(excerpt from Daily Mail) Thanks to a single photo posted on an internet site last year, the world’s most feted feline has her own manager, her own lawyer and a burly minder to keep fans from cramping her rather unique style during public appearances.
[...] Grumpy Cat is his big star and the commercial tie-ins show no sign of slowing. She has become the spokescat for Friskies, a popular U.S. catfood brand, and her book, Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book, made the prestigious New York Times bestseller list. T-shirt sales currently stand at more than 100,000 and Christmas cards at 35,000.
From next month, Grumppuccino coffee will go on sale across America and shops have pre-ordered around 100,000 Grumpy Cat soft toys for Christmas. According to New York Magazine, which put Grumpy on its cover last week, the cat is now worth $1 million (£619,000), although given the hysteria, that figure seems a little low.
Owner Tabatha’s not moving to a Palm Beach mansion just yet, but she has been able to leave her job as a waitress at the Red Lobster seafood restaurant chain so she can travel with Grumpy.
She also owns Grumpy’s brother, Pokey, who — in a confusing twist — looks more benign but is actually the more bad-tempered of the pair.
Ms Bundesen has her own light-hearted theories as to why Grumpy might look the way she does. ‘She is not as coordinated as a normal cat, so she is likely a little angry about that.’ She also pointed out that Grumpy technically belongs to her daughter, Chrystal, and that being the pet of an 11-year-old ‘could make anyone grumpy’.
Kia Kamran, Grumpy Cat’s lawyer, and thus responsible for protecting her intellectual property rights, wouldn’t comment on what his client earns. (read full article)