How to Adjust Your Strategy

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Our cats have some sort of aversion to puking on the easy-to-clean kitchen linoleum, choosing instead to run straight to the hardwood floors or carpeting. And almost always in some spot where you can't easily grab them first.

January 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

Why is it that cats almost never throw up on the linoleum or anything that's fairly easy to clean up?

January 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKristina L

If your cat is puking that often, you might want to find out why. She shouldn't be doing it that much.

January 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEllendra

Why don't you just keep your shoes in the box that they came in when you are not wearing them?

January 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Bogosian

I have a feeling that if you actually store your often-worn shoes in the box they came in, you are deep in the minority.

January 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLythande

Hey look! You just got a new outside cat!

I await the hate.

January 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

So, the cat's the one with the adjusted strategy, right?

January 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterORione

At first this comic confused me. Scott obviously isn't adjusting his strategy, he's perfectly happy with it to begin with. Missy... well, she eventually gets her way, but not through any action on her own part.

But then I realized that the instructions about changing tactics to reach success refer not to Missy or Scott, but to the cat. It has modified its barfing strategy and leveraged its puke synergies to reach its maximum vomitential. Scott, you may not like your cat, but you have to admit, she's a winner.

January 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLockeZ

Seeing a cat being called obscene names is a downer. Seeing a functional adult human being called those names wouldn't bother me at all.

January 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

My cat has been puking regularly for 18 years and I don't see anything strange in that. But a cat called Capital, that's just weird.

January 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBaza


I prefer the cat puking on my shoes rather than going shoeless and having the cat puke on my socks. The key is not to get your shoe out of the way but to get your feet out of the shoe. This requires a shoe that is easy to slip off quickly and easy to clean. To wit, perhaps you have not heard of the perfect product for the owner of the gastrointestinally challenged cat:
Feline Emesis Slippers

This name did not sell so instead they renamed them CROCS (Cat Retching On Cleanable Shoes). They are the mobile linoleum for wherever your distressed cat takes you.

January 26, 2015 | Unregistered Commentertimbob

It's amazing to me how many people don't understand or refuse to accept that cats are evil with fur.

January 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterThe Other Mike

My parents' cat would run under the dining room table to throw up. Hard to reach *and* carpeted!

January 26, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjimfromtx

It looks like the copyright date is wrong -- it's currently 2015.

January 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Or you could try putting the cat in the box the shoes came in... if you catch my drift

January 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHunter

Or keep the cat in that box when you're not wearing your shoes.

January 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBeemused

Buy a sacrificial pair of shoes from Payless.

January 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJN

Or put a mask on the cat.

(though you really do need to find out why they're puking. If they eat grass, that's to make them puke, so if there's grass in there, they're not liking something they've been eating. If not, then there could be some gastric problem that won't be solved by changing their diet)

January 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterWow

Something I've found with people who say things like "your shoes are cheaper and easier to clean than carpet" is that this only applies to YOUR shoes, not theirs.

More frequently with money: "It's only a tenner, just forget about it!"
So give me a tenner.

January 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterWow

One time my dad tried to grab and move the cat instead. This resulted not only in a trail of vomit spraying across the floor leading to the doorway, but also in the cat choking and having to be taken to the emergency vet. Fun times.

January 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLockeZ

Your cat's name is Capital? That's interesting.

January 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSumocat

Cats (and dogs) prefer to throw up and pee on carpet because there is less splashback than on wood floor or linoleum.

January 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMike B

I still love the idea of a cat-puke alarm clock. No other sound gets me out of bed that fast.

January 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

You could go to a thrift store and buy a bunch of $2.00 shoes. I'd pay $2.00 to avoid cleaning up cat puke.

January 26, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterrb

That's where the cat sleeps.

In other news...

January 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKonrad

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