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Thu, 07/22/2010 - 17:29 by Ananth in response to oh the horror

We were thawing a pork loin for the pulled-pork Yuko was going to make the next day, but Rook got up onto the counter and managed to drag it across the kitchen floor while we slept. He tried to hide it behind the stove, but he left a very literal trail, and we caught him quite literally red-pawed. 

(To preempt any concerns - we contacted a vet just in case.)

I like how this one turned out - thumbs up, Yuko! 

Here's a recipe for vegetarian pulled-pork.  It won't taste like meat, but vegetarians ought to enjoy it. 

We are NOT at SDCC this year! But everyone fortunate to go should totally enjoy it. Do something fun for us! We are here under a small mountain of work, digging our way to the surface. 

That's all from us! Catch you next week! 



Comment by Aube (not verified) Thu, 07/22/2010 - 17:42

I love your decision to color the meat trail (sounds awkward...) anyway, I had no idea cats would try eating a raw pork loin. Rook's Shenanigans are such a great addition to JW.

 Thanks! We decided to make

Comment by Ananth Fri, 07/23/2010 - 14:19

 Thanks! We decided to make an exception this time. 

coloring takes forever and I

Comment by Aube (not verified) Fri, 07/23/2010 - 23:55

coloring takes forever and I can only imagine the beautiful color JW uses and Yuko's skills must take some commitment. Nice to see the mixture though! hard work much appreciated!

While he's never had the

Comment by AmandaK (not verified) Thu, 07/22/2010 - 17:52

While he's never had the opportunity, I could absolutely see my cat trying to do this. Hiding stolen pork behind the stove! That made me chuckle :oD

I love being able to look forward to reading JW two nights a week! You guys always make me smile.

I need to clean my screen

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 07/22/2010 - 18:02

A smudge of dirt on my screen was positioned just right to make Yuko look like she had beard stubble in those first panels.

That image is not going anywhere for a while.

It occured to me after your

Comment by The EFAF (not verified) Thu, 07/22/2010 - 18:18

It occured to me after your mention of calling the vet that...
Well, I'd have never called the vet. I can't think of why you would. Why would you? Cats eat raw meat just fine, if that's the issue...? They can deal with raw bone too? I am at a loss.

I enjoyed the comic anyway!

true, true.

Comment by Aido Thu, 07/22/2010 - 18:28

The only reason I contacted a vet was because I was concerned about the high instance of parasites in uncooked pork.  But he wasn't concerned, so neither was I.

yeah, we humans are really

Comment by Moriarty (not verified) Thu, 07/22/2010 - 19:01

yeah, we humans are really the only ones with stomachs (stomaches?sp?) weak enough to get sick from uncooked meat.

Modern farming practices

Comment by fluffy (not verified) Thu, 07/22/2010 - 19:05

Modern farming practices have all but eradicated parasites from raw pork anyway. You only really have to worry about trichinosis and the like from wild game.

Actually, vets and

Comment by Foe (not verified) Fri, 07/23/2010 - 00:04

Actually, vets and nutritionists usually suggest that cats should stay away from raw meat, and meat fat. It's just not good for them. Of course, they usually mean people who want to feed their cats nothing but raw meat/fish and not the occasional thing... as cats do hunt an' all.

Information rant :D

Comment by Lizard (not verified) Tue, 07/27/2010 - 01:42

Actually, its very healthy to feed cats raw meat, but you have to research it first. Cats REQUIRE taurine in their diet, otherwise they may go permanently blind. (They cannot naturally create it, like how we cannot create vitamin C in our bodies.) Fish is NOT a good thing for cats because it does not contain taurine. The reason not to feed meat fat is because you don't want to feed purely fat. Fat does not contain many nutrients. You can actually do a lot more harm giving cats only cooked meat rather than raw meat. Also, a side fact: Raw meat contains a LOT more nutrients than cooked meat. When we cook meat, we're actually breaking down a lot of what's good in it. It is also not easier to process cooked. When you eat raw meat, you do not chew it. There are natural enzymes in the meat that break it down. The reason for chewing now is to break the meat down before it reaches the stomach, where it has a secondary break down process.

What's actually good for cats is raw meat and raw eggs. (Surprising, actually.) Raw pork is only dangerous for parasites, as already mentioned (and no, they're not eradicated from the US, they're still a danger--just cook the pork and you're fine).

Another bad thing for both cats and humans is cow milk. Cow milk fats a larger than human milk and therefore more difficult to process for humans (not sure about cats, frankly). Depending on the reason for the allergy, many lactose intolerant people can drink goat's milk because of the smaller fat size.

Most cat food brands are extremely unhealthy for cats. Unlike dogs, which are omnivores (they can digest most foods if required, and are therefore technically omnivores), cats cannot digest grain. Most common cat food brands contain a lot of grain. The more expensive cat food contains ABSOLUTELY no grain. Grain, because it isn't processed easily, will destroy a cat's kidney and make them overweight. Its extremely common for older cats to die of kidney failure.

