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November 17, 2007

It’s a Cat’s Life

Filed under: Bill Bickel, canine envy, cats, comic strips, comics, Dogs, Garfield, humor, Jim Davis — Cidu Bill @ 1:08 am

And exactly how does this differ from Garfield’s life, other than the collar?



  1. Jon’s always putting him on diets?

    Comment by Kaitlyn — November 17, 2007 @ 11:33 am

  2. The dog gets to be aggressive, Garfield doesn’t.

    Comment by Kaitlyn — November 17, 2007 @ 11:34 am

  3. I suppose he doesn’t have to move very far anymore since he has a limit on where he can go. Notice that he is wearing the same collar that the dog was wearing. He may have taken it, borrowed it, or pulled a Heathcliff.

    Besides, now he increases his odds of getting tablescraps.

    Comment by bAT L. — November 17, 2007 @ 11:06 pm

  4. I think it falls under the category of, “Sometimes you have to suspend disbelief” (or at least “forget reality”). In this case you have to forget about what an *actual* day is like and just consider, “this is what Garfield’s ideal day would be like.”

    I thought it was pretty funny because I took it all at face value. I didn’t consider that the dog’s life was any different than Garfield’s.

    And to bAT L. … what does it mean to “pull a Heathcliff?”

    Comment by Mike — November 17, 2007 @ 11:42 pm

  5. I think that even at face value, Garfield requires a suspension of disbelief — but even at its most suspended, a suspension of disbelief doesn’t mean ignoring the most obvious traits of a character: What IS Garfield other than somebody who eats, sleeps, and gets waited on? This is the basis of almost every one of the strip’s gags (at least the ones that revolve around Garfield). It’s as if Andy Capp said “I envy people who can spend the day loafing about and then going out at night drinking, and hitting on batmaids,” or Marvin saying “Gee, wouldn’t it be nice to do nothing but eat and poop?”

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 18, 2007 @ 1:10 am

  6. Look at it another way – while Garfield does live a life of leisure, it is very different from Odie’s(?) version. Nobody waits on Garfield (he’s too aloof), if he’s a typical cat he picks at his food sporadically (but then again, do people feed their dogs 3 big meals a day? I don’t), and he doesn’t sleep all day, he wanders around being cranky and sarcastic. His appearance in the collar is not an attempt to fool Jon into thinking he’s become a dog – but a symbolic means of communicating his intention to renounce the “feline” way of life and embrace a new dogma.

    Comment by Rob — November 18, 2007 @ 8:57 am

  7. Huh huh… DOGma.

    Comment by furrykef — November 19, 2007 @ 1:01 am

  8. To Mike … Heathcliff is another orange with black stripes cat cartoon character that started around the same time as Garfield. I bet somebody got sued somewhere along the line. Anyway, Heathcliff was an alleycat and was rather famous for beating up even the toughest of the neighborhood dogs. I was wondering if Garfield did the same and somehow mugged the dog for his collar.

    Comment by bAT L. — November 23, 2007 @ 8:02 am

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