jobs, just like Grumpy Cat’s owner. I’m not a cat owner myself but I have blogging friends like Alicia, Amanda, Jeremy, and Michelle, who all have feline pets. I wonder if any of them have plans to monetize their pets. 🙂 If you happen to have a cat as well then you might be interested in this apt book titled “How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity: A Guide to Financial Freedom.

Who knew cats could be such a lucrative investment? A few years ago if I were offered to adopt a cat that had been born with feline dwarfism and an underbite I would have said no thank you. But now I realize that the best opportunities can sometimes show up in the most unlikely places. It’s all about the marketing, crowd appeal, and turning a flaw into a one-of-a-kind advantage. 😉

Random Useless Fact:
An internet meme is a piece of media which spreads, often as mimicry of pop culture, from person to person on the web. Below is a compilation of the Grumpy Cat meme.


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12/11/2014 9:41 am

I guess “smelly cat” from Friends in the 90s was the go to cat of the decade. I have to admit, some of those captions are very cynical, funny and true.

08/26/2018 11:37 pm
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I’m really now

Fig @ Figuring Money Out
12/11/2014 10:46 am

I love Grumpy Cat! I knew she was raking in the money but that number is insane!

Fig @ Figuring Money Out
12/16/2014 9:51 am

Oh dear…. HA!

12/12/2014 7:11 am

Wow, unbelievable how much that cat has made! That’s insane. I’ve thought about doing a blog for Maggie because she has to be the weirdest, spastic cat around. And she’s extremely frugal…she hates expensive toys…go figure.

12/12/2014 8:34 am

Grumpy cat is cute 🙂 And the memes are hilarious. Once you go viral, you’re on the map and it can take off from there. Maybe you can make something out of your microscopic organisms. Or you can even design a cute animated character… how about Bye Kitty!! I can collaborate with ya and go to the top!!

12/12/2014 9:55 am

My cats aren’t as unique-looking as Grumpy Cat, so I don’t think I’ll be able to make $114 million. That said, I do have one in the works… right now you’ll just have to settle for my instagram account 😛 I have 2 other websites in the works before the cats make get their own site.

Also, if you have any clever domain names, I’d love to hear them 🙂

12/12/2014 10:50 am

I can’t believe Grumpy Cat has made that much money already! Should totally make our cat famous somehow…

12/13/2014 6:40 am

Its so odd to see what hits and what misses with the internet. Hundreds of other ideas fizzled and grumpy cat was in the right place at the right time. Just crazy


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12/19/2014 1:41 pm

I wish my cats made money! Or at least cleaned up after themselves? 😀

08/26/2018 11:38 pm

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08/26/2018 11:35 pm

Lorenzo Brown and the other is not really a but to be able to do it

02/01/2021 11:33 am

I love grumpy cat

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03/28/2024 2:12 am

Grumpy Cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, became an internet sensation, generating millions through merchandise, book deals, and media appearances. While exact figures are undisclosed, estimates suggest earnings exceeding $100 million, cementing her status as a lucrative feline celebrity. stainless steel litter box