Breaking Cat News by Georgia Dunn for January 10, 2022

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    face.less_b  7 months ago

    I love you Tommy and I know you love Sophie but every once in a while you need to throw you weight around.

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    deadheadzan Premium Member 7 months ago

    “Okey Dokey “ “ Your wish is my command “! He is so cheerful about it that it makes me smile.

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    deadheadzan Premium Member 7 months ago

    The new cat tower is indeed magnificent!

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    Sue Ellen  7 months ago

    Come on, Sophie. The tower is big enough for both of you. Please share with Tommy.

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    Le'letha Premium Member 7 months ago

    Our cat tower is the best $100 I’ve ever spent, hands down. It has multiple levels and perches and scratchers, it stands up to two 16+ pound cats rocketing up and down it, and they can use it as a literal jumping-off point to the top of the nearby bookshelves, where they can be Tall. I congratulate Tommy and Sophie on their new domain.

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    maggijoseph Premium Member 7 months ago

    Get over yourself Sophie! Tommy needs a chance at happiness too!

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    Lady Bri  7 months ago

    Tommy is such a gentlecat. Always deferring to the whims and dictates of his lady Sophie. ❤

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    Jungle Empress  7 months ago

    Never stop smiling, Tommy! We appreciate it!

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    WelshRat Premium Member 7 months ago

    Tommy, oh cuddly, fluffy, bee… You might knock it over.

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    Gloria Fleming  7 months ago

    Tommy toebeans sighted.

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    Gent  7 months ago

    A cat tower, eh? Ya means like the one where Miss. Puddy tat stands on and says “Oh Ro-Meow, Ro-Meow, wherefore art thou Ro-Meow?

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    SquawkTron  7 months ago

    Tommy is so understanding. I admire that.

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    FreyjaRN Premium Member 7 months ago

    It’s a nice tower.

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    jr1234  7 months ago

    Meow Manor

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    jr1234  7 months ago

    a real trip https://www.gocomics.com/offthemark/2022/01/10

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    misty  7 months ago

    “Wow, Rude!”

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    ladykat  7 months ago

    Sophie will let you up eventually, Tommy. She just wants to enjoy the “new tower smell”.

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    rs0204 Premium Member 7 months ago

    We bought a rather tall cat tower. We have it against the window, next to the couch. It has several levels and a perch at the very top that Hamilton has claimed. The perch is impossibly small, and Hamilton loves it.

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    awgiedawgie Premium Member 7 months ago

    Tommy is so agreeable. Of course, he secretly knows that he’ll climb it anyway as soon as Sophie leaves to use the sandbox or something.

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    Snowy&Finlay  7 months ago

    One of my favorite photos of Finlay and Snowy, is a reverse of this. Finlay is looking to come down from the tower, and Snowy is sitting there blocking the way down.

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    rya1 sh3a  7 months ago

    8/10

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    cat19632001  7 months ago

    Is the striped part a hammock?

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    azkfwecho Premium Member 7 months ago

    I never had a cat tower when I had cats. Is it weighted on the bottom? What keeps it from falling over when they are climbing or being rambunctous on it?

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    Susanna Premium Member 7 months ago

    I did end up getting PC and Mac a new toy for their gotcha day, actually two. I found a toy that has a feather that moves around in circles when turned and is visible through side holes of the toy and also has ball they can see through the top and reach in a swat. It was a bit like the one I bought them last year, at least the concept was similar but it works differently and is holding up better since they broke the one last year on the first night and this one is still working. After I saw that I saw Fippity Fish and I had thought about buying one of those before so I figured why not. They don’t seem to be as interested in it. It flops around if you touch it. They pretty much just look at it wondering what it is. I have to touch it to make it flip around. As far as I know they haven’t touched it yet. It did come with a fishing pole you could use to play with the cats with it. Maybe they would be interested in it that way.

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    SheMc  7 months ago

    You WILL go to the top pretty Tommy XXX

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    cat19632001  7 months ago

    But Tommy, can’t you hope up onto the lower round tunnel part and then jump up onto the platform?

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    wintercollie  7 months ago

    OT :has anyone been watching Around the world in 80 days with David Tennant and the new season of All Creatures Great and Small?

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    Grace Premium Member 7 months ago

    My cats have zero interest in those structures. I’ve given away several over the years. They did, however, love the spiral staircase in one of our homes.

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    MIHorn Premium Member 7 months ago

    I just put out Mippy’s cat tree for the trash collector (fairly well-destroyed where he scratched it). I donated his bed to a local rescue place. I’ll get another cat when I’m ready, maybe by spring, and will get the new cat new towers and a bed.

