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Lupin, Puck, and Elvis being their usual catty selves
A webcomic about the three cats Lupin, Elvis, and Puck, drawn by Georgia Dunn, owner of three real cats with those names.note  They act like news anchors, and encounter other news agencies and recruit new cats. The cats act like normal cats in all other respects, and the comic is inspired by the antics of their real-life counterparts.

It has its own website. It is also syndicated at GoComics here. At the time of writing GoComics plans to offer the comic to newspapers as well. As of January 2022, about 150 papers have picked it up.

This webcomic provides examples of:

  • Hot Drink Cure: In one strip, a sick Goldie has a box of tissues and a mug of hot tea beside her.
  • Illness Blanket: In a strip where the Man and the Woman both have colds, the Woman burrows so deeply into a blanket that Puck believes she is "morphing into some kind of babushka... or nesting doll."
  • Intrepid Reporter: Lupin, to a T; it helps that his hat and jacket give him a very Indy-esque look. His ability to get into seemingly-impossible locations at seemingly-impossible speeds borders on Offscreen Teleportation.
  • In-Universe Factoid Failure: Lupin believes that Arctic foxes are wild cats and that he is distantly related to them.
  • Jaw Drop: Elvis gets an epic one during the "climbing contest", when the kitten Beatrix (one of the few cats Elvis likes) attacks Tabitha (the only cat Elvis fears).
  • Kent Brockman News: The strip's protagonists are a bunch of Cat Kent Brockmen.
  • Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: The cats often preface their opinions with "studies show," and there was one pie chart with a nine out of 10 comparison, with the 1 being the time The Woman stepped on Puck's tail.
  • Little Guy, Big Buddy: Beatrix the kitten and Trevor the dog
  • Love at First Sight: Elvis is absolutely convinced that the new Baby is going to ruin his life... until he sets eyes on her.
    Elvis: Lupin, Puck, this just in: The baby is perfect and I'll never let anything happen to her.
    Man: [approaching the Woman and the Baby] How are my girls?
  • Meet Your Early-Installment Weirdness: Trying to comfort Sophie during a move, Elvis brings up an old comic based around his own moving worries. The rest of the strip is the other cats commenting on how weird it looks compared to the present comics.
    Lupin: Wow, the old footage was shot WEIRD.
    Puck: What happened to my whiskers?
  • Morning Sickness: The cats see the Woman suffering from this in one strip, but they don't know much about human pregnancy, so they assume she has a hairball.
  • Noisy Nature: The strip where the cats are listening to peep toads at night. Tommy describes them as "nature's car alarm."
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Georgia Dunn has frozen the characters at their current ages (aging the children up a tiny bit). She did this because she wanted to keep Baba Mouse. Baba is immensely old — she was 26 in 2015 — and could not have lived much longer. She is based on one of Georgia's real cats, and Georgia says she could not stand to lose her a second time. (The real Sir Figaro Newton died some time ago, but is still alive in the strip, as is Beatrix, who died when she was just four months old and remains a kitten in the strip. The real Lupin died of heart failure January 11, 2022, and the real Tommy (Admiral Thomas Whiskerstache) followed him July 7, 2022, but both of course will also remain active in the strip.)
  • Ouija Board:
    • In one of the Halloween arcs, the Woman and her neighbor consult a Ouija board after experiencing some spooky activity in the house. The board spells out "C-A-T" over and over because they've summoned the spirit of Winifred Quinn, who is looking for her lost cat Tillie.
    • When the Baby gets a battery-powered toy that makes various farm animal sounds, the cats are freaked out because they think it's a spirit board that is "summoning the disembodied voices of animal spirits."
    • The Man and the Woman summon Tillie's ghost during a Ouija session. Being a cat, Tillie alternates between swatting the planchette around and spelling out cat noises like "M-O-W." The People can't see her, but the Woman does note that the board is behaving like "a laptop with a cat on it." Then, of course, she curls up and goes to sleep on it.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Puck becomes Count Puckula in a Halloween story, complete with a red-and-black cape and fearsome fangs. Even as a vampire, though, Puck is a gentle creature; he only uses his fangs to puncture tuna pouches and drink the juice.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: One pre-Halloween strip depicts Tommy as a were-floof: a fuzzy cat in a Hawaiian shirt that hugs other cats and transforms them into... fuzzier cats wearing Hawaiian shirts.
  • Rain, Rain, Go Away: Played with in one arc. The Man and the Woman plan to have a backyard camp-out with the children, complete with a campfire and smores. When a thunderstorm ruins their plan, the Woman and the children are very disappointed, but the Man suggests they put up the tent in the living room and pretend they're camping outside. The indoor camping trip ends up being enjoyable for everyone, and they still get to have (stovetop) smores.
  • Real Men Take It Black: Elvis likes his coffee "black and strong."
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Elvis is red, always angry, skeptical, and serious, and Lupin is blue; playful, adventurous, and silly.
    • Of the younger cats, Ora Zella is very much red (she'll attack anything and everything) to Iggy's blue (shy and good-natured).
  • Rich Kid Turned Social Activist: Winifred "Freddie" Quinn was the heiress to a vast fortune and used her wealth to open a cat shelter in memory of her beloved childhood cat Tillie. She didn't just fund the shelter, though; she also spent plenty of time there doing things like bottle-feeding orphaned kittens. She's died and come back as a ghost by now, but she's still watching over the cats who live in her former home.
  • Russian Reversal: Puck lies down on a memory foam mat, finds it unpleasantly hot, and complains, "It's like a marshmallow that toasts you."
  • Security Blanket: The Toddler is frequently seen holding Pengo, his stuffed penguin. One strip reveals that he won't go to sleep without it.
  • Show Within a Show: Our IX Lives, a Soap Opera that most of the cats (as well as the Robber Mice) watch regularly. It's a sendup of pretty much every soap from the 80's and 90's, and even got its own Christmas Special during the strip's hiatus.
  • Snowed-In: New England blizzards occasionally prevent the family from leaving the house, but since they have a fireplace and keep plenty of cocoa and fuzzy blankets on hand, they don't find this unpleasant.
  • Soup Is Medicine: The Man brings the Woman a bowl of hot soup when she's feeling ill, and Lupin comments that soup is "People's most powerful medicine."
  • Sticky Situation: When the Man tries to glue a broken mug back together, Lupin gets in the way, and the mug ends up glued to the Man's hand.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: Beatrix watches Trevor taking a nap, appearing to chase something in his sleep, and mumbling about a herd of wild pepperoni pizzas.
  • Tears of Joy: Puck is overcome with emotion when the people move the couch and he is reunited with his long-lost Buzzy Mouse toy.
  • Tomato Skunk Stink Cure: Elvis gets sprayed by a skunk and then put in a tomato juice bath. Naturally, he's extremely annoyed about it.
  • This Means War!: When the Robber Mice abduct Puck's favorite toy Buzzy Mouse, Pucky does not take it well (updated version here). Even Elvis is terrified.
  • Wainscot Society: The Robber Mice are Blatant Burglars who swipe food and various objects from the People to festoon their living arrangements. Here they are, out of "uniform" for their Thanksgiving celebration (updated newspaper version here).
  • Waking Non Sequitur:
    • In one strip, Elvis wakes up suddenly and exclaims, "I HAVEN'T BEEN TO MATH CLASS ALL YEAR— WHAT'S GOING ON?"
    • Another time, Elvis calls Puck's name to wake him up and Puck replies, "Ham?" Incidentally, ham is Puck's Trademark Favorite Food, so it makes sense that he'd be dreaming about it.