Taking A Swipe

Discussion (251) ¬

  1. Ryufire

    Grape Rules! :D

    • Valerio

      with style!

      • the fry pwnr

        thats such a grape thing. XD

    • McFly

      Speaking of rules, she’s breakin’ them, too!

      • Valerio

        she’s a cat. She’s entitled to explore new territories as she likes. It’s a law or nature.

        • McFly

          As a dog person, I wouldn’t really know that…

          • Valerio

            I owned about a dozen cats. I know.

          • volkoseba

            For most of my life we’ve had at least one dog, at the moment it’s two… and there has never been any point in my life where we haven’t had cats. The dogs have never done anything to harm the cats. The cats have regularly intentionally harmed the dogs. Cats have their way, period.

      • hirple

        (almost) civil disobedience on MLK day? CAN I GET AN AMEN?

        • Maengun1256


        • Frank

          To be fair, there’s also almost discrimination

          • Elwood Blutarsky

            Dogs aren’t allowed to openly attend the yarn ball either, it balances.

          • Valerio

            we don’t know that. They are not invited, it seems, and any wise dogs would know better than openly challenge the year’s largest cat gathering, but insofar we haven’t seen indications of discrimination.

      • Maengun1256

        “Rules what Rules, were we are going we need NO rules”

        • AuvaAkita

          That reminds me of Back To The Future lol

        • Valerio

          ‘There is ONE rule: mine’

        • McFly

          ♪ ♫ Rules don’t stop me ♫ ♪

      • The face

        So THAT’S how she got into Fido’s party. Did she like dog buiscuts then, too?

        • Keldor

          I think she may have been at the stage of *learning* that she likes dog biscuits.

          • The face

            If this is some sort of mature joke, don’t bother. I think spongebob’s amazing still. Give it 5 years

    • Maengun1256


  2. Dissension

    Ack, poor Bino! *hugs him*

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      hey, this was totally provoked.

      • Zukio

        I think it’s part of her instincts to attack Bino.

        • mysterioustgexpert(the one and only(thank god!))

          It’s part of everybody instincts to attack him.

    • senorpie7

      To be honest I think the dogs treat him the same way :b

      • Dissension

        Not really, based on what we’ve seen in the comic.

        • IceKitsune

          Well, while they most likely don’t scratch him and completely ignore him, even Fox said that none of the Dogs actually really like him. (and Bino knows it) They don’t openly do what Grape does but they only act nice to him because he co-founded the Good Ol’ Dogs Club.

  3. Zukio

    Grape and Bino set their relationship in place on day one.

  4. Ilovehousepets

    Screw the rules, I’m a cat.

    • Valerio

      I’m the TOP cat, for ya!

      • Maengun1256

        Grape-”I’m the Alpha Dog……I mean Cat around here, now get outa ma way”

      • Frank

        Oh yeah? Where’s your Benny the Ball?

    • Dontlookmenaked

      Whats what I was like when I was 12: Screw the rules I’m sitting in the front seat! Now I just turned 13 (cause its my birthday)

      • Dragongal

        gratz! mine was a week ago

  5. Xane

    So… does Bino not like cats because they were mean to him or was he mean to cats all along. Chicken or the egg or the eggen!?

    • Crackles

      Whatever it is, Grape surely isn’t helping.

  6. Zenakuno

    And so Bino’s first injury has been seen.

    • Xane

      Eh, I’m sure he’s been put in his place plenty of times before this, he just never ever learns from it. Bino’s so mean he probably bit his mom the moment after he was born. I guess it would have been too cartoony to have him fall to pieces in the last panel. :lol:

    • Draven

      His pride.

  7. Lophiiformes


    • SilverZeo

      ROW ROW!

      • Ilovehousepets


        • SilverZeo


  8. IceKitsune

    lol Grape knows just how to deal with Bino already

    • Valerio

      and with the cutest mischievous expression at that!!! :D

      • AuvaAkita

        He doesn’t even phase her mind!

        • the fry pwnr

          she doesn’t even flinch or change her exprecetion at bino. XD

          • Crackles

            Grape – Not a single heck was given that day.

  9. LupisLight

    Cats go where they want, when they want.

  10. Cm4F

    I love Grape!!

