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Convention schedule!

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 21:54 by Ananth in response to shirt cat

We're still on the road, so I've got to keep it brief!

Lela's got a kickstarter! Check it out!

Here's our upcoming schedule:

We're currently at Becky and Frank's! They are some pretty great hosts, especially since I'm busy being sick on their couch. 

That's all - catch you next week! We'll be in Portland by then.


Yeah, I was right.

Comment by Alex Ross (not verified) Thu, 03/22/2012 - 21:57

Your cat is definitely broken, Yuko.


Comment by Sary (not verified) Thu, 03/22/2012 - 22:02

I wonder if a Punishment Shirt would work on Nai..

Maybe I'll invest in one once I get a job B) /just moved

It's impossible to get that

Comment by Hydrall (not verified) Thu, 03/22/2012 - 22:02

It's impossible to get that cat down, isn't it?

I read this title as sh*t

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 03/22/2012 - 22:06

I read this title as sh*t cat at first...


Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 03/22/2012 - 22:08

making shivs out of stuffed mice

bribing the guards with catnip

he's got scratches on his collar, man.

Cricket is the Henry David

Comment by Chris AN (not verified) Thu, 03/22/2012 - 22:15

Cricket is the Henry David Thoreau of cats.

Civil disobedience

Comment by Tsarstepan (not verified) Fri, 03/23/2012 - 15:15

is a fundamental tenet of all universal cat dogma (or would that be catma??).


Comment by Omnithea (not verified) Thu, 03/22/2012 - 22:34

First you use water, and now clothes? Laundry Cat is not affected by these elements. You have to use fire and umm...whatever the opposite of clothes is. Nudity? Moths?

I d'awwww-lol'd. That's a

Comment by Aeshir (not verified) Thu, 03/22/2012 - 22:36

I d'awwww-lol'd.

That's a thing now. I made it a thing.


Comment by tahrey (not verified) Fri, 03/23/2012 - 03:51

Although that video made me laugh like an idiot, I can't see how it's relevant... :-/

I think it was "HOW IS THAT

Comment by Grey (not verified) Fri, 03/23/2012 - 08:29

I think it was "HOW IS THAT A THING?!" at the beginning of the queued portion.

Huh. I heard that, but I was

Comment by tahrey (not verified) Mon, 03/26/2012 - 03:02

Huh. I heard that, but I was listening for "D'awwwww lol"

That cat don't give a damn.

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 03/22/2012 - 22:39

That cat don't give a damn. XD

You should do the water

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 03/22/2012 - 22:47

You should do the water sprayer thingie you did in the last comic.... but instead of spray, put it in... "squirt" mode?? the one were a jet of water comes out instead of a misty delicious and refreshing puff of water.

protip: aim to the face

also you can try putting ducttape on his fur and watch him struggle.... film that and upload it ftw

only one option left

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 03/22/2012 - 23:20

i went through all this stuff with my dog, too. the only thinkg that worked was a small cookie tin with about 10 pennies inside. any time the dog started barking/digging up flowers/chewing on the couch, i just rattled that can as hard as i could for a few seconds. it usually took about 3 "rattles" per off-limit activity for her to finally get the message, but it worked liked a charm. she hated the sound so much!

This works really well with

Comment by Rorek (not verified) Fri, 03/23/2012 - 09:52

This works really well with an altoids tin and some small rocks too. And it's portable for walks etc.

I had a cat who didn't

Comment by Jean (not verified) Thu, 03/22/2012 - 23:47

I had a cat who didn't respond to water either. But he hated canned air. Try that.

First the water, then

Comment by Alain (not verified) Fri, 03/23/2012 - 00:52

First the water, then clothing.

That's it, he really is a Kzin!

cat punishments

Comment by Liz (not verified) Fri, 03/23/2012 - 01:02

My cat is also immune to shirts, water, and yelling. What does work, though, is canned air (for keyboards). A short blast aimed at the ears works pretty well. If all else fails.....vacuum cleaner.

