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.