    • Cm4F

      IN THA FACE!!!

      • Maengun1256

        Quite Litteraly

        • the fry pwnr

          mabet she was waving ”hello” and acedently, you know what…. who am i kidding. SCRATCH HIM AGAIN!! >:] HE DESERVS IT!

  11. Shirosune

    And this why we don’t try and tell kittens what they can or can’t do.

    Also, lol, Bino’s expression in the last panel.

    • SilverZeo

      I thought we don’t try cause the meow in the cutest way and look at up at use with HUGE eyes…

      • Shirosune

        …you’ve obviously met nicer kittens than I have.

        • SilverZeo

          Do YOuTube Cats count?

          • the fry pwnr

            only the keyboard cat…………. XD

    • The face

      i want a Grape cat. My pets have theme names too but one of them will kill you, and the other acts like we’r planning on boiling her alive

  12. SilverZeo

    Puppy Bino, Kitten Grape’s “New Special Friend” … man, I am old and done so little…

  13. AuvaAkita

    Grape sure told him, and she didn’t even need to say anything!

    • McFly

      Grape has always been great with words. ;)

      • Valerio

        yes, at erasing them, together with smug expressions

  14. leaffly

    Oh dang! You show him Grape!

    • Valerio

      *killing you softly with claws..*

      • Ryufire

        *And very slowly* Oh dear..

      • Xane

        ♫ Scratching his face with her fingers
        Shredding his ears with her claws
        Clawing him softly with her paws
        Clawing him softly, with her paws
        Telling the whole block to watch out
        Clawing him softly… with her paws ♪

        • River_Dragon

          oh, VERY good!

        • Maengun1256

          Innn. The faaaeeeeaaaaaaeaaaacccccceeee, (To the tune Killing him softly)

  15. Jinxed

    Alt text for those on mobile devices(or god-forbid, a tablet):
    At a sixth-grade level! Despite only being like, two.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Yeh, it’s obvious that the animals in this world learn faster than humans. And they’re cuter than humans. And stronger than humans. Why aren’t they in charge?

      • AuvaAkita

        They are waiting for the right moment of course! Taking over the world takes patience.

        • Maengun1256

          What are you talkin about they already took over the world with cuteness ;)

      • Nohbody

        They’re not stronger, though. They are, however, better equipped to cause problems when tools aren’t involved. Human teeth and fingernails just don’t match up all that well against fangs and claws. :P

        • Argent Stonecutter
          • Nohbody

            Miles isn’t your average housepet. Some animals are stronger, but the blanket statement that animals are stronger than humans doesn’t hold.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Miles isn’t a domestic dog, he’s a wolf, and this and Thomas reaction to discovering there are wolves on guard implies HP wolves are generally stronger than humans despite being smaller than humans. Wolves and dogs are basically the same species, so should be proportionally similar in strength… and HP cats seem to be able to hold their own against HP dogs.

            And there are MUCH larger animals than the wolves.

      • Air

        Because without thumbs, they can’t learn much; without speech, they can’t pass on knowledge.
        I say humans are the animals that got lucky.

    • Maengun1256

      Ur Ma Hero ;)

  16. Valerio

    Grape can read and knows best!

  17. 1boredcanadian

    Ah, her first attack on Bino. Isn’t it magical?

    • Zukio

      It brings tears to my eyes…
      It’s so beautiful…

    • silverfang16

      It’s like a first word. ^_^

    • Valerio

      Bino’s attitude explains a lot for his Dad to be so stern with him.

      • Keldor

        Imagine, having not only Bino as a pet, but Max too…

        • Haru Totetsu

          I could handle Max…most of the time…but Bino…yeah..its dogs like him that brought about neutering.

          • Keldor

            Thing is, you’d have to handle *both* of them… at the same time!

    • Ryufire

      Magical and very painful! :P

    • Salenstormwing

      Bino mauled and overly cute Grape. Good times, good times.

      • Maengun1256

        Can anybody say EPIC WIN :)

  18. icexcap

    Holy cow…
    She attacked so fast.

    • Valerio

      It took my first cat to redefine my concept of ‘fast’

      • Yehoshua

        I play with my cat a lot, my hands always get hurt.

    • The face

      Same, I have a cat named Yin that will leave you with scars.

