How to Wash a Cat (rerun)

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Reader Comments (31)

And now it's the Christmas season!

(This comic has become part of my annual tradition.)

December 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

I usually strip down to running shorts when bathing a cat. I'm going to get drenched no matter what I'm wearing, and heavy clothing won't protect against teeth and claws anyway so why risk getting them shredded?

December 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDave H

I think you posted the print version? (White background?)

That's how the strips were done, back in the day (2006). Back before gradients and gray washes, we had nothing but white. Uphill! Both ways! ~Missy

December 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

Do you have a time machine!? The copyright says 2006.

December 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeniy

Ummm....It's 2013, not 2006. You really need to update that.

December 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

Heya, I hope the smaller font and I assume a smaller size comic (in general) don't become the norm. It was hard enough making out the typing D:

Aside from that, good job with the comic <3

December 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNicholas Steel

Nevermind, while my concern is still valid I've just now notice the comic is from 2006 and afaik it wasn't until around 2008 or 2009 that you jumped to the larger size?

December 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNicholas Steel

And you thought the copyright being one month behind hurt people's minds. A rerun? With a copyright date from a different year? What is this madness?

December 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeesa

The 3rd panel tells me that this is someone who has experienced being scratched by a cat, probably many times. One of the worst things about the scratches is washing hands afterwards. It does burn!

I haven't had to wash a cat exactly, but I have had to wash acrylic paint off of a kitty tail once. Not fun.

December 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristina L

Ah, a classic! Just recently read it in your first book, too, and it was just as funny in print as on screen (plus I like the added commentary in the book version).

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCR


Is "hunker down Harriet" a quote from something, or did it just sound funnier than "hunker down Missy"?

Personally, I have found it simpler to learn to like the smell of dried cat saliva.

At the time, "hunker down, Harriet" was a quote from Space Ghost: Coast to Coast. Boy, talk about shows I haven't thought of in years. ~Missy

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

I was about to suggest you do reruns at the beginning of the year, perhaps every other day. In that way, the copyright date would be overlooked as if 2013 was a rerun just like 2006 or 2010.

But no. The first few comments on this rerun either overlooked the copyright or complained (mockly?) about a misspelled date: reactionary or lack of worthwhile wit.

Perhaps only subscribers should comment? This would presume your subscribers were effective nitpickers, or were well practiced with tasteful wit. While that may be true, there are bound to be people who aren't. As such, your subscribers would need reviewing, and comments that are reactionary or poor quality wit should be charged extra. Your choice of either per incidence or increased subscription price, catered to each subscriber for fairness.

You could also add an option for all people who read the comments so they could mark comments as charge worthy. That is, comments that waste someone's time can be marked as needing to charge the writer of the comment. You can then share some of that extra money with those who marked the comment as unworthy of reading, thereby compensating your readers who's time was wated by reactionary or poor quality wit from commenters (who would only be subscribers, hence can be charged).

You get extra money, readers get compensated for unregulated reactionary and micro-witted comments, and your wonderful basic instructions hopefully aren't detracted by horrendous comments anymore, including this one.

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThom

Our cat-washing team is usually three persons.
One holds the forefeet.
One holds the hind feet.
One does the washing.

Releasing the cat is the hardest part. If you just let go the cat will storm out in an instant preferably with claws out. On someones back and/or face.

So we developed a tricky method. We wrap the cat in a towel while still holding his legs. Once he's wrapped firmly we let go. He can't move easily. He has to fight his way out. And here comes the bonus. Struggling out of the towel the cat does half of the drying part himself. By the time he's out of the towel he's calm enough to finish the drying up with a smaller towel.

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterquantumboy

I so hope the copyright comments at this point are simply people intentionally yanking your chain. I somehow doubt it, but I'd feel better about the species if it was obnoxiousness rather than ignorance.

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEaving

How a real man washes a cat.
Step 1: Clean the bathroom.
Step 2: grab the cat and soothingly walk it to the bathroom.
Step 3: surprise the cat and throw it in the toilet with the lid closed.
Step 4: Hold the lid down and squirt soap into the toilet. - This is the hard part, make sure the cat doesn't scratch you while doing this.
Step 5: Flush the toilet several times so make sure the soap does it's job.
Step 6: stand clear while lifting the toilet seat up, because it is going to bolt.

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChubby Monkey

Various cats have owned me for thirty years, and I've never thought they needed washing. They smell like...well, like cats. It's a rather faint scent that is only obvious if you bury your nose in their fur.

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames D. Gray

Thom's suggestions for 'monetizing' this site are both brilliant and of high quality wit. Double his pay!

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermstrange

We never wash our cat. When we are brushing him, and he is relaxed, I wipe him down with a baby wipe. Hope this suggestion helps cut down on emegency room visits.

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvelyn

^This is my all-time favorite BI strip, despite the limitations of publication back in the day. I am grateful to have never had need to wash a cat; I think because mine have always been indoorsy, they've never picked up anything foul from the "real" world, and therefore, we've become accustomed to whatever dried cat spit smells like.

I guess you've started this new tradition with Tillamook Medium Cheddar, already? Or are you "bracing" yourselves for Round One with her?

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

I don't know, man. I come here for the copyright date comments. That shit is one of the silliest corners of the internet.

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergiri

Sadly I have to admit that your older comics were funnier than recent ones.

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjh

Only had to wash a cat once: when we didn't close the door to the garage as well as we thought we had, and our white cat spent the night rolling on the oil stains.
Luckily, I had an old motorcycle jacket and gloves to wear while employing Dawn (the dishwashing soap, not the backup vocalists) to remove the nasty toxic sludge from the cat's fur.
Needless to say, she hasn't opted to try rolling in petroleum products again.

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Thank God! I had dreamed that seven years went by without my doing anythiing productive. But it's only 2006. Hallelujah!

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBabyDoc

"How to beat a dead horse", by comment authors

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohnnyboy

@giri - my search for a comment worth reading was satisfied by yours. Thanks for the chuckle. :-)

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJack The Maniac

Panel Four of this comic right here is probably my all time favorite sarcasm reaction.

And Missy... is it true that you haven't really changed your hairstyle in over seven years? Or is Scott just too lazy to redraw you? In either case, I admire the effort.

Minor changes, and the color has varied widely, but on the whole it's been the same short, kinda spiky "Pokemon hair" for about 10 years or so. Every time I try to grow it out, I get frustrated and chop it back off. ~Missy

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

I probably posted this the last time we saw this rerun, but, the easiest way to wash a cat is to let the cat sit in your lap, and then "pet" her with a damp washcloth. They even make special cat shampoos that don't need rinsed off. If you do it right, the cat won't even realize she's being bathed. She'll just look up and suddenly think "My fur is all wet, how'd that happen?"

December 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEllendra

Charging us for comments that are judged petty, hmm... (1) uh-oh, and (2) you could call this new currency "snitcoins".

December 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

Thanks for all this weeks laughs. I had a terrible week. I really needed the laughs. Panel 2: looks like a fabulous dance move with kitty, and or slipping in socks with kitty.

December 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpeoriagrace

"If possible, I suggest you double team your cat."

Am I the only one who thought this sounded dirty?

December 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVenison

I love this comment. It reminds me to be thankful for indoor cats and the advent of flea-killing medicines that don't require a bath for the cat. When I was a kid, my parents gave our cats a flea-bath twice a year. I don't know how they managed it. In my adult life, I've only needed to give my cat a bath once - of course, it was in the middle of the night after she managed to get stuck in a grocery bag and pee all over herself. It was that night I concluded that caring for kittens must be a helpful preparatory step towards having kids.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnitra
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