Cricket sounds just like my

Comment by Stesha (not verified) Fri, 03/23/2012 - 01:43

Cricket sounds just like my sister's cat Amelia: small, chirpy, knocks everything over and jumps up where she shouldn't, hates the other cat...she'd probably hate a punishment shirt though, we should get her one and see what happens.

Canned air has saved my

Comment by Derpmeg (not verified) Fri, 03/23/2012 - 01:50

Canned air has saved my mental health. I swear by it. You'd never know it by looking at or playing with her, but my cat is about 20 years old and extremely set in her ways. Ways that involve screaming at all hours of the night for no reason and continually drinking out of the dishes underneath my plant pots/the toilet. A little canned air goes a long way towards getting her to stop. I don't even have to spray it AT her anymore. Just hearing the sound or seeing me hold the can will get her to knock off whatever it is she's doing and go plant herself on the couch or on the windowsill.

And actually, on second thought, the screaming is usually because she can smell bread or something else we cooked on the counter and she wants one of us to give it to her RIGHT. NOW.


Comment by Jacob (not verified) Fri, 03/23/2012 - 02:02

I also know the difficulties of punishing a cat who simply has no concept of giving a shit.

So cute tho :3

what the heck

Comment by tahrey (not verified) Fri, 03/23/2012 - 03:43

is a punishment shirt, and why is clothing a cat supposed to act as a deterrent?

Can't you just put small cardboard tubes on her legs and make her walk like a robot instead?

You could also try...

Comment by Lislet (not verified) Fri, 03/23/2012 - 08:13

Loud noises. My kitten Copper is a terror, I learned pretty quick that sometimes the water (set on stunning stream) doesn't work--what does work though, is casually waking up to her and clapping really loudly, or rolling up a magazine and smacking the area right NEXT to her. The noise startles her and she jumps down and gallops off to cause problems elsewhere. It's a constant process... but it takes a while to train a kitty.

But at least Cricket doesn't dump all the litter out of her box, right? >______> Friggin' cat flipped the litterbox right over this week. It's a wonder that I love her so much. <3

I also have a misbehaving

Comment by Abelle (not verified) Fri, 03/23/2012 - 08:43

I also have a misbehaving kitten and these comment threads are more helpful than any googling I have done so far :P Cheers, JW fans!

Dadgum cats

Comment by 13thprotector (not verified) Fri, 03/23/2012 - 09:12

The SHIRT OF PUNISHMENT works on my dog, but I'd recommend the SHOES OF DISTORTION for a cat like that... then watch!!!!! as it flops about.... unless it's ok with those things, then get the CONE OF SHAME and put it on 'im...

If none of those work, I'd be all out of ideas, but all three work on my dog and my cats, so Cricket might just be trying to be silly...

I'm delighted by how much

Comment by Rorek (not verified) Fri, 03/23/2012 - 09:48

I'm delighted by how much Cricket just doesn't give a crap.

all da cats

Comment by Al Paradise (not verified) Fri, 03/23/2012 - 10:00

Johnny Wander is the best Wander

Aw Cricket!

Comment by Kaeleira (not verified) Fri, 03/23/2012 - 10:41

Oh man, I absolutely love your Cricket comics. So many adorable shenanigans <3

Try a dust buster. Cats

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 03/23/2012 - 12:04

Try a dust buster. Cats abhor a vacuum.


Comment by Stefan (not verified) Fri, 03/23/2012 - 13:16

There are medical bandages for animals that don't stick to fur, just to themselves. If you wrap Cricket's feet, I bet he won't like it at all. I'm not saying tie them together, I mean wrap each paw, so the pads are covered. My friend's dog hated that and he only had them on because his feet got cut up on a hike.