  19. volkoseba

    Bino gets his first face-full of OW.

    • AuvaAkita

      Bino’s face in the last panel is the delayed response to pain before he suddenly goes crying to mommy.

      • Maengun1256

        Bino-”MOMMY I just got beat up by a ca…..oh wait never mind”

  20. Profesor Rod

    Puppy Bino! =3

  21. zeroslash

    Hey, there’s something on your face. IT WAS PAIN!

    • Valerio

      no, that was her autograph.

      • Yehoshua

        Grape Jelly PAIN Sandwich is the name.

        • the fry pwnr

          you don’t get the reference. go on youtube and look up ”asdf movie” it should be the first or second one.

          • The face

            I got that one!

    • Xantham

      2nd one i do believe

  22. Lindseycrew

    Well…grape can solve her own problems very well

    • Valerio

      the right amount on pressure on one’s face…

    • AuvaAkita

      Like any cat, she is independent.

      • Keldor

        “Independant”. Right.

  23. Erkhyan

    Aw, that’s our Grape.

    Aw, that’s our Bino, too.

  24. Elwood Blutarsky

    Aw, Bino wasn’t all raging jealously back then.

  25. regularbird

    D’aw Grape is so boss.

    • Frank

      And that is why we love her!

  26. Valerio

    also, Res and Peanut together are awesome!

  27. Agent Sandwich

    I love Grape’s expression as she walks past!

  28. thefirstonethere

    Bino the cameo!

  29. Argent Stonecutter

    She didn’t even disturb her lollipop.

    • AuvaAkita

      *puts on awesome glasses*

    • The face

      By the way, where did you get your name, Argent Stonecutter

  30. Valerio

    *scratch* goes the doggie…

  31. King Sandwhich

    Has there ever been blood on Housepets before?

    • Camtheman17

      Idk, maybe. But there has been bodily fluids before…

    • AuvaAkita

      I think you’re right! This is the first time we’ve actually seen blood. Interesting…

    • JeffCvt

      Well, its not really blood, just the scraches.

      you don’t see any blood, just the palces that grape
      scrached his face

      After all, blood would be a little much for a PG rated comic, don’t you think?

      • zeroslash

        Well, it IS blood, but there have been older children shows in which blood has been present, albeit in small amounts and in relation to scratches and cuts.

  32. Grip the Wolf

    Grape is providing a valuable service by injuring Bino!

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Take note Lil’ Fox hiding just offscreen, you will one day have to do it as well.

  33. gagi

    None shall pass!

    Except you maybe, and anyone you decide to bring along :)

  34. Maengun1256

    Grape I offically Love you now *Puppie Bino in check* lmao

  35. gaboris

    Didn’ even break her motion. :D

    BTW I’m interested to see a character who’s personality was severely different in its childhood then as we know it. Anyone feel the same? :)

    • Maengun1256

      Well Kings Childhood would be completly different than we know him now

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      It would be interesting to see some differences and I have a feeling we will, this is the “origin story” so no doubt we’ll get at least one joke about the future.

  36. Firewolf

    Likes List,
    1. Angle and expression in Panel 2 of our cat fried..
    2. Poor Bino
    3. Unphased Grape scratches the sign and Bino like a BAWS! =D

    • AuvaAkita

      No, #2 should be: Unsuspecting Bino thinks he is so tough and underestimates the power of Grape

      • Maengun1256


      • Phantom Tails

        Grape! Grape! Grape! Grape!

  37. thrasherblades

    heh…like a boss >:3

  38. Jesse James

    Owchies, poor Bino. lol

    I like Grape how she nonchalantly walks by, scratching all in her path.

  39. Frank

    Cat-safe lollypop!

  40. Frank

    You know, now that I think of it, maybe she hung around the dogs because they could’t scratch back. Any other theories? *cough* Thoth *cough*

    • GameCobra

      Bino was her neighbour. More than likely he held them next door too and liked travelling next door to do most of her out-door things.

    • Baxtrr

      I think she simply wasn’t exposed to cats very much, based on a lot of the early evidence in the strip. Max was the first one to ever work up the courage to even ask her out, and she had few if any feline friends. (Sabrina? Anyone else?)

