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August 8, 2007


Filed under: Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, cats, CIDU, comic strips, comics — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am


Janis stubbed her toe on the cat? The cat bit her?

Have I ever understood a cat comic?


  1. You can barely see it, but the cat’s claws are out. Kitty spotted an intruder into its underground lair and responded with appropriate force.

    Comment by FlyingFish — August 8, 2007 @ 1:37 am

  2. My mother’s cat does this to me everytime I visit.

    I hate that cat.

    Comment by Duh — August 8, 2007 @ 1:57 am

  3. Unsuspecting toes make great cat toys. Well, great for the cat, not so great for the person attached to the toes.

    Comment by Katheryn Saunders — August 8, 2007 @ 2:57 am

  4. Would’ve been more clear had she been barefoot, I think.

    Comment by Powers — August 8, 2007 @ 6:55 am

  5. Ah, the SWIPE. That old fallback of cat jokes.

    I thought everybody’s cat did this. When I found out some people have docile pets that don’t revert to savagery at the twitch of a toe, I became very jealous.

    My current cat does not swipe. She knows too well that my family does not tolerate this, and may respond in kind.

    Comment by Steve — August 8, 2007 @ 8:17 am

  6. This is mostly the behavior of young, fiesty cats. The kittens consider it playing. As they get older, they’re like people; they’re more likely to yell/growl if they have a problem with your encrochment. We have a couple middle aged lady cats that are often too tired to put up much of a fight with the new kittens in the neighborhood that like teasing them.

    Comment by Rasheed — August 8, 2007 @ 8:56 am

  7. I wouldn’t exactly count it as a repeated joke, since this one is wordless, but there was a previous A&J with the punchline “Get bloodstains off a duvet?”

    Comment by Mark — August 8, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

  8. I want to explicitly describe what’s going on, in case someone still doesn’t get it: The first 3 frames are from the cat’s point of view, waiting under the bed for a nice moving target to pounce upon. In the 3rd frame, Janis’ foot enters the cat’s “kill box”. The last frame is the result of the ensuing attack.

    Comment by brien — August 8, 2007 @ 6:32 pm

  9. and just to reiterate (perhaps unneedlessly, but for the un-catted among us!), it’s not a bitten toe or a stubbed toe–it’s a CLAWED toe–and there is NOTHING like a cat’s extended claw to send you hopping.

    a cat I had once was sleeping on the bed, and I must’ve moved suddenly. He jumped into the air and on the way down, scraped his extended claws across my face. I woke up for 10 seconds, but it wasn’t until the next morning that I was able to witness the damage . .. three lovely “freddy-esque” marks on my face . . .

    Comment by laterain — August 8, 2007 @ 11:04 pm

  10. These are funny in the obvious way you’ve pointed out how funny they’re not…does that make sense?

    I love your site. I laughed.

    Laurie Kendrick

    Comment by lauriekendrick — August 9, 2007 @ 5:16 pm

  11. My cat considers toes suitable only for the scratching of her ears. Toes that wiggle are prefered.

    Unless said toes are under a blanket, with said cat on top of said blanket. Then wiggling toes are greebles to attack.

    However, since Janis’ feet are clearly not under a blanket, I’m assuming the former case. Therefore, Janis must be suffering from a sever toe cramp…

    Comment by John — August 13, 2007 @ 5:21 am

  12. I come to this blog to laugh. I swear–the unfunny nature of the comics you post are hilarious.

    Even so, you never fail to make me laugh to the point where I don’t “feel fresh”.

    With regard to this particular comic, …Yeah, I get that the perspective changes, but the comic does a really bad job of making that a point…and it’s a point that’s relevant to the strip itself.

    It’s still lacking terribly!!

    Please keep these hilariously unfunny comics coming. I’m out of Xanax.

    Laurie Kendrick

    Comment by lauriekendrick — September 12, 2007 @ 12:20 am

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