Try making direct eye

Comment by the other ghost girl (not verified) Fri, 03/23/2012 - 14:42

Try making direct eye contact for several minutes or making angry cat noises. It will either make her mad or it will weird her out enough that she'll leave (if you make eye to eye contact with most predatory animals including cats it's a way of being dominant or challenging their dominance.) grabbing the spot behind their neck (skin only mind you) it can cause them to go limp or if it doesn't work (such as if cricket didn't spend much time as a kitten with her mother or other cats) then it still shows them that you're dominant. (sometimes I think that having our cat around when my brother was little helped because he got what "no" meant through example)


Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 03/27/2012 - 12:44

These links seem to be overcomplicating things. Also, I'm not sure why a comic or two about cat training implies "you have no idea how cats think or why". The one link talks about cat grudges, which is way out there. I've had 6 cats over the years and they don't act like that at all. Just be consistent and find what the cat doesn't like, and the cat gets the hint quickly when negatively reinforced when they do something bad (i.e. of course water bottles don't work on cats that like water). It's not difficult to train cats at all. They ARE trainable in the exact same way dogs are, even with obstacle course running, hoop jumping, coming when called, etc, via reward. I had one trained to come when I wiggled my fingers a certain way - cats aren't special or different.

Cat deterant

Comment by SuziRoo (not verified) Fri, 03/23/2012 - 19:17

I use the cone of shame but any use of water works with the three we have. I do have to throw slippers sometimes to keep them out of my room (it's my haven since I'm a little allergic to them).

Cricket don't give a F***

Comment by Kateweb (not verified) Fri, 03/23/2012 - 20:34

This cat must be part honey badger.

You know what works really

Comment by Hachi (not verified) Fri, 03/23/2012 - 22:59

You know what works really well on both my cat and my dog? Those air spray cans that you use to clean out your computer and keyboards.

a suggestion

Comment by mentaluproar (not verified) Sat, 03/24/2012 - 03:38

Cats think like kids (and probably adults) do. If it knows it won't get caught, it will probably do it.

There is a product called a scat mat. Whenever the animal steps on it, it gives a little static shock. You don't even need to be around for it to work (there are safety cut-offs just incase the animal is really stubborn.) This way, rather than "When I do this, Ananth scolds me" the cat learns "when I do this, the table shocks me."

It sounds meaner than it really is. It's kind of like testing a 9 volt battery with your tongue. Not painful, but unpleasant. The animal doesn't become afraid of the table or bed or whatever you use it on, but learns not to touch it.

Yeah, a depleted can of

Comment by East (not verified) Sat, 03/24/2012 - 10:36

Yeah, a depleted can of compressed air works on our cat (water works on him but he needs a direct spray to the face for it to be any effect). The compressed air just needs to hiss a bit in his general vicinity and he tears off.

You have a strange cat so

Comment by Shauna (not verified) Sat, 03/24/2012 - 15:09

You have a strange cat so this might not work, but generally cats don't like the smell of citrus, so an orange peel in the plant pot might keep the cats away from the plants.

We had a problem with our eldest cat leaving my mom "presents" under her desk, she left an orange peel there for a while and I don't think he's been there since.

y'alls cats

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Sat, 03/24/2012 - 20:44

are friggin' broken
they both tolerate water like it was a breath of fresh air...
they're just straight weird.

Not on topic for this comic

Comment by This Guy (not verified) Sat, 03/24/2012 - 22:56

So, i wanted to email you, Ananth, but wasn't able to find the one for this comic and didn't knwo if you'd check the other one...

But i was wondering...

whatever happened to Hawk and AppleGeeks?


Comment by Anya (not verified) Sun, 03/25/2012 - 09:22

You can't be mad at a cute cat like that! D: It's too adorable!

hang on

Comment by tahrey (not verified) Mon, 03/26/2012 - 03:32

...shouldn't that have been a "Nope." ? :D


Comment by Pupsqueak (not verified) Tue, 03/27/2012 - 10:48

I have that exact problem with my little guy, Wesley. He's totally unphased by anything we do to "punish him" for getting on the counter or eating the plants or whatever. I don't know what to do about him!