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Final Fantasy Cat, Legend of Cat, Cat's Quest, etc.

Trying to get approved to meet this cat turned into a quest of greater proportion than we had ever dreamed of! From what I understand, most people tend to just walk into a shelter and walk out with a cat, which feels pretty ideal. What're your pet-getting stories? Nice and easy? Horror-story? We're still deciding whether or not to adopt this bitey little gal. 

Petfinder.com is an awesome resource, but it feels weird ... it's like a singles dating website that lonely cats and dogs use to meet each other. There's all these sleazy old cats pretending to be a young cute dogs so they can troll for ... what was I talking about? Anyway, owners looking for pets just feels like another incidental use of it. 

We'll be at TCAF this year! You can see us under "O" and "P" respectively on the exhibitor list. There's a really stellar lineup this year, and we hope you can make it! Come say hi, we'll have things. 

The eBay auction ends tomorrow! PaleontoLOLgy tees are back in stock! And there's a new ink test in the store: 

Rockasaurus Wrecks!

For those of you that HAVE ordered, we're shipping a little slow because of the MLK holiday here in the states! Just a heads up. 

Also, any interest in a Johnny Wander book? Nothing to get excited about just yet, but I like to ask so I can start doing research. The first volume would be a compilation of autobio comics and some fun extras. Let us know! 

Comments

The cat is so cute! i love

Comment by Zelnik (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 18:28

The cat is so cute! i love it when a cat's love is gauged by the number of stitches caused.

Did you get the cat?

We're still thinking about

Comment by Ananth Tue, 01/19/2010 - 18:29

We're still thinking about it! The foster cat mom said she's not in a rush and that we could take our time to deciding. 

Chompy Cat

Comment by Mike (not verified) Thu, 01/21/2010 - 13:00

Aww, I'd get the lil guy. One of my cats loves to give love bites, but she doesn't realize how hard she's actually biting, haha. Still, I wouldn't trade her for the world.

I really love cats simple

Comment by Job Chicago (not verified) Thu, 10/20/2011 - 03:56

I really love cats simple because of their furry body and the way they behave are so lovely.

Agree

Comment by New Hampshire Weddings (not verified) Sat, 12/31/2011 - 04:59

I am doing agree with you. It is very nice to pet.

Book? Cool!

Comment by Trae (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 18:30

Oo, I like Rockasaurus. I'd be willing to pay for your art, Yuko, if I had any money. I'd definitely be interested in a Johnny Wander book, especially if it featured Yuko's art outside of the comic as well.

Aww! So Cute!

Comment by Michael C. (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 18:35

I always love new pets, plus she does love playing with you.

If I had excess money I would like to see a Johnny Wander book.

Yea!

Comment by Natalia (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 18:58

My three cats are all siblings, I only wanted two but I felt guilty not taking the whole litter when there was only three of them.

I'd love to see a Johnny Wander book! I'd be happy with a book of random doodles my Yuko so i vote yes on the book.

Also, are you guys ever going to be able to make it to Portland or Seattle? I'd love to be able to say hi, but I can't make any shows outside of the NW.

Yes!

Comment by Steffox (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 22:53

I second that! We'd even help find you a place to stay here! (Seattle).

I'm in Portland(ish), but

Comment by Natalia (not verified) Wed, 01/20/2010 - 00:40

I'm in Portland(ish), but it's a super cheap train ride to Seattle, Thinkin' about going to ECCC for just Saturday and taking the train and definitely taking the train for Sukura Con. So, Yea Seattle!

Gotta keep kitty siblings together

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Mon, 08/08/2011 - 01:04

I think that it's really important to keep kitty siblings together when you can., so that they can have a playmate for life to keep them busy when their humans are away! vin dicarlo pandoras box

Awww!

Comment by Amberleigh (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 18:58

Love the cat story! Poor chompy kitty, looking for love. What an arduous process just to see the little one!

I found my cat (rest her soul) when a sign at the end of someone's driveway said "free kittens". I walked up to the door, asked about the kittens, and the guy pretty much chucked this orange tiger fluffball into my arms. Scared little thing dug her claws right into my arm! She hid in the barn for 3 days, eating when no one was looking, before she started warming up to us.