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    mistercatworks  7 months ago

    I have one floor-to-ceiling cat tower, which was a good investment. Without that ceiling brace, cat towers tend to topple over when leapt upon at high speed. Once that happens, a cat might never use it as even a scratching post, ever again. I’m not saying they use it every day but it’s there when they want to get high.

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    metagalaxy1970  7 months ago

    I’ve gotten one as well. No one likes it. I’ve got it set up so they can look out if they want to. Nope. Treats will get Sebastian up, but once they are gone, he’s back down. Oopsie looks at it like, why? Cat nip, no go too. I’ll have to donate it.

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    bobw2012  7 months ago

    Big stretch, with claws.

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    smorbie the great and beautiful  7 months ago

    Maine Coons are usually very laid back. I know he’s not really a Maine Coon, but that’s what he looks like to me.

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    jwarrenphd  7 months ago

    poor sweet little Tommy.

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    willie_mctell  7 months ago

    Cats love to share.

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    knight1192a  7 months ago

    Crow’s Nest, it’s the spot Bandit and DC argue over. According to DC, when Bandit is in the crow’s nest first there’s plenty of room for two, but when he’s in the crow’s nest first there’s only room enough for one.

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    crazeekatlady  7 months ago

    My best tree was given to me. It has a 3’square base, 9 levels, 7 sisal scratchers, and a rope. There is a square crow’s nest, a basket, a slide, cubby with two entrances. There is normally one of the 8 cats crashed on it at any given time. Got it home in my Mazda Miata, fully assembled. The people who gave it to me had two cats who wouldn’t go near it and it was too big for their condo. It stands over 7 feet tall. Best free present for the cats ever!

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    cat19632001  7 months ago

    So if tiny Sophie has a big stretch, then what size stretch does Tommy do?

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    Brian  Premium Member 7 months ago

    I follow a YouTube channel called The Hockey Guy. In his recording room, he set up the cat tree, and the cats would be there doing cat things during videos. People liked it. Lately, they have a bunch of pet rabbits (they started with two rabbits, and you know . . .) Some of the young rabbits have figured out how to climb the cat tree, and so they often join in the videos.

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    Georgia Dunn creator 7 months ago

    It is with a very heavy heart that I share some sad news. Lupin died this morning, shortly after breakfast.

    It was very quick. He’s had a great few weeks since his medicine was adjusted. He had been in good spirits, active. Breathing better, eating great, causing heck, and sleeping well. He had an appointment Friday morning to have new imaging and bloodwork, and I expected good news. He had a good day and night yesterday, and woke up excited for breakfast.

    I’m pretty sure he had a heart attack or maybe a stroke. It hit him quick, but he did not seem to be in pain. (A nurse in our family thinks this may have meant a stroke, which feels a bit like a blessing since he went so quick and without much suffering.) Just one moment he was himself, and then he was not, and then he was gone. Goldie and Iggy never left his side. Ryan and I were with him too.

    Even with four other cats, two children, and three pet rats, the house feels somehow empty without Lupin. He was a huge personality, it does not feel real yet.

    Lupin was a terrifically good bad best boy. He was strong and active, until this heart disease caught up to him the last few months. I’m incredibly grateful that medication restored his spirits and comfort, these past few weeks especially. Just yesterday he long-jumped over the last few steps and landed in the kitchen. He has been regularly knocking my phone to the floor to wake me, and everything off the island to demand dinner.

    There would be no ‘Breaking Cat News’ without Lupin. It all began when he knocked everything off a shelf and Elvis and Puck came running to investigate. I owe so much to him.

    Continued in comment below…

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    Georgia Dunn creator 7 months ago

    Lupin could communicate with people better than any cat I’ve ever met, using taps, pats, and directing by leading one to a spot to tell us what he wanted, be it pets or dinner. He was extremely friendly to people, and mostly distrusting of other cats. Goldie and Lupin were each other’s shadow, they would snip and snap at each other all day, napping a foot apart. Unexpectedly, he bonded with Iggy as a happy surprise. He had more patience and enjoyed playing with Iggy more than any other cat he’s known. I’m grateful they had a chance to meet. I wish they’d had more time together.

    I’m grateful Lupin is no longer in discomfort and not suffering, but I will miss him so much. I know you will too. I’m thankful we had nine terrific, hysterical, never boring years with this beautiful force of nature. I’m so sorry to have such sad news to share, my heart is hurting too. As I told the Boy this morning, “right now Lupin is knocking everything over in Heaven…”

    Hug your kitties today. And if a glass rolls off your shelf or a phone suddenly falls to the floor, I like to hope it’s him, free to finally wreak totally havoc in every home that opens its doors to cats. Much love to everyone.

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    trudyconley Premium Member 7 months ago

    POOR Tommy!!!!

