Grumpy Cat Taught Us to Love Cats of All Personalities

Grumpy Cat revolutionized the way we think about cats. Not only was she the original pet social media star, but she also showed us how lovable all cats are — regardless of whether they fit into the mold of a “sociable” cat.

Tragically, Grumpy Cat died May 14 due to complications from a urinary tract infection. At only 7 years old, her death shocked fans throughout the world. Although her death has left many sorrowful, it gives us the opportunity to celebrate all cats — the affectionate ones, the shy ones and even the grumpy ones.

Working at a cat rescue, I learned a lot about what potential adopters wanted in a cat. Some people preferred young, energetic kittens while others wanted a laid-back companion. But most everyone seemed to agree they liked outgoing, social cats. Many adopters came into the rescue and told us they wanted a cat who would pick them — a cat who would just walk into their laps and claim them as their new owner.

I would make it a point to show potential adopters our less-adoptable cats — the shy and feisty ones who needed a little time to grow comfortable with people before they showed their lovable and hilarious personalities. Most adopters would politely spend a few minutes with these cats before moving on to the outgoing cats.

As someone who spent hours socializing and working with the less-adoptable cats, it was heartbreaking to watch them get passed over time and time again. Sure, they might not have been the type to cuddle up on your chest, but they were sweet individuals capable of giving so much love in their own special way.

One of my favorite cats was born on the street and did not learn how to socialize with humans until later in life. He did not understand the concept of cuddling but instead showed his love by loudly screaming in your face. These cats truly enchanted me. The more time I spent with them, the more comfortable they felt — and the more I was able to uncover about their personalities.

When Grumpy Cat first rose to popularity in 2012, she challenged our assumptions on the ideal cat. Far from being a social companion, Grumpy Cat became iconic for her disgruntled frowny face. She charmed us with her perceived indifference and distaste for everything.

Grumpy Cat showed us that all cat personalities are adoptable and something to be celebrated. Although it is perfectly fine for adopters to know they want an outgoing cat, if they spend some time getting to know the overlooked cats they might just end up falling in love with one of them.

Just like Grumpy Cat, the shy and feisty cats living at shelters and rescues throughout the country deserve a loving home — and maybe even social media fandom of their own.

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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Leanne K
Leanne K16 days ago

Grumpy cat encouraged people to breed and buy certain breeds. Humans are rotten. Pets have to look and act a certain way. Too many animals die because of it. Time we introduced compulsory desexing

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Angeles Madrazo21 days ago

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Isabel A25 days ago

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Marija M25 days ago

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Ruth S25 days ago

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