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Tue, 12/23/2008 - 00:08 by Ananth in response to guilty until proven guilty

That's Yuko's mom in the comic there, and the offender is one of her two cats, Gonta. Gonta is named after Yuko's Dad's old cat, who was a cat that was secretly a dog. I'm visiting with Yuko's folks during the holidays, although maybe it is also true to say that I am visiting Mika (the other cat) and Gonta. 

I really like cats. 

The first cat I ever really had experience with was Archer's cat, Felix. Felix was actually a girl, which is actually less amusing than the circumstances under which she came to live with Archer's family. As the story goes, it was Halloween and they were handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, and then they closed the door and turned around and there was the cat in the house, making herself quite comfortable. She took up residence and never left. 

I don't dislike dogs, but the only dogs I ever really like are the really big, really relaxed dogs. If it's a wolfy dog that's a big plus, although that's purely an aesthetic thing ... I am a big fan of cats because they're self-sufficient, they like to wander, they sometimes deign to be affectionate to humans, and I can daydream about the adventures they have while I'm away. They just strike me as more interesting. Some day when I'm able, I'd like to get two cats - a kitten and an older cat. I read Chi's Sweet Home and it's pretty cute, but now I'm worried about what a kitten would do on its own. 

Secretly, though, I think I want a tiger. 


Hahahaha... We got a dog 1

Comment by elorg (not verified) Tue, 12/23/2008 - 00:38


We got a dog 1 year ago today actually. She's the best dog ever (literally), but I'm still a cat person. With dogs, you can't say "Here's 3 days' worth of food and water, we're spending the weekend in Boston."

A friend had an eVil cat named Squeak. He would come home from work every few days to find that Squeak had somehow unlocked his computer. He had to set an actual password because his cat would somehow press ctrl+alt+del then Enter...

Heh. One of our cats (Unmei)

Comment by Shawn Handyside (not verified) Tue, 12/23/2008 - 00:46

Heh. One of our cats (Unmei) does this all the time. BAD KITTY


Comment by Aido Tue, 12/23/2008 - 01:05

Don't lie.  You're just going to my parents' place to see Mika.  It's like saying you're going to see Megan, but you're just going to hang out with Callie the whole time.

I see through your clever ruse. 

Well duh

Comment by Decad (not verified) Tue, 12/23/2008 - 10:25

Come on Aido would you want to hang around some old people when you can instead hang around with cats?

You have to watch out with

Comment by Louis (not verified) Tue, 12/23/2008 - 01:24

You have to watch out with cats. They can quickly turn your house into a zoo. My mother got me two kittens early last year. They were young and weren't properly weaned or litter trained, so we got another slightly older kitty to teach them a thing or two. It worked, but then the older cat got pregnant. We ended up with eight little rascals, three of whom I passed off to my friends, two I kept and three went through the shelter system to homes. The three that went to my friends grew up and had their own litters, which I had to help deliver and later wean, and one of them is possibly growing her second litter.

The kittens of my kittens are being passed off to friends in the area also, who are now coming to me for advice. It never ends, but I love them so much. Also you can give them cool names. One litter contained a grey boy and a black boy, so I named them Miles Edgeworth and Phoenix Wright.


Comment by Elizabeth B (not verified) Tue, 12/23/2008 - 15:38

Please, please, please, please, please spay and neuter your cats. It's wonderful that you were so careful with finding homes for all of them, and you plainly love and care for yours, but sending any of them through the shelter system puts a load on the shelters, which could be taking care of abandoned or abused cats instead. Cats can only turn your house into a zoo if you don't alter them.

This is so true. My cats

Comment by Fiona (not verified) Tue, 12/23/2008 - 04:26

This is so true. My cats like to do the same kind of thing, except with people's clothing as the people are walking by. Especially when said people are walking by without feeding the kitties.


Comment by Decad (not verified) Tue, 12/23/2008 - 08:29

we currently have two cats here. An older cat who we've had all his life. He's 15 now thats very old for a cat, his sister who we'd also kept died last year but for the runt of the littler 15 years is a very good age. We also had another cat we "stole" from an abusive family he died last year too unfortunately from a heart tumour. Not a good year.

