While it might have been hard to be a cat at Christmas, summer is a whole other story.
Watch Grumpy Cat, Nala Cat, Hamilton the Hipster Cat, Oskar the Blind Cat and Klaus celebrate the warm weather in a Friskies music video, "Cat Summer." The video pays tribute to Colonel Meow, who passed away earlier this year. Friskies Grillers will donate one meal per video view to cat charities in Colonel Meow’s name (up to one million meals).
In an interview with Grumpy Cat's owner, Tabatha Bundesen, and Oskar the Blind Cat and Klaus' owner, Mick Szydlowski, The Huffington Post got to learn what it's like to own a famous cat:
Tardar Sauce aka Grumpy Cat first got famous after her picture was posted on Reddit in 2012. How fast did things escalate after that?
Bundesen: Overnight [the picture] had over 20,000 views, then a video on YouTube was posted right after and got over a million views within 36 hours. Then we got invited to the local news station. Within the first year we signed up with Friskies.
How have things changed for Oskar since he became an Internet sensation?
Szydlowski: For Oskar the world is pretty much the same. He’s been playful and happy since day one. He’s just happy to be surrounded by people coming by the house in Seattle to visit us. He’s as spoiled as ever.
Oskar the Blind Cat has a severe form of microphthalmia, which means the globes of his eyeballs are greatly reduced in size. Did you have any experience caring for animals with disabilities?
Szydlowski: We had no experience with blind cats, so we didn’t know what to expect. Through Oskar’s publicity we met lots of people with cats with similar conditions. We learned as went along.
What will Grumpy be doing this summer?
Bundesen: She’ll be having some fun partying with some of the other cats.
Does Oskar have a favorite Internet cat, besides his best friend Klaus?
Szydlowski: Out of all them Grumpy Cat is his favorite. He met Grumpy in December, and they took a nap together on the chair (nothing scandalous happened). Grumpy is very mellow so it was easier for Oskar to get a bearing on her.
To learn more about "Cat Summer" and your favorite Internet stars, join in the catversation with #CatSummer.