Another good thing for cats are vegetables. Strange, again, but the only major thing not to feed them are garlic, onions, or anything of that family. Same with dogs. It's poisonous to them.

Cats generally live to their teens, but there are (not uncommon) records of cats living to their twenties. You'll find that the longer living cats are not fed cat food, but actual real food.

Oh my!

Comment by ChristineA (not verified) Thu, 07/22/2010 - 18:33

Rook is not in the least bit ashamed that he tried to steal the pork is he? lol!! Our first dog used to eat pens, an entire loaf of raisin bread and the liner of my Dad's one and only Russian fur-lined hat. ;D

Ahhhh! Rook eats the

Comment by Ananth Fri, 07/23/2010 - 14:20

Ahhhh! Rook eats the occasional fly, but thankfully he sticks to things that are organic. 

Thawing meat

Comment by Iain (not verified) Thu, 07/22/2010 - 18:48

It's safer to thaw meat under refrigeration. It takes a little longer, but it won't get up to room temperature or be eaten by Rook.

No biggie

Comment by KC (not verified) Fri, 07/23/2010 - 06:01

It doesn´t really matter since the meat would be cooked anyway. The heat would kill any bacteria that grew.

Keeping it away from Rook, though...

bacteria die, toxins they

Comment by tdawg944 (not verified) Fri, 07/23/2010 - 16:35

bacteria die, toxins they produce do not. be careful how you thaw, never on the counter for more than an hour or so

<3 rook. And Yuko looks

Comment by Figment (not verified) Thu, 07/22/2010 - 19:08

<3 rook.

And Yuko looks uber-cute in panel 2.

Looking forward to the next comic! (especially another rook comic!)


Comment by Vinicius (not verified) Thu, 07/22/2010 - 19:24

Thank god this wasn't a menstruation joke. You guys still rock :D

Hahaha, that is great.

Comment by Ananth Fri, 07/23/2010 - 14:22

Hahaha, that is great. *bookmarked*

Who in the christ thaws meat

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 07/22/2010 - 21:05

Who in the christ thaws meat at room temperature with animals in the house?

Goddamned city folks.

How can you possibly be on

Comment by Ananth Fri, 07/23/2010 - 14:21

How can you possibly be on the internet without electricity??

obviously they have a

Comment by Spizzy (not verified) Sun, 07/25/2010 - 22:07

obviously they have a crank-internets

Not going to Comic-Con either...

Comment by Milo (not verified) Thu, 07/22/2010 - 21:16

I ran into you guys last year and was actually going to tell my girlfriend to try and find you and say hi. You probably don't remember, but my buddy and I spotted you walking through a crowd and we chased you half way across the exhibition floor. I was wearing a Scott Pilgrim shirt.

Speaking of Scott Pilgrim, my girlfriend just called me and said that at this moment she's following Edgar Wright to go see a premier of the movie. I might be breaking up with her for this.

Aw man, we are jealous too.

Comment by Ananth Fri, 07/23/2010 - 14:24

Aw man, we are jealous too. That's awesome!

While the vegetarian recipe

Comment by Aninnymouse (not verified) Thu, 07/22/2010 - 21:46

While the vegetarian recipe looks completely amazing, there's one concern (that is to say, for particularly specific vegetarians out there). Barbecue sauce isn't vegetarian; it contains beef tallow (a kind of cow fat). It's also found in ketchup, cheetos, and barbeque chips.


Comment by Aido Fri, 07/23/2010 - 09:43

Oh gosh, I didn't know.  I mean, I'm certain that people with dietary restrictions are going to be checking the ingredients of the stuff they buy, but I added a note at the end of the recipe about this.


Johnny has now wandered into

Comment by Alain (not verified) Thu, 07/22/2010 - 22:12

Johnny has now wandered into a "film noir".


Comment by Ananth Fri, 07/23/2010 - 14:24


You say tonkatsu I say...

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 07/23/2010 - 00:18

What no donkatsu?! Ah well.....

I knew that it wasn't what

Comment by Sage (not verified) Fri, 07/23/2010 - 00:18

I knew that it wasn't what you were meant to think, but when it showed the bag, my brain thought it was an arm XD


Comment by Skie (not verified) Fri, 07/23/2010 - 00:52

Rook leveled up! Rook is trying to learn "Tastes like bacon"
But Rook already knows four moves. Would you like to forget a move to make room for "Tastes like bacon"?

Rook's abilities:
"Snatch and Grab"
"Meow (Hey!)"
"Ladies Man"

oh no! Rook has a taste for

Comment by DisposablePal (not verified) Fri, 07/23/2010 - 06:14

oh no! Rook has a taste for blood now, he'll be craving it, like an adorable vampire. Sleep with one eye open....

Icebat will protect you!

Comment by Fraoch (not verified) Fri, 07/23/2010 - 16:18

I never really had to worry about that kind of thing with my parent's cats. The little snobs don't like human food.
I like the format of this one, very film noir.

Been there. Raw fish filet

Comment by DanReiv (not verified) Fri, 07/23/2010 - 06:53

Been there.

Raw fish filet ending in the shower. Quite a sight in the morning.

