Grumpy Cat steals the show at SXSW

Grumpy Cat in all her glory. Credit: Facebook
Grumpy Cat in all her glory.
Credit: Facebook

The SXSW music, film and interactive festival has many high-profile attendees, including keynote speaker Tina Roth Eisenberg, but the biggest hit so far has been a furry friend.

Grumpy Cat is stirring things up in Austin, Texas.

The cat became an Internet sensation last fall with photos of her grouchy face going viral. Now, Grumpy Cat is holding court during SXSW at the Mashable House, a lounge run by the tech-news website.

According to CNN.com, people have been waiting in lines that snake around the block for hours just to get their picture taken with the cat.

Grumpy Cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, is an 11-month-old mixed breed that lives in Morristown, Arizona. While fans waiting to take a picture with her, she mainly slept. When she was awake, she certainly did not smile in pictures.

“People keep asking if we sedate her,” Bryan Bundesen, one of her handlers told CNN. Don’t worry cat lovers, the answer is no.

Grumpy Cat’s fame skyrocketed in September when Bundesen posted some photos of her on the social-news site, Reddit. The Grumpy Cat Facebook pge now boasts almost 500,000 ‘likes.’

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