So we were left with this old old cat who was still in exceptional health asides from having no teeth but he just kept moping around the house all lonely. So we took in this three week old kitten who'd been found in a field. She was this adorable little ball of fur her tail was gigantic! it was like a tiny body with a huge furry head and an even bigger furry tail attached. At first they fought a lot but after a while they got used to each other and its like she's shaved years off the older cats age, he acts like a young kitten again and he's much more alert now as well. She's grown into a huuuge fat hairy cat as well, we think she's a Maine Coon or at least part one as she certainly looks like one, although she's anything but mellow and I can't help but wonder how two three week old Maine Coon kittens ended up in a field in Britain considering they're an American breed (unfortunately our kittens brother died in the field).

Haha oh the "stuck" face. My

Comment by Sono (not verified) Tue, 12/23/2008 - 09:15

Haha oh the "stuck" face. My cats (and my friend's cat) get stuck to things often. My friend's cat Ruby had a habit of getting his claws stuck in things and then falling asleep there.

my moggies

Comment by Jelliphiish (not verified) Tue, 12/23/2008 - 09:39

Magic and Merlyn. Brothers both just about year old. Rescue cats and the Cats Protection League (am in the U.K.) didn't want to seperate them. we couldn't resist them..Merlyn's mostly white with black splats and Magic's mostly black and touched by white. Both are nuts. They have demolished the wallpaper to a height of, well, about as high as they can it has a wonderfully spongy textured surface, just right for sinking the claws into. They get a look of purest joy when they're not aware they're about to get bombarded by soft furnishing items..
I've had dogs too, some quite memorably both loving and para-psychotically protective. Cats don't care so much about the humans who happen to inhabit their turf, as long as they submit to the demands for the random shnuggies..
Ananth: All cats think they're tigers in the Dark ;)

Really though, I think

Comment by Ana (not verified) Tue, 12/23/2008 - 09:50

Really though, I think everyone secretly wants a tiger.

Happy Holidays : )


Comment by Marky Mark (not verified) Tue, 12/23/2008 - 10:11

Ananth, goto youtube and search for Serval. It's almost like having a tiger.

I had a cat that was

Comment by Teenage Mutant Killer Tomato (not verified) Tue, 12/23/2008 - 10:39

I had a cat that was obsessed with me. We got her as a wee tiny thing and she was sick so we had to keep her away from our older cat so she didn't spread her sickies.

So I had spent for example an hour or two just letting her sleep on top of me, and made a point to give her a lot of attention while she was living either in my room or guest room exclusively. After that she wanted to be around me all the time. She was a total slut for attention she'd claw at my door for like half an hour (some times I just waited to see when she'd stop). If i didn't open up she'd settle for someone else but when I opened the door to go to the bathroom or something she was done with them.

I miss that cat.

I was looking into what it takes to own a tiger, a while ago. Apparently they piss all over everything.

I will have a pet someday,

Comment by John Kelly (not verified) Tue, 12/23/2008 - 10:39

I will have a pet someday, but it will have no hair. And it shall bathe daily. And be made to wear clothing. And speak the Queen's English.


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Comment by conrad Tue, 12/23/2008 - 22:17


It's like when you take a

Comment by John Kelly (not verified) Tue, 12/23/2008 - 22:25

It's like when you take a picture of an animal with a flash and they get that weird internal retina reflection thing in their eyes.



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Comment by Mercury (not verified) Tue, 12/23/2008 - 12:21

We have a cat who has been declawed who tries to do that to our speakers. It turns out the only thing cuter than a cat that gets stuck to something is one who can't.

My cat is secretly a dog :3

Comment by Sophia (not verified) Tue, 12/23/2008 - 12:26

My cat is secretly a dog :3 He runs after things you throw and chases his own tail and eats way too much food.

He also gets stuck on things. Usually the couch. Sometimes he's so stuck that he'll be there for a while, meowing in distress, hoping someone will come help him >_o Silly cat.