*sigh* Spice quickly decided that she was a princess, to be adored and pampered at her whim. I miss her a lot, she was a good buddy. I really miss kitty forehead rubs, those are the best! :)

Adoption

Comment by Alscye (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 19:04

I just walked into my local pound four months ago and walked out with the Collie/setter mix chewing on my feet right now.
I love that you guys adopted a pet in need of a home. <3

Book? Yes, please!

Comment by watsonian (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 19:04

I would love to see a Johnny Wander book published at some point! :D

adopted kitties for the win!

Comment by Wolfette (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 19:06

My fiance and I found our two kittens through Petfinder. It is a weird process, but the cat rescue we ended up going through were super friendly. We filled out a pretty simple form, met our kitties at the foster mom's home, and took them home a few weeks later (the wait was only because they were about three weeks old when we first met them)

I would definitely grab a Johnny Wander book!

Sadie

Comment by Kathy (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 19:09

First that's a cute cat story :)

Now the story how I got my dog:

I was living with my sister at the time and it was about a month after my childhood dog passed away. My sister's friend called her and said "Hey does Kathy want a dog?" and I said "Tell him no" Then he went on saying he found the sweetest puppy because he almost ran over her on a major highway here and how he couldn't keep her although he would love to but she was afraid of his cat. (She was about 25-30 pounds at the time, and she is still scared of cats even though she's 50 pounds). So he sent a picture of the most adorable dog to my sister who sent it to me. I said "I still don't want her, but she is the prettiest pitt bull I have ever seen and she needs a pink collar. I'll buy her the collar, bring her over." He brought her to my house I put the collar on her and she looked at me with her beautiful eyes and I finally agreed on keeping her. Seriously we had to clean the yellow highway paint off of her. When I took her to the vet to see if she had a chip in her the vet said someone probably threw her out of their car to get rid of her because they realized she is half pitt bull.

Awww... cute story!

Comment by Maureen (not verified) Wed, 01/20/2010 - 12:33

I love pit bulls and I hate how they are mistreated. She is so lucky to have found you. I have a similar story about finding my dog as she had run away from home and I almost hit her with my car (not on a highway thank goodness). I had to have help chasing her down but we FINALLY got her and her owner didn't want her back. She's MY dog now, and is the perfect companion for me. <3<3<3<3 She's a purebred Shih Tzu.

HELL YES there is interest

Comment by Rhea Ewing (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 19:10

HELL YES there is interest in a Johnny Wander book! :D I would love to buy some and was just thinking yesterday it was a shame there wasn't one out yet.

As for pet adoption: my parents rescued two border collie puppies by buying them really cheap from a breeder that obviously didn't want them or treat them right. They are 7 now and have turned out pretty okay, though a bit high strung (which is a breed trait, so...)

eHarmony for pets?

Comment by Razor (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 19:10

Maybe a little extreme, but they probably do that to make sure that you and the cat get along before you take it home. We met a cat at the shelter who was very quiet...but also didn't move from its spot the whole time we were there. We ended up taking the cat that was running around like a weirdo and bothering everyone. =) *huggles Izzy*

Ha. That's awesome. We left

Comment by bubbles (not verified) Thu, 01/21/2010 - 15:48

Ha. That's awesome. We left the pair that were running around like maniacs and took the one who was asleep in his litterbox, and hardly moved the whole time we held and cuddled him. He was malnourished and super tiny, and now he's hyooge. But still lazy. Which probably contributes to the hugeness.
Oh and this was all in an afternoon. They called our vet to make sure our other cat was up to date on his shots, but that was it.

oh petfinder....

Comment by nhaar (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 19:16

I remember looking for a cat on petfinder last summer...everything was "first you must fill out such and such form then send us pictures of your home and then you must quest to the highest tower of the farthest kingdom and bring back the catnip mouse of destiny and then maybe you can see him!"

Then there was the newspaper ads which were like "well he's a purebred but of course I dont have the papers because we ship them overseas and he definitely doesn't need shots because he's SO healthy."

In the end I just got fed up and went to the shelter where they just handed me a cat and that was it.

In other news: much interest in a JW book!!