These damn cats ! <3

I have four cats at my house

Comment by Vinia (not verified) Fri, 07/23/2010 - 07:56

I have four cats at my house and I let stuff thaw in the microwave. I don't heat it up or anything just leave it in there to thaw, that way the cats can't get to it.

This is probably what we'll

Comment by Ananth Fri, 07/23/2010 - 14:25

This is probably what we'll do from now on. 

Sneaky Kitties

Comment by Micaela (not verified) Sun, 07/25/2010 - 18:22

That works really well, unless you have the kind of microwave that has a big button that you push to open it. My sneaky kitty figured out the button, opened the microwave, and dragged a chicken breast all over the living room carpet. I was so impressed I couldn't really get that mad at him.

Again, plan ahead and thaw

Comment by Iain Henderson (not verified) Mon, 07/26/2010 - 23:21

Again, plan ahead and thaw under refrigeration or running water. Thawing at room temperature can go very wrong. It won't often happen, but it only takes one time doesn't it?

Tempering meat is a completely different thing and should only be done after thawing.

Cats are Slow

Comment by Jason (not verified) Fri, 07/23/2010 - 08:06

I had a pair of pork loins sitting on the counter, ready to go out to the grill, when I went out to collect the vegetables that were already cooking. I came back... let's call it 30 seconds later... to find my beagle mix had poked her head up to counter level, dragged one of the loins down to the floor, and consumed half of it.

I don't think she quite got what all the yelling was about, but she tucked tail and went somewhere else for a while. Like the other posters have said, trichinosis is a rarity these days so all I did was not feed her dinner since she'd already eaten half a pound of meat.

Sad you're not going to

Comment by Banana (not verified) Fri, 07/23/2010 - 08:44

Sad you're not going to SDCC--I had my chance last year but ended up being really shy when talking to a bunch of web comic artists. ;(

I will wear my Zoolology shirt for you guys!

Aw, thanks! Hopefully we'll

Comment by Ananth Fri, 07/23/2010 - 14:25

Aw, thanks! Hopefully we'll be there next year. 


Comment by Cecil (not verified) Fri, 07/23/2010 - 08:47

I know this happened with our cat. Though beef instead of pork. Luckly I live just 3-4 minutes from the shop to get more. I am gonna have to try that recipe though, sounds great. You should post more recipes throughout your comics. Cooking is fun to do and I'd enjoy it. :D

One of my friends' cats

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 07/23/2010 - 08:58

One of my friends' cats stole an entire freshly-grilled steak off of his girlfriend's dinner plate once. They just turned around for a second and when they turned back there he went, dragging a huge steak behind him.

Oh goodness, my cats try to

Comment by Chad (not verified) Fri, 07/23/2010 - 13:53

Oh goodness, my cats try to do this all the time. I've gone to not allowing them in the kitchen at all nowadays, and covering anything I am trying to thaw. Such fluffy little brats they can be!

My cat, Master Pain, once

Comment by Sprinkles ☠! (not verified) Fri, 07/23/2010 - 15:00

My cat, Master Pain, once caught a bird in the middle of the night and decided to bring it into our arpartment to make a nice blood trail/battle scene along the wall from the back door all the way to the door of my room. He was kind enough to leave a wing and the head for me to clean up. Though I hear when a cat brings in stuff and leaves them for the owner its a sign of affection? >_>

my cat has also caught a

Comment by Spizzy (not verified) Sun, 07/25/2010 - 22:13

my cat has also caught a bird in the middle of the night and left its battle scene for me. One day I woke up well rested, though groggy, and looked around my room to find feathers EVERYWHERE and a dead bird (thankfully whole) in the middle of my room. Cat was no where to be found (probably went out the window. Was really a "what is this I don't even--" moment

I have two cats. Each night

Comment by Jukebox (not verified) Mon, 07/26/2010 - 22:53

I have two cats. Each night they leave the remains of the past night's hunt. Sometimes they just leave stuff like the bowels and intestines, as they don't like the taste of those. Sometimes they leave the entire kill as a sign of affection. You give them plenty of food and shelter, and they want to "earn their keep" so to speak.

As pleasing as it is for them to gobble up all the pests nearby, sometimes its still a bit of a shocker to see the remains of 3+ different animals after a single night.


Comment by Razor (not verified) Fri, 07/23/2010 - 16:38

This calls for a cat-cam. I would have LOVED (well, okay, not if I'd just paid $$ for the meat) hiding somewhere and watching Rook trying to get that hunk of pork off the table.

LOL, I could hear the theme from 'Psycho' in Yuko's close-up panel.


Comment by Emily (not verified) Fri, 07/23/2010 - 16:50

Rook's face in the last panel is too cute, and I loved the red meat trail!
None of my cats have ever attempted a stunt like this, since they usually steer clear of human food. :T

Om nom nom

Comment by Yu Huo (not verified) Fri, 07/23/2010 - 19:59

Rook is an amateur! Taji would have had that thing. bones and all, and licked the blood off the floor. Then. Taji is an Akita. Hmm.