Comment by Jai (not verified) Tue, 12/23/2008 - 12:32

Tigers are adorable when they are small and kittenish (although they are about the size of a regular housecat at about a month) and are totally fun to play with because they growl and have these over-sized kitty paws. But then they get big and when they swat at you at 7 months, they knock you down and go after the livestock. Meat is expensive also. :\
That said, if you know how to train one, best of luck to you! (and have the proper space and permits...It's legal to keep a tiger in Texas, idk about other states' laws)

The truth of the matter is...

Comment by Khaled (not verified) Tue, 12/23/2008 - 13:21

I adore Gonta (and Mika, but mainly Gonta as I am a sucker for Siamese), and holy shit there should just be. A bunch of comics about what they do (OR MAY POSSIBLY DO) when nobody is looking. Cats do lots of stuff, I KNOW IT.

kitty cam

Comment by or1gb1u3 (not verified) Tue, 12/23/2008 - 15:36

hook up a vid cam and watch when you get home.

also my mom has a cat named peaches. but the 2 cats i have had over the last few years have both passed. 1ecky (stood for 1eye camp kill yourself[nother story]) and sassy unfortunatly they were not to old when they passed :( but i still miss them. I like my moms cat but she likes to be out side a lot more

Tiger like cats

Comment by MagoFIrst (not verified) Tue, 12/23/2008 - 13:23

A few years ago there was a story in the paper about these cat breeders on the west coast that were working on breading a house cat that looked like a tiger but only smaller. they were also working on breeding a trait into them that made them enjoy water like real tigers. some of their first generations were actually really cute but came with hefty price tags of over thousands of dollars. not to mention they have to hide their place from the idiots at peta.

Cats rule.

Comment by Elizabeth B (not verified) Tue, 12/23/2008 - 15:41

We have two. They... don't get along so well. Le sigh. But they're adorable beasties.

Gonta's bugged-out OHSHIT face is hilarious. Also the WHO ME? expression.

1) Lead Russia 2) Wait until your birthday

Comment by Kim (not verified) Tue, 12/23/2008 - 18:14

Secretly you want to be Vladimir Putin.

You can't just have one cat.

Comment by Jody (not verified) Tue, 12/23/2008 - 21:15

You can't just have one cat. There's some kind of law of thermodynamics or something that forbids it. We lost our older cat (14 years old) to cancer in October, and our younger cat (6 years) is not coping well with the loss. We're going to adopt another cat right after the holiday I think.

We briefly considered a dog for the sake of our son, but at the moment he's only 2, so I suspect the idea of responsibility and companionship a dog supposedly brings would be utterly lost on him. Besides that, we live on a VERY busy road with no fence, and I'm not terribly comfortable with that. We can keep the cats indoors, problem solved.

I would like a white tiger, personally.

I've got a cat and a dog.

Comment by Abeo (not verified) Wed, 12/24/2008 - 19:32

I've got a cat and a dog. They keep each other company very well.

As for the no fence issue, you could get a long lead that you tie your dog to. If properly trained it wouldn't even need to be that secure.


Comment by Halconnen (not verified) Thu, 01/01/2009 - 10:20

Be insanely careful with overpopulation of cats, though. It might lead to a nuclear catsplosion faster than you think. =/


Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 12/24/2008 - 00:01


Cuttlefish are cooler though

Comment by Decad (not verified) Wed, 12/24/2008 - 07:23

Although lets face it Cuttlefish are cooler once you've trained them

Kittens are freaking

Comment by Raika (not verified) Sat, 12/27/2008 - 03:30

Kittens are freaking adorable, but you have to give 'em a lot of attention otherwise they will meow your ears off.

My roommate once brought home a kitten for exactly 3 days and 2 nights. It was too young to be away from the mom cat, however unfortunately the person who owned said mom cat was getting rid of the litter by putting it in a box close to our school. A bunch of people were taking them, and although my roommate wasn't originally going to get one, a friend of hers took one in before realizing that she couldn't keep it, so my roommate decided to rescue the kitten from that situation.