Kitty adoptions

Comment by pixiekhatt (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 19:20

My childhood pet was a cat named Panther that I adopted from a local humane society. I remember that we walked in, I looked at all the cats, and knew she was the one when I first saw her. She kept pawing at me through the bars when I'd walk away and meow for me to come back. We had to put in an application and wait for them to call us back to say we could adopt her. I don't recall exactly, but it was either the next day or the day after that they called. She lived for many years (around 10?) before getting lymphoma in her leg and eventually having to be put down. I still miss her. My current cat I managed to get because I told my physical therapist that I was having trouble finding a cat here in Germany and he mentioned that one of his other customers had a kid who always brought home cats and would probably have one I could have. They talked to him, he brought her to the place and I went and picked her up. They have humane societies here in Germany, but they aren't fond of letting Americans adopt pets because a lot of them look at animals as possessions and don't want to keep them when they leave because it costs money to ship them back to the states, as well as keeping up to date on immunizations and shots. So, they either sell them, or if they can't manage to do that, they'll just drop them off somewhere. And leave them. :(

Book?

Comment by lennan (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 19:25

Yes, a book would be awesomesauce.

Before I start my story on how I got my two (late) cats, I want to say that I used to work as a volunteer in a local no kill animal shelter. Basically, what I did was socialize the animals by interacting with them and petting them (pretty much = best volunteer work ever, petting kittens all day). I don't recall anyone having to have to fill out paper work for this. They pretty much came in, looked at the kittens/cats although obviously the kittens were definitely more popular, and then filled out the paper work. I suppose there could be something more complicated, but I don't recall my friend's family going through that and they adopted from there.

My cats, however, were bought from a breeder (sort of) since my cats were half-Siamese. I have no idea how my parents found them since I was really young then. They actually came to our house to, oh I don't know, show us the cats and have us pet them or something, I was nine years old so pretty much my main reaction was "yay kitties". They were my birthday present. They were wee little kittens and mostly hid under our secretary table, hissing. But back to the story, basically the cats were there and the people wanted to sell them to us since they were the last two kittens, a runt and her sister. We were originally going to simply buy the sister (whom we cleverly named Neko) but the original owner really wanted us to have the runt sister (we named Tama) because this cat was kind of ugly. She was small, rather square, had a dinky little tail because of their manx or bobtail blood and of course no one would want a Siamese that looked like that. So eventually, we all settled for "buy one get one free" we paid $45 for Neko and got Tama free. And they gave us 19 years of joy, recently passing on, one in September and the other in October. *cough* sorry for going crazy cat owner on you with that story.

And on to the most important part: Did you get the cat? Even though it seemed to like chomping on your arm?

Om nom nom

Comment by bonzairob (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 19:27

My cat is 13 years old, and is a complete teddy-bear cat. You can literally push him onto his side and he will go over with a little 'frrumph" noise, and then purr like a bandsaw. He's an affectionate cat and he's most affectionate to me.

However.

If you're playing with him or fussing him, he'll often get over-excited. For most people that just means he'll leap up and run around like a retard, but for me and me alone, he delights in latching onto my hand with all his claws, and biting and kicking the shit out it. If I scream he does it harder. Likewise for kneading my lap with his claws. Every time I visit him at my parents', I come away looking like I rummaged my hand in a jar of razorblades.

So yeah, like Zelnik said, some cats show their love through violence XD If it's any help, you build up a resistance over time!

I would love a Johnny Wander book, for the art and the writing, but like many people have no money to spare on it :(

True Story:

Comment by Keelay (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 19:30

We got our cat from my aunt who almost ran her over on a country road when she was a kitten. Luckily my aunt noticed her and stopped. She was my sister's 8th grade graduation gift.

My sis wanted to see if she would play well with other cats, so she brought her into the cat section of petsmart where you can adopt rescued cats and kittens.

She took one look at the other kittens, hissed and meowed very loudly, then shit all over my sister's shirt.

She doesn't like other cats.

She's named angel, after the the Vampire from Buffy.

My sister "rescued" her cat

Comment by Joe (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 19:34

My sister "rescued" her cat from her friend's house. He had more than he could take care of, so she offered to take one off his hands. Or something like that. The story changed a couple times over the years.

She then proceeded to smuggle it into her room and house it in her closet for a month or two before my parents ever even found out. It wasn't allowed out of her room because she thought my parents would make her get rid of it if they found out.

We kept the ruse up for a while until our other sister found out and tattled on us. My parents weren't happy, but they ultimately let us keep the cat, and she became free to roam the house.

