Ahhhh, Grumpy Cat -- only you could make a sunny summer day look grim. And everyone's favorite feline meme is now doing his best to bring dark clouds to cellphones nationwide via Weather Kitty, a new iPhone app by the Miami-based duo of Suraj Hemnani and Shiv Takhar.
The free, newly launched creation is a follow-up to the duo's über-popular and totally adorable Weather Puppy app, which was released late last year. The new version offers up your local forecast along with cutie pie kittens -- one of whom is the one and only Tardar Sauce.
But how did they convince the ultimate celebrity cat to get on board?
"We met the Grumpy Cat and her family at SXSW in Austin earlier this year," Hemnani says. "Grumpy Cat hated the idea, but her family thought it was too fun of a project to not be a part of."
While the app itself is free, you do have to shell out $1.99 to get your fill of Grumpy Cat. Free options include Outdoorsy and Summer Fun themes, while paying for premium adds Grumpy Cat, Add Your Own Kitty and Yoga Cats options.
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And it's for a good cause, too. The duo partners with pet charities, and they're on track to raise $10,000 in donated funds from their first year with Weather Puppy.
They'd been planning to delve into kitty cuteness for awhile, and given the popularity of their canine rendition, the new project is bound to make waves with feline fans. "The response has been insane - I find myself spending half the day on Twitter responding to fans who are excitedly Tweeting their forecast directly from the app," Hemnani adds.