This was, of course, during finals.

The cat meowed a lot, and it wasn't the cute kind of meow either. It was a piercing meow, and I'm surprised that no one called management on us. We barely had any room for the poor thing, however we managed to give it a little room by giving the kitten an unused corner. We played with him when we had the time and fed him on a regular basis. I have a pair of giant cat slippers and the little guy loved them, except he tried feeding on them a few occasions and we had to get him to stop.

Fortunately the kitten's stay was temporary until my roommate's parents could pick the little guy up and keep it at their house. During the last day/night while I was pulling an all-nighter, the kitten kept crying, so I continuously had to break away from my work and cuddle with him until he'd stop before going back at it again. At one point he just fell asleep in my arms and the moment pretty much just melted my heart. <3 Even despite the meowing and the stressful time of finals, he was adorable and way too cute! I am so adopting a cat or two once I have a stabler (and hopefully quieter) place.

This was back in the beginning of the year, so he's been at her parent's house for awhile now. He's very happy and doing great, and he's huge now. He's a biter and claws at everything apparently. Quite the beast. :D

Sorry for babbling. Just wanted to share the experience. :) If you ever do get a kitten, I hope you share the experience with us. :D


Comment by stevehill (not verified) Mon, 12/29/2008 - 13:21

First off, good job to Conrad for finally adding an "add a comment" link at the bottom of the page. *eye roll*

Second, all these stories of kitties make me want to recall the sad tale of my old cat Spinky.


While he was named after my dad's dog that he had when he was young, he was not much like a dog at all. We got him as a kitten not long after our parents split up (10 or so years ago), partially because my dad never wanted one because he didn't like cats. Unfortunately a few years later, my mom remarried and he was allergic to cats. So since my step mom had a few cats already, he went to go live with my dad and their cats. This was all well and good until about 3 or 4 years ago, my dad made my step mom leave, and she took her cat with her (one had died), so it was just my dad (who doesn't like cats) and Spinky, all alone in a house together. A year ago though, my dad decided to get remarried, but she was allergic to cats as well, and since my sister was in the dorms and I in a "no pets" house, we had to put him up for adoption at 10 years old. The story does have a happy ending though, as my new step mom had a friend whose father had died recently, and their mother was feeling very lonely. So we gave Spinky to her, and they've been best friends ever since. So after all that time being caught in the middle, he finally has a happy home. I just hope she calls him Spinky still. >_>

on the subject of big dogs

Comment by Ri (not verified) Mon, 01/05/2009 - 22:41

I have a big big big puppy who is not quite a puppy any longer. She weighed more than me until about... oh, say maybe 3 years ago. I'm not exactly a heavyweight champion, so this isn't as impressive as it sounds. She's an Afghan hound/german shepherd/golden lab/something else mutt, but she's utterly sweet and also a big fat coward. We used to have yorkies on our block and when she saw them she would cower, the oaf.

Most of the large dogs I've ever met are also big lovable animals. I know maybe not everyone has had the same positive experiences I've had with big dogs, but there you go. To me, there's just something about coming home to hug someone almost as big as you are who is not a human and gives hugs unconditionally.

Cats! Are insane.

Comment by Willow (not verified) Sat, 01/31/2009 - 02:37

I've reread the entire comic archives....four, five times, now? And this is by far my favorite strip. Just from personal experience, I will say this now: Cats are all kinds of ridiculous. And they get stuck to mesh stuff. All the time.

This site has become a fast favorite for me, and I look forward to each update. Thanks much, guys, and keep up the marvelous work!

Similar names

Comment by JT (not verified) Wed, 04/29/2009 - 09:00

Haha I love the names! Gonta and Mika! :3 I have a puppy named Mika and she has the same personality sorta. Whenever she gets caught doing something she tries to play it off. I remember once I caught her trying to crawl under a fence and she got stuck. I didnt have the heart to yell at her because she looked so sad stuck there lmao. Amazing comics I LOVE IT :3

This is so brilliant! I

Comment by Holly (not verified) Wed, 04/29/2009 - 11:37

This is so brilliant! I have a cat too, and boy, do I know this scene well. Cats are so ridiculous.


