Ian Somerhalder holds Grumpy Cat: who is cuter the cat or the dude?

You guys know Grumpy Cat. She’s the latest meme, having hit the big time in September when her owners posted a photo of her adorable permanently frowny face on Reddit. She’s an 11 month old mixed breed named Tardar Sauce who suffers from feline dwarfism, which is the reason she always looks like she’s mad. Her health is fine, though, and her owners say she is a “healthy and happy cat.” She’s also an incredibly famous one. There’s a Grumpy Cat website, a twitter account, merchandise and plenty of amusing sayings accompanying her furry scowl.

Grumpy Cat flew first class to SXSW, where she graced the Mashable tent for a little while as fans lined up around the block to see her. There were about 600 people waiting to pet this sweet little cat, and Mashable has a video with interviews with some of them. People were really stoked to see her, and one of her human fans was none other than Ian Somerhalder of The Vampire Diaries. Ian posted the photo about to Twitter, and it’s just so amazing I had to share. If you can’t get enough of lovely Ian and that little feline, there are more photos here.

CNN and Yahoo! OMG have declared Grumpy Cat “the star” of SXSW and “the biggest celebrity” there. She’s certainly the cutest one, and I have to say that Ian, as unconventionally beautiful as he is, pales in comparison.

In case you’re worried about Tardar’s health and if she’s holding up well while she’s being pawed by scores of adoring humans, her co-owner Bryan Bundesen says we shouldn’t be concerned.A lot of people think we are exploiting the cat, we limit her exposure greatly. She is only here for an hour at a time. Ninety-nine percent of the time she is just a regular cat. She is not front of the camera at all times, she is a normal house cat and we love her.” As do so many other people. Awww.

Tardar has scored a plumb endorsement deal. She’ll be starring in a new commercial for Friskies.

Oh and here’s a hot photo of Ian Somerhalder on the cover of Origin Magazine, but he’s not the true star of this post.

Some fan photos with Tardar! Credit: Danielle

Credit: Blazenhoff

Credit: Blazenhoff

Header image via Buzzfeed. Origins cover via JustJared

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  1. Oops says:

    the cat, I want to punch his face, I find him pretentious, I just can’t

    • marie says:

      ha, completely agree.

      a while back when his show first started taping here a caller called into the radio station I listen to and wanted to meet Ian (take him on a date or something) he told the station that he was engaged and his fiancee wouldn’t approve. shortly after he started dating Nina. I get not wanting to go out with a listener, cause that’s creepy anyway but I think he should have been honest. I have not liked him since, think he’s a tool..

    • j.eyre says:

      Reading before my first cup of coffee never turns out well – I thought you wanted to punch the cat in the face. I scrolled up to the napping photos and thought “we’ll, ok. Maybe a little pretentious.”

      Swing away at Ian.

    • Abby says:

      Had to re-read the title. I’m so glad you don’t want to punch the cat!

    • Oops says:

      yes I know it was not very clear, a client called me and disturbed me… 🙂

    • Jill says:

      I want to punch the cat in the face too.

    • jaye says:

      @Oops…I thought you were saying you wanted to punch the cat in the face. LOL

  2. i'm french don't kill me says:

    the cat looks like Tommy Lee Jones

  3. Ailine says:


  4. allons-y alonso says:

    Forget that Somerhalder dude, I love Tadar Sauce. She is my favorite meme. Exhibit A:


    • T.Fanty says:

      Hahahahaha! I was leaning towards the non-sparkly vampire, but you just sold me.

      Apparently, it is a good week to be a small and adorable creature.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        T Fanty-the internet is a goldmine for all things grumpy cat and they are all HYSTERICAL.
        Seriously, they make me crack up every time.

    • LadyMTL says:

      Yeah, the cat by miles. Whenever I’m in a bad mood I just go and look up Grumpy Cat posts and voila! Good mood restored through the power of laughter.

      Plus, Tardar Sauce is an amazing name!

    • allons-y alonso says:

      @T.Fanty I was thinking the same thing. 🙂

      @TheOriginalKitten and LadyMTL: Grumpy cat always turns a bad day into a hilarious one

  5. LittleDeadGirl says:

    He’s hot as hell but seems incredibly pretentious and rude. That being said, I’d hit it …

  6. Hillshmill says:

    I love Grumpy Cat and would definitely stand in line to meet her.

  7. brin says:

    Love that cat’s puss!

  8. emmie_a says:

    I would much rather snuggle with Grumpy Cat than pretty boy.

  9. Syko says:

    The cat, hands down.

  10. TheOriginalKitten says:

    YES!! I am so happy you covered this! I saw it last night (my friends and I have a grumpy cat obsession) and I noticed this guy’s instagram profile pic was of him holding a cat.

    After googling “Ian Somerholder and cats” I realized his cat obsession and I now love him, even though I have no idea who he is. Men who love cats are too rare.

    • Isa says:

      I adore grumpy cat!!! He never gets old!