I remember when we gave her her first bath. Red scratch marks all over my torso and arms. I'm still a little mad that she attacked me instead of her actual owner.

trying to give a cat is like

Comment by Spizzy (not verified) Wed, 01/20/2010 - 18:11

trying to give a cat is like asking someone to torture themselves. Thankfully I've never had to give my active cat a bath (though he does have interest in it from the times I had him inside the room while I took a bath, so maybe it wouldn't be bad) but my other cat...holy hell. Its once a couple years, but it's enough to get scars

GIVE A CAT A BATH* my typing

Comment by spizzy (not verified) Wed, 01/20/2010 - 18:12

GIVE A CAT A BATH* my typing is failing hardcore lately

The weird thing is, after

Comment by Joe (not verified) Wed, 01/20/2010 - 21:41

The weird thing is, after someone gets out of the shower, she'll jump in the tub and lick the drain.

...I MAY have turned the water on once or twice while she was doing this.

I agree with you. You have given to us with such an large collection of information. Great work you have done by sharing them to all. simply superb.

I agree with you. You have

Comment by Plumber Adelaide (not verified) Thu, 09/01/2011 - 16:11

I agree with you. You have given to us with such an large collection of information. Great work you have done by sharing them to all. simply superb.

Chomp!

Comment by King_Bahamut (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 19:38

My little sister got a cat about a year or two ago, my first time to meet the little feline and she sniffed me a bit before getting behind me, grabbing my posterior and kicking it like crazy. Since then the crazy little thing and I have both been at war, picking on each other almost every time we see each other.

my 3 kitties are all pound

Comment by Celynnen (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 19:44

my 3 kitties are all pound kitties, adopted on sight. The shelter I volunteer at uses Petfinder to advertise the critters we have and we get most of our bunnies adopted out that way (cats and dogs too, probably, but I don't work with them, so I can't be sure). I think the adoption process is set by the entity you're adopting from though, not necessarily by Petfinder.

The last cat I adopted was on the first day I started volunteering 2 yrs ago. He was still a teenager and totally disinterested in people, other than as a vehicle for his food and toys. Basically they threw him at me as soon as I expressed interest. No background check, no nothing. okay, I had to fill out a form or two and then had to wait for him to be neutered, but still, it was ridiculously easy.

About two weeks after I brought him home, we started bonding and now when I come home from work at night, he stretches up for me to pick him up and cuddle him (note, he's a 15lb XL cat - not fat, just 2x the size of a "normal" cat head-to-tail) and will play fetch with glittery pom-poms. He has, however been very bitey since day one. The way to deal with that is to stop playing when they start biting, and reward them when they play nice. . . unless of course you want an attack cat.

p.s. I recommend keeping your kitty (if you get her) indoors as mine just cost me a vet bill more than my car's purchase price due to Songbird Fever (i.e. food poisoning from eating something that had been dead too long). Not fun to go through or to pay for.

/end essay

Oooh!

Comment by Nicholas (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 19:49

A JW book would be completely awesome. I'd buy it, if I had the money. And, if you ever decided to make the rockasaurus wrecks print into a shirt, that'd go on my list too.

Cat is rather adorable.

Comment by Pete (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 19:50

I would like to own a cat too but the place I live in is rather small plus I seem to lack knowledge on how to take care of one. (I should google for instructions or ask a friend...)

How I got my cats:

Comment by Miss S (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 19:53

Step 1: Stumble upon very young and feral kitten in backyard.
Repeat step one three more times.

Most of them were in life-or-death situations, though, so we didn't really have the option to just leave them.
They were mostly pretty bitey when they were young, but they grew out of it. Except one, but she doesn't like me anyways.

I normally don't buy books of webcomics, but I reread Johnny Wander enough that I would definitely consider it (and I only say "consider" because I'm trying not to spend money unless I have to).

Cats & Books

Comment by Walter (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 20:08

All of the three cats we have now were either given to us or we found almost on our doorstep, which we adopted. They are all very unique and particular in their own ways.

Definitely would like to see a Johnny Wander book.

My nice Satanic cat

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 20:31

I found my cat in my library. Specifically in the air ducts in my libraries ceiling when she was maybe a week old.

