Absolutely Insane Lines Exist to See Grumpy Cat at SXSW

·Managing Editor
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Grumpy Cat is unenthused. (Photo: Jo Piazza)

For the past three years the Bittner family of Austin, Texas has made a trip into downtown Austin’s SXSW festival in March. They don’t come for the panels, they come for the cat — Grumpy Cat.

“We’re just die-hard fans,” family patriarch Nathan Bittner told Yahoo Travel, while standing in a line that snaked down the street and around the block to greet the famous feline at the

pop-up Friskies Haus of Bacon

on Saturday morning.

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The wait to see Grumpy Cat was approximately an hour and a half. (Photo: Jo Piazza)

Grumpy Cat, arguably one of the most famous cats in the world, was at SXSW for a brand activation with Friskies Tasty Treasures to raise consumer awareness of the brand’s bacon-flavored cat food products and to donate 50,000 meals to shelter cats. 

Nathan and the rest of the Bittners were frenetically excited about the day’s visit.

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“We watch her Christmas special. We are die-hard Grumpy fans. We just love her,” Brian Bittner said, as the doors were about to open, his smile wide above a T-shirt bearing Grumpy Cat’s likeness with the words, “I had fun once. It was awful.”

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The Bittner family’s annual pilgrimage to see Grumpy Cat at SXSW in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Jo Piazza)

Thousands of other fans had waited for hours to see the Grumpy Cat and a brethren of other Internet-famous cats like Nala Cat, SamHasEyebrows, Oskar the Blind Cat, and his brother Klaus.

Grumpy, on the other hand, had absolutely no interest in the Bittners — or anyone else for that matter.

“She could care less,” her owner Tabitha Bendesen said.  Her work ethic really is to just sleep.”

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Even I got excited about Grumpy Cat. (Photo: Jo Piazza)

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