    • Birthday Loan Officer says:

      I also have a soft spot for men who love cats. Did you see the picture of Ian kissing Grumpy Cat? So adorable!

    • Emma13 says:

      He loves cats?! I’ll like him, but that kitty is cuter. I love her so much. She’s so tiny and even with her angry little face she manages to look happy. I wanna pet her too 🙁

    • Mrs. O says:

      @theoriginalkitten: I just googled the same thing and holy crap! That guy cuddles a lot of cats!

  11. OhDear says:

    Grumpy Cat and Winston (http://www.peoplepets.com/people/pets/article/0,,20493389,00.html) need to meet.

    • emmie_a says:

      Ha! Great video. I don’t know what I love more — Winston’s attitude or his adorable furry face!!!

  12. keelee says:

    Is it just me, or is he wearing eyeliner?

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      I saw some pics where he looked like he was wearing blush AND eyeliner 🙁

      • Esmom says:

        I’m not a fan of his but my son and I are watching Lost so he’s been on my radar. I think he has the kind of skin that blushes/flushes easily (which I love, Prince Harry is another example). And his dark lashes with his light eyes might just look like guyliner?

        Not sure why I feel compelled to defend him…my son voted him “character I care about the least” on Lost.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Ha ha…guyliner..that’s awesome. I thought it could be natural cheek-flushing as well. It was hard to tell…

        I forgot he was on Lost.

    • TQB says:

      Hey! Some of us are HUGE guyliner fans!

    • GoodCapon says:

      In the top photo he doesn’t seem to be wearing eyeliner… he just has thick and long eyelashes. I’d kill for those.

  13. jinni says:

    I find Ian to be on the same level of creepy as BCoop. With him, I can understand that each of his features are attractive, but for some reason all of them together make him look like an evil Rob Lowe. He looks like a sleazy guy, that tries to score with under aged girls and eventually pimps them out once he’s got them to fall for him. Like BCoop, he looks like the villain in a Lifetime movie.

    • Joanna says:

      see, I know a lot of people feel that way. I don’t get it, I think bcoop and this guy are sooo hot. esp ian. i think people just aren’t used to light light blue eyes and it trips them out. i love dark hair and light eyes on guys, so ian can eat crackers in my bed anytime.

      • jinni says:

        In my case I don’t think it’s about not being used to guys with light eyes. I actually tend to like the contrast of dark hair and light eyes on a man or woman, though I do prefer brown eyes above all other colors . It’s more the look in their eyes/eye shape than the color itself.

  14. GoodCapon says:

    Cat > Ian

  15. Hubbahun says:

    What’s Damon doing with Jeremy Renner? (Haha, I jest!) And I’ll have both please1 Love me a bit of Somerhalder 😀

    • TheOriginalKitten says:


      Oh my god…I love Renner but I definitely see the resemblance. Poor Grumpy-she’s girl kitty!

    • Marigold says:

      Holy crap. That is an amazing observation. Well done.

  16. Dorothy#1 says:

    Omg love Ian, I just started watching vampire diaries and I am obsessed! He is so hot. The cat is cute too. 🙂

  17. Pants says:

    Is the cuteness even in question?? Clearly Grumpy Cat takes all the awards, Somerhalder is just kinda creepy if you ask me.

  18. serena says:

    Awwwwwwwww omg she’s so cute, I would have loved to pet her too.. sigh

  19. TQB says:

    I am shocked and appalled by the Somerhalder hate. Sure, the cat is cuter, but that’s because it’s the cutest freakin’ cat ever.

    I mean, I don’t want to sound like a 13 year old fangirl (because I’m a 38 year old fangirl) but Somerhalder is an amazingly kind and generous person. He tirelessly promotes animal welfare causes and rescues, environmental protection and started a foundation to support the clean up from the gulf oil spill. Trust me, his Twitter is actually excruciatingly boring for how nice and grateful he is all the time. He’s like the anti-Damon in real life.

    • TQB says:

      oh and he’s also incredibly hot.

    • DreamyK says:


      Ian is Gideon Cross from Bared to You. I can’t unsee it.

      Grumpy Cat makes me laugh more than the average meme <3

    • Dorothy#1 says:

      I’m on episode 20 season 1 of vampire dairies. He is soooo freaking hot. And I’ve also heard he is really into his causes which makes him even better looking in my opinion!!

    • Mrs. Darcy says:

      Yeah, I don’t get the venom, he was a little sarcastic/evasive about going out with a stalker-y fan, so what? Agree his twitter is boring/nothing but charitable goodness. I am such a Damon fan;I could not stand him on Lost but he has completely won me around on VD. I do think he looks like Rob Lowe, I find him way too pretty but his is just too charming to resist as Damon. He and Nina are adorable together off and on the show.

      • Mrs. Darcy says:

        And sure, the cat is cute in photos but if I woke up in the middle of the night with that face looking at me I might be creeped out! (ducks from cat lovers). I’d take Ian’s smirk any day of the week.

      • TQB says:

        god, the SMIRK. It makes me immediately remove my pants.