      • Keldor

        I’m betting that Max didn’t even know about her until after this particular incident. Max no doubt sees the scratches and thinks “Whoa-ho! I’ve got to meet the cat that gave Bino what he deserves! That is sooo awesome!”

  41. JeffCvt

    Does anyone think mabye that was the reason no one adopted her before the Sandwich family did?
    She was just way too aggressive with anyone she did not like.

    • Foxstar

      Cats can be harder then dogs to place and given Grape’s mindset, she doesn’t strike me as the “Please take me home” type.

  42. GameCobra

    And then Max hears about Bino’s day with the mysterious cat ;)

    • Valerio

      and that was when he started thiking Grape was the coolest tomcat around.

  43. Chazmeister242


    • Valerio

      try and upset her.
      See how fast you die!

      • rallyjr

        it could be quick or maybe it will be slow and painful..

        • Maengun1256

          Knowing her it would prob. Be slow and painful, with a candy cane stab to the face, or better yet a “BROOM TO THE FACE”

  44. Lionbone

    I love the “Screw you, imma eat mah lollipop wherever i want” smile

    • Valerio

      couldn’t put it with better words.

  45. legendario13

    its like a cherry of pain on the top of a cuteness icecream…
    and im hungry soo..

  46. Phantom Tails

    PWND!!!! By a kitten named Grape! Like a boss!!

    • the fry pwnr

      dude you sound like my neiber playing W.O.W.

      • Keldor

        Bino shouldn’t have stood near the sign – that’s why he got hit by Grape’s swipe attack.

  47. phosphorus

    (number drops 2 down on stomach) rick you need to stop all this cuteness before its too late,
    the fate of kansas rests in your hands, dont make the wrong desision

    • River_Dragon

      No! No! MORE cuteness! Not LESS! MORE, I say!!

      • phosphorus

        rick please, i will explode in extreme detail,
        killing thousands of people in the blast radius
        do this for them, if you were to make a puppy fox i would surely explode
        considering that he’s dorky like all the other puppies

        • the fry pwnr

          don’t lisen to him! MORE!! MORE!!!!! I WILL SET OFF A NUCLER WARHEAD IN KANSIS IF YOU DON’T GIVE EVERYONE MORE CUTNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. Kitch

    And hence, HOW they warmed up to her.

  49. Draven

    I want a lollipop now

  50. efhosci

    I think it’s kinda funny that Grape is eating a cherry/apple/strawberry lollipop. Ooh, maybe she got it from the vet’s! http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/02/02/the-treat-in-treatment/

    • Javier

      yay! Lollipop!

    • River_Dragon

      Could be cinnamon, too–and that would definitely fit her attitude–red hots, anyone?

  51. spiritkitsune

    She did what many readers would like to do. _________

    • black fox

      That must hert for bino lol

      • spiritkitsune

        Don’t get me wrong.
        I have nothing against bino. (\_/)

        If I had, I would use it.

        • black fox

          I think he kindov does he all ways a jerk to every one

  52. coyoteBR

    Well, let’s see: why would she hang more with dogs? Maybe because there are not many cats around? Max: still at the pound? Bigglesworths, crazy cat lady’s house is deemed dangerous and off-limit to cubs; Fiddler & Keys busy learning music; Jasper, busy with Jinx; That leaves only Marvin and Sabrina for Grape to play with, versus a generous supply of dogs.

    • Keldor

      Tiger was referred to as the “new guy” when we first heard of him, so it’s doubtful that Marvin’s even moved into the neighborhood yet. That just leaves Sabrina, but I have the feeling she may have been the odd one out, and thus never socialized much with anyone but Tarot for quite a while.

      • Zaitsev

        Plus she said she had traveled the world, so she probably isn’t living in the neighborhood yet

        • Keldor

          I more pictured that as her owner being one of those sorts that likes to go off on adventureuous vacations to far corners of the world every chance they get, taking Sabrina along, of course.

          Either way, it would surely cut down on her socializing time with the neighbors.

          • Keldor

            You know, like a photographer for National Geographic or something.

          • Xantham

            Didnt you read ricks short story of sabrina?

