NEW YORK —
Grumpy is happy and extremely chill, with a reputation for falling asleep during interviews and seeking out dark corners to hide in.
If it hadn't been for Bryan slapping her photos on Reddit in late 2012, then following up with videos after their authenticity was questioned, Tardar might never have become a phenom.
"People said her face was Photoshopped," he said, so they took to YouTube to prove otherwise, earning about 1.5 million views overnight.
Now, Grumpy's YouTube channel has over 25 million views and 200,000 subscribers, with some wondering in comment threads whether the cat's calmness might be of the medicinal variety.
"It is absolutely unheard of to even think of drugging this kitty," Tabatha debunked.
While Grumpy has cashed in on Internet stardom, the field is far more crowded today. Any up-and-comers she has her eye on?
"There are a lot of cats on the Internet but there's no competition," a good-natured Bryan said. "She has the grumpy market cornered. All the other cats can have the happy, funny stuff."