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    burke129529  7 months ago

    OT – Dante

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    ThePandaOfTheOpera  7 months ago

    Still dreamingDoes a leaf on the ground dream of being on the tree? And if so does the tree dream about being a seed? And if so does the seed dream of still being in the apple?Because the apple still dreams of being on the tree.

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    pabsfx-comics  7 months ago

    Thank you for sharing Lupin with us. I regret your loss. Blessings to all.

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    Widdershins  7 months ago

    Oh, Georgia. :( … you all must be devastated.Bon voyage, little Lupin. You will be truly missed.

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    NyahNyahNyah  7 months ago

    Lupin is in the lead in the Running of the Cats in a whole new race course! And! Now he can hear the cheers for him!

    (And the crowd goes wild!!) \0/ ♥️

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    pjsdoghouse2003  7 months ago

    I’m so sorry Georgia. You brought Lupin to all of us and we are richer for getting to know him. He will be waiting for you at the rainbow bridge.

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    mikendi  7 months ago

    So very, very sorry for the loss of Lupin. He seemed to be a wonderful kittie and inspiration. Big hugs…

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    Animom4  7 months ago
    So sorry—so sad. Through your cartoon, we all learned to love him.
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    frodisaur2  7 months ago

    Oh, Georgia. I’m devastated to hear this, but I am also glad that he didn’t have a long decline due to the heart disease. Bless you and your family for making all of our lives richer and happier. Goodbye Lupin, you little devil. Thanks for being you and inspiring us all to not be afraid to run around with no clothes on, knocking stuff off of tables and shelves.

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    Kitty Queen  7 months ago

    Losing one of our fur babies is so devastating. They give us a bit of their heart when they come into our lives and take a bit our hearts when they leave.

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    clouds_loom  7 months ago

    We’re so sorry for your loss. Lupin was a force of nature. He will be sorely missed. May his memory be a blessing. HUGS

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    sdjamieson Premium Member 7 months ago

    So sorry to hear of Lupin’s passing, but glad he’s at peace. Farewell, cat of adventure.

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    Denny Wheeler Premium Member 7 months ago

    The below was written for/about a particular human, but it works for Lupin at least as well.STEADY AS YOU GO

    © Jennifer Cutting 2014,Once and Future Songs, BMI

    You have always loved to travel

    on the wind and land and sea,

    And you’ve seen so many places it can hardly be believed,

    Now the place that you are going

    we’ve seen only in our dreams,

    Let our love keep you steady as you go.

    Many hands make you ready, with a touch so sure and soft,

    Many strong arms to lift you, as you go aloft;

    As you sail to Forever, where the wild waters flow,

    Let our love keep you steady as you go.

    Well it’s love that bids you stay here,

    and love that bids you go;

    In this port, it’s “fare thee well,” but in the next,

    they’ll shout “Hullo!”

    You could stay here in this harbor,

    but that’s not what ships are for,

    Let our love keep you steady as you go.

    CHORUS

    And I hope that you’ll forgive us any harm

    we’ve brought to you,

    And the joy’s what you’ll remember

    when your journey here is through;

    You will still be real as ever,

    though you’ve sailed beyond our view,

    Let our love keep you steady as you go.

    And the sorrow in your leaving,

    may it open up our hearts

    To the sorrow felt by others,

    so that we can do our part;

    As we comfort one another,

    then the healing time will start,

    Let our love keep us steady as we go.

    CHORUS

    Many hands make you ready, with a touch so sure and soft,

    Many strong arms to lift you, as you go aloft;

    As you sail to Forever, where the wild waters flow,

    Let our love keep you steady as you go

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    bonita.eley  7 months ago

    SO very sorry for your loss

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    xsintricks  7 months ago

    :( RIP, Lupin.

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    Treehouse3443 Premium Member 7 months ago

    I just read the very sad news about Lupin and am so sorry to everyone. I sometimes feel as though I know the BCN cats better than I know my own. After all, they can talk and their imaginations know no bounds. I sure wish he could report back from the bridge.

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    jadejadon  7 months ago

    Catching up on my comics when I came across this sad news; typing in tears for a wonderful cat I never got to meet but feel like I knew.

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    GreyMouser  7 months ago

    He’s off somewhere playing with Miss Tillie (finally). This hasn’t been the best HolyDay season for me and my XYL. But Lupin’s loss is the worst. He was a good boy. Thank you, Miss Georgia, for sharing all those years with us.

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    anitakapita  7 months ago

    Georgia Dunn…Hear, hear, well said!

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    Fennec! at the Disco  12 days ago

    I was just now reading this strip about the rainbow PRISMs – https://www.gocomics.com/breaking-cat-news/2018/01/10 – which includes a tribute to David Bowie on the second anniversary of his passing, when it dawned on me:

    Lupin crossed the Rainbow Bridge on the sixth anniversary of David Bowie’s death.

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