TORONTO – Hundreds of fans swarmed the Toronto Eaton Centre Saturday to get a chance to meet Internet sensation Grumpy Cat who stopped in Toronto as part of her book tour.
Fans waited patiently inside the Indigo store for their chance to buy a copy of the frowning feline’s new book The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations by Grumpy Cat and a purrsonal souvenir, a photo with the grimacing furball.
Grumpy Cat is a full-blown Internet celebrity with more than 5 million Facebook fans and more than 200,000 Twitter followers.
Her mom (or owner) Tabby Bundesen arrived in Toronto with Grumpy Cat, real name Tardar Sauce, to finish off their North American book tour which included stops in Santa Monica, Las Vegas, New York and Skokie, Ill.
Tabby’s brother Bryan Bundesen said the Gumpy Cat phenomenon began two years ago when he posted a picture of the cat to the social media site Reddit.
“Pretty much in the first two or three days we noticed she was really popular,” Bryan Bundesen told Global News. “The first YouTube video had a million and half views within the first 36 hours, and it’s been growing steadily, and quickly since then.”
Grumpy Cat’s sulky facial expression is caused by feline dwarfism and an under bite.
“Everybody just loves her, and when you meet her finally she is such a sweetheart and she’s the polar opposite of the grumpy face everybody sees,” Bundesen said.
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Following her stop in Toronto Grumpy Cat is off to Vancouver where she is set to star in the Lifetime TV movie Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.