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The cat made me an offer I couldn't refuse.

I'm here all night, people.

January 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIT'S 2014 AGAIN EVERYBODY!

Ha! Yes, cats DO run an extortion racket. That 6 AM meow that means "You might as well get up and feed me 'cause you certainly ain't gonna get any more sleep until you do."

January 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJames D. Gray

My cat liked the litter-robot, and I think it would work fine for multiple cats. They're available on Amazon and look like a kitty cat Death Star, so there's that.

January 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChance

That's an apt description. Pretty sure my cats are a hairball away from RICO charges.

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

I've read that the best arrangement is to have a box for each cat, plus an extra. I have four cats and nine boxes, but besides having a large basement, I am not good about cleaning the boxes every day, and this way, my cats can pick the least stinky of their several options. Sad but true.

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

So, the thing I don't understand is that people who love cats seem to see exactly the same traits I see in them, yet love them for them, instead of hating them intensely. It's not like you can't see it's an evil creature living off your largess and threatening you with physical harm.
You know, there are shelters to help people get away from abusive room-mates...

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKibi

We actually made a litter box out of a storage bin. the sides are higher and it seems to work better than the store bought litter boxes. We just cut a lower opening on one side.

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermarr

Actually, for 2 cats, you need 2 litter boxes. Some of the meowing means "Oh gross, I have to pee where *he* just peed? I'll get boygerms! Oh wait, your ironing board is up, that'll do." (true story) Repeat after me, "I love my cat, I love my cat..." I recommend really tall litter boxes - it's amazing how high and far an enthusiastic digger can throw slightly damp litter with those cute little paws. Side note: you *can* teach a cat to use the toilet, you *can't* convince a fussy cat to use the same toilet as the other cat. *sigh*

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAA

I did this. Was having gross litter issues and then I read that a cat's litterbox should be 1.5x times the length of the cat. (Measuring my cat was the fun part) Got a big storage bin and cut a window into it and she was so excited she dug around in it for the first hour.

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJon S

Panel 4 = Spit take

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMickle Spiffy

There are good economic reasons for buying a cheaper version of the litter box, true.

Of course, imagine that you are a creature driven solely by bodily urges, without remorse, conscience, or morality. And imagine that what you value most in life is a daily routine, familiarity, and consistency. Now, imagine that you are a cat. But I repeat myself.

I await with amused cynicism (etymological pun fully intended) the, er, outcome of this exercise in thrift.

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Wow. As the proud owner of a cat that is over 20 years old, that hits a little close to home.

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

I can definitely recommend this litterbox, in which the plastic storage bin has a useful sifting grid: http://amzn.to/1e787Eh

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Klutzke

Mafia cats? New reality show perhaps?

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermohrorless

What are you some sort of time traveler? It's only 2013!

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGorbjob

We have a cat that I believe holds his bladder until Christmas every year, just to pee on the presents.

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJames

This hits so close to home that for a second I thought you'd bugged my house. Too funny!

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMattKaiser

They're litterally the same thing.

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterXaxyx

I would type something pithy, but The Princess is looking over my shoulder, waiting for more tuna (oil-packed, of course), wouldn't want any accidents...

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTam

This is a really nice comments section. Be a shame if something happened to it.

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTwitching

I found my "litter box" in the concrete department at HomeDepot. Most people would use it to mix mortar.

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJrrarglblarg

I know your comics take a while to post, so you've probably already got your litterbox, but the CatGenie literally changed my life.

I hate cats. My wife has a cat. I secretly kick it every chance I get. But when my wife got pregnant she pulled the "pregnant women can't touch cat litter" card. NOPE! We got the CatGenie and I haven't looked back since. You attach it to a water source (probably a toilet) and a drain (here's where that toilet comes in handy again). 15 minutes after the cat goes in it uses the water to wash the granules and dumps the waste and water into the drain. You end up giving the thing a "deep clean" (take it apart and hose it down) about twice a year.

The only thing that would make me happier would be if the thing had a little noose in it for the cat.

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShaftway

"the stuff you need to maintain them aren't."

- wouldn't that read better with "ain't" ?

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterstringph

plus, you can buy the storage bin at a discount hardware store instead of an overpriced pet shop.

too bad cats can't be trained to barf in designated containers, speaking of bad things happening. all over the place...

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjj

This is why I don't own cats.

Then I come home from work half an hour late to find my dog apparently held it all day long, but just couldn't wait till I opened the door. Then I wonder why I don't have a cat.

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLT.Son

For the truly large cat, plastic kiddie pools are also an option.

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Standard litter boxes have walls that are far too short. Cats squat when dumping but tend to stand and spray for the other thing (remind you of anyone, Missy?). I have 4 high sided storage boxes from Bunnings (an Aussie hardware store) and now I don't have to bleach my walls every 6 weeks.

January 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterfudspong

I never get the whole cat hate thing. They pretty much do their own thing and leave you alone. What's to hate? It's like having an irrational loathing of Canadians. Dog's, on the other hand, are like having a hyperactive toddler (that never grows up) with fangs...

January 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaldude

not my work, but is funny, yah!
Excerpt from a dog’s diary:
8:00 Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:20 A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:30 A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 Slept in the sun! My favorite thing!
5:00 Milk bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 Chased the ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
10:30 Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!
EXCERPT FROM A CAT’S DIARY
Day 983 of my captivity. My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.
They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.
The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.
Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a ‘good little hunter’ I am. Bastards.
There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of ‘allergies.’ I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage..
Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow — but at the top of the stairs.
I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released – and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.
The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now………

January 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdeimos

My in-laws shared the storage tote trick with us, due to the improved cost, the tendency to kick litter outside of shallow boxes, and the sheer SIZE of a couple of the cats (they are not overweight at all, they are just tall and long).

I'm building some "litter houses" to keep the boxes in, with ventilation, doorways for the cats to access, and hinges for me to access the boxes to clean them. When finished they will look like low tables (better for containing any stray litter, also more attractive than a bunch of litter boxes all over the house). Thinking of adding cat tree components to the top of them. Since they're there anyhow . . .

I don't understand the source of cat/dog hatred. My wife and I are animal people, and the folks who say they "hate" cats or dogs etc. sound like they need counseling of some sort. Maybe someone can enlighten?

February 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIan

Cats are just adorable. Like how our cat recently jumped on the table where we had our strawberry pie. Landed straight on top of the cake. Not with the feet, of course. They landed on each side of the cake. It was just all her belly hair that was put onto the suddenly no longer delicious-looking cake.

Stupid hairy bastards.

November 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKae

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