Good news! Your cat might be on to something. I had pet rats that would do the head sway thing. They do it to make up for a lack of depth perception, when you move your head side to side like that the things closer to you move more and things far away move less.
Love the comics 🙂
Fun Fact: All cats are constantly playing a game of GTA “Grand Theft Apartment,” Peter’s fear of being spotted stems from his wish to keep his wanted rating as low as possible so that he can go out and do more missions.
I do the head sway thing when my eyes go out of focus, it actually really helps!
You mention his eyes being permanently dilated: that is probably why he avoids the sunny places. Same as when you get your eyes dilated at the doctor and have to wear sunglasses. Also, I want to meet your potatocat
2/5 cats I have owned did the headbutt thing, although only to people (not inanimate objects). Both of them did it while being extremely affectionate, so I always interpreted it as a good thing.
Peter is so adorable! He sounds alot like my Charlie, who has a neurological problem stemming from a semi-botched neutering at this “inexpensive” place. He does the “bobble head” thing, especially when excited. His head butts are known to break bones. His front and hind sections often resemble those guys in horse costumes in the old movies, where one outruns the other. His little butt is especially more active than the rest of him.
I want that cat. Your comics are fabulous <3
Great comic. And… Sorry to nitpick, but you wrote “underbite” but drew and overbite.
My cat is half Siamese and does the same head-butt thing, usually running into my legs with his full speed -and 13 pounds of cat mass suddenly hitting an ankle is… painful.
Hey! I love your cats. I love all animals and have started to like cats more and more. Sadly my girlfriend doesn’t care for them too much. Mind giving me some pointers to help convince her to allow a cat in the house?
These comics are the greatest thing ever, keep making them! Lost it every time there was a reference to Siamese-Potato XD
Awww, your Peter looks so much like our Bastian!!
Siamese/Potato is such a wonderful mix — crazy and charming and completely inexplicable! *grin* I love your comics, and have been enjoying catching up on them today!!
This might conflict with the “loud smells” thing, but maybe to help Peter out you should put a certain sent in each room. An unlighted scented candle would work. This way if Peter ever becomes completely blind, he will at least he won’t be as lost.
I laughed until I couldn’t breathe! And tears were coming out of my eyes! (I’m lucky I didn’t pee myself.)
I feel like i missed something…. what kind of breed is “potato” referring to?
“Potato” is the internet’s go-to word for utter stupidity. Basically, “having the intelligence of a potato”.
Comes from a rather old YouTube video (to the point where people don’t know what they’re referencing anymore), in which the idiot hero’s response to any difficult problem is the word “potato”. Of course, being the Internet, he becomes a hero this way.
Don’t bother tracking down a link, I don’t think it even exists anymore.
This comic gave me hiccups
So allergies are a common Siamese thing? Because my half-Siamese cat is allergic to cats. It is funny and sad.
Peter sounds a lot like my cat, Zeek. He does the pawing at the mirror thing, to every flat reflective surface of the house. We affectionately refer to him as our “Special” boy… n_n;
I have a siamese+ragdoll mix and god is that accurate. They only thing they don’t have in common is the fraying optic nerves. Everything else like the headbutting, the talking to herself, the smell hate, the allergies, all so true, lol. Peter should meet India, they can have a headbutting date.
I love your art a lot and whenever I’m feeling sad or bored I always look at this comic. It never fails to make me laugh out loud no matter where I am 🙂
AHAHAHAHAHAH I have a cat named Momo (who we call Potato) who is almost exactly like Peter!!
Just found this comic not too long ago and been working my way through it. I’ve a pair of cats myself, a (mostly) full-blood Maine Coon who was born in a Boston alley and walked into the animal hospital at 3months, and a mixed American Shorthair. They’re such a weird bunch, but the Shorthair does the headbutting thing, has since he was a kitten to wake me for cuddling. The Maine Coon…well she acts like a coon sometimes: too damned smart.
I recently discovered your comics and I love them! We have a DSH tabby who is very, very bright and she does the violent headbutt too! She has, on many occasions, knocked my glasses clean off with an un-telegraphed headbutt while I was sitting in a chair or lying on a bed.
My boyfriend had a siamese crossbreed, a rescue cat, that had some qualities that reminds me of Peter. He also bumped his head to show affection. It’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! He also talked a lot, often sitting on the floor all alone and just.. yelling? Or when drinking water.. as if he was using the same technique as dolphins. He had some eye problems too and would sort of wiggle his head from side to side to “focus”. Often when he was about to jump up to the sofa etc. Rescue animals often are very special and unique!
This is absolutely hilarious. I tracked your site down just to read this XD As a cat owner, I love to see some other owners seeing just how deep the personality can go.
I really enjoy your comics. A’s art and K’s writing are a wonderful and talented agglomeration. If you’d like to learn more about the head-butting behavior (it’s called ‘bunting’), I’d recommend starting with the below link. Keep up the great work, I always look forward to the new comics!
My cat is named Pete. He’s a domestic shorthair black cat.
I just brought home a new rescue kitty a couple of weeks ago and I kept having a feeling of déjà vu about him. Blue eyes, big pupils, bobble head, always looks confused, lynx-point Siamese markings, can’t jump… It took me a while to find this comic again. Guess who is going to the vet to get his eyes checked? Thank you for your unintentionally educational comic.
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