          • Keldor

            It never said exactly why they were in Arizona, or for how long. If you wanted to really see the world, you’d want to visit places for more than just a weekend, so renting an apartment for a month would be considerably cheaper than staying at a hotel for that long…

            That’s the sort of thing a Nat’l Geog photographer would do – make sure they stayed in a place long enough to really get a feel for what it’s like.

          • IceKitsune

            I really want to know where and when they picked up Tarot. Because Foxstar said that in the novel She met Tarot before they moved to BG. (Hes a Beta Reader for it so that’s how he knows) I still suspect that it was out side the US.

  53. rallyjr

    “its not that I can’t read i just choose to ignore”

  54. Keldor

    …Why am I suddenly picturing her humming the My Little Ponies themesong to herself as she walks past? I don’t even know what it goes like, yet somehow I’m sure she’s humming it… O.o

    • Indagare

      My Little Kitty: Friendship is Clawmarks

  55. Roadrunner

    How cool

  56. spiritkitsune

    Grape: “Talk to my paw.”

    • the fry pwnr

      lol i know. perfect moment

  57. Bob

    Cross Grape and she gets mean… Just ask Bino, he’s obviously dumb enough to keep messing with her…

  58. JeffCvt

    You know, i was hopeing this comic would be the moment grape found out that she would be adopted. She would say something like “Oh, your owners are going to adopt me just because we talked for a little bit” to peanut, still trying to act like a tough cat, but when she got home in the final comic you would see her tear up in joy when no one is looking because she finaly has a home (and an “older brother”) of her own.

    That was the kind of comic i was looking forward to, then this one would be the next comic.

    • spiritkitsune

      We really missed a D’awwwwwwwwwww moment there, didn’t we.

    • Foxstar

      We don’t always get what we expect.

      • spiritkitsune

        That’s what makes life interesting.

        • JeffCvt

          Yea, but it still would have been one of the cutest comics yet, probably everyones favorite, it would have been mine.

        • JeffCvt

          It would be even more cute than grape in the last comic when she says “oh, you really are going”

      • Valerio

        in a way, we do get what we want.
        We are allowed to imagine it…that is, until Rick will surprise us with yet another unexpected twist.

        • Crackles

          If he doesn’t, then it’s up to a fan to do it. ;)

    • Xane

      Yeah, I would have liked to have seen her reaction to being adopted too. Oh well.

    • River_Dragon

      Oh, man….that would have been PURRRFECT!!!

  59. FerreTrip

    Just like a cat. X3

  60. moon bay moomba

    even before she was spoiled in a way

  61. Randomextra

    Good ol grape. They so cute younger

  62. alejandro

    violent from the begining and so non sholaunt

  63. phosphorus

    it would be adorable seeing bino in a doggy diaper, and a great way to cut him down to size

  64. Crackles

    Will we ever find out why Grape hung around dogs so much?

    • IceKitsune

      Its most likely just because she lived with Peanut and was neighbors with Bino, and Bino has meetings of the Good Ol Dogs Club near her house. Therefore knew dogs easier then cats.

      • Crackles

        Easier maybe, but now it sounds like she’s so lazy she can’t go out further than his neighbours. Not really convincing. Just thinking about this older comic http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/07/13/many-very-convincing-reasons/

        • IceKitsune

          I had actually forgotten about that strip actually. Considering she lived next to Max it is rather odd she didn’t just hang out with him and have him introduce her to more cats earlier.

    • IceKitsune

      Also it could be because she likes Dog Biscuits so much.

      • Maengun1256

        Or she’s a dog lover, ie. peanut cat lover,

        • IceKitsune

          You know considering the strip Crackles posted and the one right before it, where she teased Peanut on purpose (remember she knew about his crush by this point, so yeah that was completely on purpose just to mess with him she knew what it would do.) Its possible that she is in denial being a dog lover.

          Before anyone gets on me about this, it doesn’t mean that shes not in love with Max or anything like that, just that she likes dogs too and doesn’t want/can’t bring her self to admit it.

          • Maengun1256

            Couldn’t agree with you more :)

  65. katie

    Are we to assume, since Grape is ‘like, two’ and yet still a kitten, that animals live much longer in this ‘verse than in rl? that would be cool.
    Wonder if that needs to go on the Housepets tvtropes article…hmm

    • IceKitsune

      They live to be about 40 years old in human years in this universe.