And it seems my cat is very similar to the one you met. Very sweet on her own terms, but the rest of the time she acts crazy and gnaws on your arm. If I raised her better I probably could have broken her of that bad habit. Or she's just crazy.

BOOK!

Comment by Ryan (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 20:32

A Johnny Wander book would be amazing! I'd by it in a heartbeat.

My kitty was born on my

Comment by whatwhat (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 20:36

My kitty was born on my kitchen floor by a stray off the streets of Philadelphia.

Eve action figure

Comment by Alain (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 20:41

Bring Eve action figures to TCAF! I'll buy one. Bring anything that looks like a book and I'll buy it too.

Kiiiiiiiiiiiiitty. Um. A

Comment by Becky (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 20:49

Kiiiiiiiiiiiiitty.

Um. A mother cat and her four kittens were abandoned at a wild animal rehabilitation place in Long Island (wild as in squirrels) way back in May/June. The two men who ran couldn't actually keep the cats, so they were passed over to an old woman who lived in a community were pets aren't allowed. My mom's coworker, who is a cat lady (I think she has nine or eleven) mentioned it to her. We drove over, while my brother protested about how we were JUST LOOKING because he wanted orange cats (the kittens were black and gray). One was placed in his arms and chilled there the entire time. (My brother fell in love.) I contended with the small gray female who wanted to flee and explore the garage. It's been happily ever since. (Well, Tom's a huge, loving chicken, who likes chewing on toes and hands, and Indi (short for Indiana Jones, and yes, it's the girl) continues to love adventure and kneading people at four in the morning.)

my simple recipe for acquiring a cat

Comment by JCDubb (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 20:49

I did this twice, sot it REALLY works!

Step one: go to any humaine society (animal shelter)
Step two: pick a kitten or a cat that you like
Step three: sign the paper that says you will not abuse, eat, or perform experiments on the animal
Step four: go home

time elapsed: 20-30 minutes

shelter rats

Comment by Alain (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 20:51

Pet rats unfortunately don't live long, 2 ,3 years usually. So, I have to go out and get more of them regularly to keep a "healthy" population of four at home. I try to get them from the Humane Society. It's always pretty quick. I just walk in, fill a form, pay a small fee and walk out with two lady rats, age more or less unknown. The problem is that the rats aren't always in stock when I need them. People don't abandon them when it suits me, that is when I've had a death among my curent pensioners.

So now and then I have to go and buy pet rats at a store, for roughly the same low price. The funny thing is that I always have the impression that I'm rescuing pet rats when I go buy them at the store. The store environment is never as pleasant as the environment at the Humane Society, where the volunteers taking care of the rats also have pet rats at home themselves.

I picked my cat out from a

Comment by Renee (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 20:51

I picked my cat out from a barn when I was 1. It was pretty simple.
The cat we had before her, my mom found in a box under a bridge by a hospital.
Our youngest cat we got about 4-5 years ago from the SPCA. Not nearly as long to do, but much longer than our other two.

I found my cat in the

Comment by Bekilicious (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 21:18

I found my cat in the Pennysaver :3 They have lots of ads for nice animals or pets, usually from nice families. It's not as... heartfelt... as adopting one who used to be a stray on the street, perhaps, but it's more like skipping those steps so it won't HAVE to be on the streets.

I think.

Right?

My Cat.

Comment by Jesse (not verified) Tue, 01/19/2010 - 21:27

I got my cat, Snarf, from a girl I lived with for a short period of time. He and his sister were the only two surviving from a litter. The mother cat was gone, and some kids had found the babies, and decided to spend their time throwing kittens against a wall. When she saw, she chased them off, and took Chobits and Snarf home.

Really, you shouldn't need to fill out a ten page application for a cat. Go to a pound, shelter, or even Craig's List has litters of kittens given away every day.

What.. what the hell. o.o.

Comment by Felgraf (not verified) Wed, 01/20/2010 - 02:04

The kids were.. throwing the kittens?

Why would someone DO that? ;.;

Kids can really be horrible.

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 01/21/2010 - 18:32

Kids can really be horrible. My tenth grade bio teacher has pets in her room and she told us about a gerbil she had a while ago that died when some of her students started spinning it on its head. I wanna smack people that do that >.<

What the hell?! What sort

Comment by lennan (not verified) Wed, 01/20/2010 - 16:01

What the hell?! What sort of monsters would do that?!