Comment by Hari Senbon (not verified) Thu, 04/30/2009 - 22:57

First off, I have met more cats named Gonta than I can count on both hands. Secondly, cats that are secretly dogs? I think this is a Japanese-cat phenomenon. I am moving back to the 'States and taking my Japanese cat-dog home with me next month. Thirdly, and the reason I am replying: the difference between this comic and what happens in my life? Instead of yelling, "GONTA! NO!", my cat hears "CRICKET! AKAN NE YA!" I don't know how much Japanese Yuko speaks, but someone might find it interesting. (Osaka cat!)

I discovered your comic the other day via QC and, I must say, I am addicted. Keep up the great work!

Great book

Comment by Martin Widmark (not verified) Fri, 06/05/2009 - 11:54

Anyone read Tailchasers Song by Tad Williams? Great book about a cat named Tailchaser. Adventures in the big forest, hunting, loud cats, love and partying! :)

My cat..

Comment by JesseT77 (not verified) Tue, 06/16/2009 - 15:32

ran into this problem upstairs, this summer when it began to get hot and we opened the window so there was only a screen. And she's kind of overweight, and got both claws stuck. And can't understand that you are here to help when you gently pull her paw upwards to release her claws from the screen that isn't strongly secured into the second floor window sill. :(

Haha, I think this is

Comment by Ellaanabeth (not verified) Tue, 06/16/2009 - 20:13

Haha, I think this is something that every cat owner who has speakers has to go through. My cat does this all the time, and the speakers we have we don't care about, so when the cat does this, my brothers and I grab popcorn to watch. Eventually one of the parental units comes charging in and lets the cat go. You'd think eventually the cat would learn.

...My brother just informed me that he used to put catnip in the speakers to get my cat to do this. -_-0. Bad brother.

young cat and old cat

Comment by Shauna (not verified) Sat, 09/19/2009 - 20:43

I have an old (11 years) and a young cat (turned 1 this july) (and another in between) they get along pretty well, there was a little fighting at the beginning since they're both male but it was sorted out and they don't anymore.

It's really adorable when you have a female cat and you get a kitten. Her mothering instincts kick in and she'll take care of the kitten, when we let the kitten outside the female cat brought a injured rabbit for him which he played with instead of eating.


Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 01/12/2010 - 12:15

If you seceretly want a tiger but can only get a cat - Get a Toyger!


Comment by Asher (not verified) Sun, 04/25/2010 - 15:37

Cats are awesome for all the reasons you mentioned. Also, the dogs you like are the only kinds of dogs I "like". And even stranger, I, too, would like to own a tiger.

Don't you hate it when people declaw their cats, put a bell on them, and let them outside? I would only do that to a cat if I HATED them. Also, inside cats. Heart disease isn't doing that cat any favors.

I think I secretly want to break into all people's houses who do that to their cats and free them.

Oh my gosh.

Comment by Dr. Sakuya, PhD (not verified) Sun, 07/11/2010 - 16:22

That is exactly the same way I feel about cats, but we had to get rid of ours because most of my family is allergic to cats, including myself, but I still love cats. My first dog was a big one, I don't even remember what kind, but all but one of the dogs we got after that have been small. The other big one was abandoned as a puppy and my sister found him, but he was pretty violent when he was mad :c. At any other time he was cool, though. I was sad when we had to get rid of him, but I know he's happier now.

I liked cats, until I got

Comment by Xandra (not verified) Thu, 12/02/2010 - 03:12

I liked cats, until I got one, nah I still love them but there's one that drives me nuts, and that's not easy.


Comment by Doreibo (not verified) Fri, 09/02/2011 - 22:16

So it seems this little wish came true in the end.
Huzzah for Rook & Cricket!

That's what I was thinking!

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Mon, 07/02/2012 - 01:25

That's what I was thinking! Hooray, stuff working out.