    • Faye says:

      I’ll answer this one. I used to be a Damon fan, but I had to stop following IS on Twitter. I think he is very well-intentioned, which is nice, but he makes assertions that are so poorly educated, ill-supported and just “out there” in support of his causes that it drives me crazy. I’d have to take the time to archive his tweets and give you specifics, which I don’t have the time to do, but I remember there were a number of statements he made about the Keystone Pipeline, for example, that were just flat-out wrong.

      I don’t think he does it on purpose, but he knows he has oodles of fans who will do and follow whatever he says mindlessly, so he should be more careful. When you speak in big, sweeping generalities, and tar and feather huge groups of people without any attention to nuance, you undercut the validity of your arguments and your position (at least to me).

      • TQB says:

        Fair point; he is pretty, but a little dumb. I confess to not really reading all those good-intentioned posts, so I believe you if you say you spotted some that weren’t accurate. And I agree with the take-care-with-your-mindless-followers principle.

        My point was only that he isn’t sleazy; if anything, he’s annoyingly hipster political hippie. If that can be a thing. also he has lots of cats.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        He loves cats! He’s a *cat guy*! Come on…no serial killer loves cats.

        I like Ian, however dumb he may be (and I will know not to look at his Twitter lest it kill my crush). 😉

  20. FreeSpiritedGirl says:

    Aww…I loooooooooove Ian! eeeeep! Always get the goosebumps!

  21. Tig says:

    Grumpy for the win! Just don’t get Ian’s appeal.

  22. BRE says:

    Back when I lived in Austin there were never any hot celebs like Ian at SXSW, now that I’m in Houston they have all started flocking. Damn he is hot! And I’m not worried about the cat’s health, my cat would love being adored while giving her pissed off look

  23. Joanna says:

    i have two cats, I’ll take ian. any day of the week. and pref more than once.

  24. Katie says:

    The cat. Cats are always the cutest. Unless it’s one of those creepy hairless cats. They can GTFO.

  25. lisa says:

    i want this cat. well. i dont want to upset him. i want a cat that looks like him. his face is so endearing to me.

  26. Reece says:

    Cat, that last meme makes me LOL.

  27. HotPockets says:

    You are all missing out on life until you expose yourself to “Colonel Meow.” Best online cat sensation.

  28. Amy says:

    I’m only here for the cat.

  29. Onyx XV says:

    Of course I have no idea who that guy is, I don’t watch much TV. But I love Grumpy Cat!! She wins, paws down. So freakin cute!

  30. Ginger says:

    Tardar sauce of course! She is adorable!! I think I may be the only woman on the planet who doesn’t like Ian. He’s pretty but he does nothing for my biscuit.

  31. TheyPromisedMeBeer says:

    That Ian/Grumpy pic is begging for a caption contest, don’t you think?

    And to answer your question, Grumpy Cat. Not even a contest.

  32. Cazzie says:

    I love Grumpy Cat!

    /heart melts/

    Thank you for this post.

  33. Jazz Fabulous says:

    I’ll have both the cat and the cute guy, please.

  34. claire says:

    The girl in the first photo also looks like Overly Attached Girlfriend, but with blonde hair. Was it a meme-fest there or what?

  35. A says:

    Bless Grumpy Cat. Sooo cute!

  36. the original rachel says:

    OMG. Grumpy Cat is the feline Ron Swanson!

  37. elceibeno08 says:

    That cat has the grumpiest face I have ever seen. The cat looks grumpier than Mitt Romney after he lost the election.

  38. Patrice says:

    Who even knew “feline dwarfism” was a thing?? Oh my God, this cat is so cute I can’t even stand it though! Love her 😛

  39. Carolyn says:

    that cat is awesome. Have been living under a rock..didn’t know she was a “thing” 🙂

    our cat gives us epic “evil” looks to the point where we have to look away, being scared/laughing in equal parts. Cats rule.

    I’d just look at Ian.

  40. Britt says:

    Absolutely love Grumpy Cat, makes me laugh every day.

  41. Persephone69 says:

    Aw I love Tard, she’s our little local celebrity! Well we also have Nate from the band Fun, yay go Arizona! Hey with all the right wing/racist political crap our stupid state does I’ll take a grumpy cat and cute band boy to make us look better any day. ;D

  42. Deedee says:

    Grumpy cat wins every time!

  43. Adrien says:

    My mom’s cat looked exactly like Benedict Cumberbatch. “Cumbercat” is dead now. I should have taken pictures of that cat when it was still alive and that would have been an internet meme too. Sigh!
    Ian Somerhalder is starting to morph into Rob Lowe, ‘no? It’s not a bad thing as Rob Lowe is still superhot. I would love to see a picture of Jeremy Renner and Grumpy cat together.

  44. ??? says:

    Grumpy cat, hands down. What an adorable little snuglet.

    How is Ian Somerhalder “unconventionally beautiful”? He has the generic (and I guess good?) looks of practically every young-and-aspiring actor in LA.