How to Be a Responsible Pet Owner

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Reader Comments (36)

You have my sympathies, I had had to go through that for about a week after my cat had a tooth pulled. I was given a choice between oral and injections, and being squeamish and worried about doing injections wrong, I went with oral. Now I wonder if injections would have actually been easier.

November 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCaptXpendable

I just realised that your script isn't handwritten - it appears to be a handwritten font... Is it a creation of yours?
(Ashamedly I spent far too long comparing o's and n's)
(I also - somewhat more ashamedly - only realised in February 2012 (where I'm up to in the archives))... Did I mentioned I'm ashamed? Is there an instruction on how to deal with shame?

Furthermore, cats are exceptionally devious when it comes to eating tablets hidden in food - they are exquisitely capable of eating all BUT the tablet - fiendish.

The font is of my handwriting -- making my own fonts is a wee hobby of mine. This particular font can be found at, and I have others (and an icon pack to boot) over at Holiday Doodles. ~Missy

November 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNixon

Best of luck to the poor cat; both infected with disease AND betrayed by his treacherous human!

November 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames D. Gray

Figured I'd put this up here near the top -- this strip was written about a month and a half ago. Unfortunately, the cat's condition took a drastic turn this past week, and he passed away. We had him 15 years, and loved every minute of it. We're ROFG, but getting better.

November 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMissy

Oh poor cat; was it Commie?

They leave holes in your heart when they go that nothing can fill.

Yes, it was Commie. ~Missy

November 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames D. Gray

I am very sorry for your loss. Pets are family and leave quite a hole when they pass away. I hope the memories shared will soon fill the emptiness.

November 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNelle

I'm sorry for your loss. I, too, am ROFG. It's always hard to lose our good friends...

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdrian

Sympathies on the loss of your kitty. It's so hard to lose a cat companion.

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Damn, sorry to hear that. Our cat is pushing that age too.

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

I have to do this with one of my children to get Calpol into them, and they scream like they are being tortured. They do the same for having their teeth brushed or for having a shower. I'm surprised social services haven't been called by the neighbours.

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames

I'm gutted for you. Which of your cats?

Commie, our little gentleman from Russia. ~Missy

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

Aw, so sorry about your beloved cat. :(

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCR

I'm sorry with you.

You and your cat - as we saw him in 2007 - actually are on page one of Google results for "ROFG", alongside (well - below) The Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group.

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

Ah, what a shame to hear about your cat. I'm sure he knew how much you loved him.

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Nelson

Sorry to hear about your cat, but at the same time happy for your cat that he got 15 good years. It's a rare cat that does so well.

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBabyDoc

Very sorry for the loss of your cat. However, sinisterly sneaking up on your cat is just desserts. It's what they do all the time.

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

I'm so sorry to hear that: we just went through exactly the same thing, losing our cat Max on Monday. It was sad to make Thanksgiving dinner and not constantly have to keep him out of the food.

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGawain


"I have to do this with one of my children to get Calpol into them, and they scream like they are being tortured."

Calpol? I used to love Calpol, they had to keep the bottle on a high shelf. Suppose it's the classic reverse psychology of children -- anything they have to have, they don't want, and vice versa.

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Missy and Scott, so sorry to hear. I've outlived a few over the years, and it's so painful. Thanks for loving the little guys, even when it seems like it's for way too short a time. Thank you for making us laugh a bit even through this.

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Panel 1 made me want to laugh and cry at the same time. That exact same thing happened to one of my cats last year -- she had been a butterball her whole life, and when we realized she was down to a healthy weight, it was the first sign we had that something was seriously wrong. She died not long after (at age 13, so she had a good long life).

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Doubt about comic illustrator in general:
The fine and funny illustrator of “Savage Chikens”, Doug Savage, is the owner of, at least, one cat,
just like Monsieur Meyer.
My brother is an illustrator too, and he owns a cat too; now I wonder: all those who work as illustrators have a common gen that makes them own cats or something like that?
Is there any evidence of a fine illustrator who owns a dog?

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercarlos castillo

Next time for a rerun, post this in memorium. Still one of my all-time favourites:

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBruce

Both of you have my sympathies for the passing of your feline companion.

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKG

Sorry for the loss of your cat. I have gone through it myself, and even years later, I still get choked up whenever I think about it. For some strange reason, I have never been able to get rid of his collar.

But I now have a dog and two cats, and believe me, it is far, far, easier to medicate a dog. Just put the pill inside a piece of cheese, and throw it in the air. Gulp! Done.

November 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

I'm sorry about your kitty. It's hard to lose them. They crawl into your heart and never really leave.

I had to do the syringe thing too for a few years. My kitty would usually run upstairs when she saw me getting it out, and I'd have to go up there and give her the meds. After she passed away (she was nearly 16), for a while I'd get this sudden stab of missing her all over again every time I realized it was time for her medication, but she wasn't here to take it anymore.

November 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristina L

I'm so sorry about your cat. Thanks for giving him 15 years of love.

November 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Well done, I literally laughed out loud at this one. And was not expecting panel 4's punchline at all. I don't remember how I found this comic, but I'm certainly glad I did.

December 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjimfromtx

Sorry for your loss, Missy and Scott. Had a semi-feral cat adopt us a few years ago, became a beloved pet. He was incredibly difficult to get to the vet and to "pill". You'd think two adults could handle a 10 pound disoriented cat with an inner ear infection... You'd be wrong. More Bactine, please. Sadly, he passed a month later from a secondary infection. Always heartbreaking...

December 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChuck

Really very sorry for the loss of your furry friend. (I don't know whether to be horrified or grateful that I now know what "ROFG" means.) Lots of purry, furry virtual hugs sent your way...

December 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLorna

I'm so sorry for your loss.

December 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSunny

I'm so sorry to hear about your cat. I'm glad you guys got so many happy years together.

December 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRenleigh

Blah. I had a hard time feeding my cat pills once. She struggled so violently that she ended up damaging a tooth. You want to feel evil, try that -- try to make your cat feel better, end up damaging its teeth, and watch it hide from you for weeks. She sorta got over it after a while, but there is some level of trust that never came back.

December 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDrowlord

I'm sorry to hear about Commie. I just visited my ex-wife and our 13-year-old poodle, Zinc, over Thanksgiving and I dread the day that his day comes. I already miss his brother, Copper, who passed away last year. That's one reason I can't handle pets: I can't handle losing them.

To try and return to the humourous part of this strip: "...sneaking up on my cat with a syringe hidden behind my back just couldn't feel more sinister." Perhaps it could if the syringe had a needle... and you had an eyepatch... and were Daryl Hannah.

December 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

I am sorry to hear about your cat. I lost my first dog ever--also of fifteen years--a month ago. It is never easy to lose a good and loyal friend. I will not say that I know how you feel, but we did our share of ROF,G in our house, too.

December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKen

I have a fairly laid back cat to whom I have to administer half a pill twice a day (thyroid). I rolled him up in a towel the first few times and made sure to include lots of petting pre- and a few treats post-pill. It seems to work pretty well as he appears rather blase about the business now. I haven't needed to use a towel in a looong time.

December 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrederica P.

"There's a lot more to pet ownership than just giving your pet what it wants." Hmm, I'm really surprised I didn't see " your pet what THEY want."

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElyob
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