      • katie

        Oh cool. Sauce?
        I don’t doubt you, I’m just curious, and I want that ‘oh I remember THAT!’ feeling.

        • IceKitsune

          It was in one of the excerpts from The Housepets Novel (An Infinitesimally Brief History of the World) IIRC, that Rick put up a while back. I can’t remember exactly which one it was in (or if it was actually in the comments for one of them) but there are only 3 of them. http://www.housepetscomic.com/page/7/ also one is on page 6.

          • IceKitsune

            Sorry I mean page 8 not page 6 :P

  66. Luke

    Kitten Grape is awesome!

    • River_Dragon

      That’s why she is now my gravatar…=D

  67. storm

    i love the way bino looks in panel 4. that show that you cant order grape around

  68. storm

    what do you think grape would do if she found peanut showing off her childhood photos? and do you think it should be taking her this long to make tea?

    • katie

      ‘This long’? 0.o Peanut could easily have been speaking for a few seconds. Maybe a minute or two. I think you’re overestimating how long it takes to talk.

    • Valerio

      or perhaps she’s just staying there behind the door, listening, and smiling at the memories.

      • Xantham

        thatd be an adorable panel

    • Crackles

      Maybe she walks in middle of it to tell her side of the story and some pet is going to find out a new perspective to an old memory.

      • IceKitsune

        Either it would be really rushed or this is going to be a very long arc, (assuming this next flash back part of the story will keep going.) which would be cool.

        • Crackles

          Well it wouldn’t have to be an another flashback narrated by Grape, just explained in present time. Though I’m guessing this will be a long arc, I mean come on, it’s an arc about their past. There’s so much potential.

        • Valerio

          I can’t imagine any reason for this arc to be short. there’s plenty to tell and PLENTY of ubercuteness to go around. *squeeeee!*

          • IceKitsune

            Well I wasn’t saying that this arc will be short with out Grape doing that (I’m sure this arc is going to the end of the month at the very least anyway).

            I’m just saying that with her retelling the memories her way though flashbacks (which is what I thought Crackles meant at the time) it would make the arc very very long, most likely it would be the longest one yet. It would be worth it though.

  69. Valerio

    Yes, dog, I *can* read. See? It reads ‘Scratch!’

  70. Foxyjosh

    I love her casual expression.

  71. loomCAT

    Daaaaang, those are some ridiculously straight cuts. Grape’s pretty precise for her age. O_O

  72. norman

    is he bleeding or blushing

    • Zaitsev

      she scraped his face

  73. realwarpet

    Puppy fox! and Kitten Max…please explain the bites on his ears…those confuse me *also I think max’s owner also owns bino.*

    • IceKitsune

      If we do see Max it will be as a background cameo only as this is Grapes story (told by Peanut) and she has not yet met him. (unless some retconing is going to happen, which I doubt) Its also possible (and since Grape lived next to Bino very likely) that Max has yet to be adopted by Jeff yet.

      Actually thinking about it, how did she not know Max as a kitten? I guess its possible that Max was owned by someone else in the neiborhood then adopted by Jeff later, either that or Max’s relationship with Sabrina was very very short (which is possible).

      • IceKitsune

        Ignore that above post as I’m a moron apparently and have no idea why I though any of this.

    • McFly

      Yes, Max and Bino have the same owner.

  74. phosphorus

    I’m really hoping for embarassing puppy stories, that would be adorable
    and mud puddles, lots and lots of mud puddles+Fox,Bino,and Peanut=win

  75. Wolf Brother

    wooo! ive been slacking for a few days but i finally got back =D anyway, i LOVED seeing Peanut and Grape all little and stuff =3

  76. Grip the Wolf

    I LOVE how big Grape’s collar is on her!

  77. Draven

    First Grape was all, “my lollipop might taste better over there”
    Then Bino was like, “NO!”
    Then Grape was all, “What sign?”

  78. Isaiap9047

    Gotta love grape shes even awesome as a kitten XD

  79. phosphorus

    I wonder what bino is gonna do. Cry like a little kid most likely
    That makes me think of joey its gonna be adorable seeing that lil shrimp as a pup

    • Draven

      Joey would end up being more ripped than anyone else, then just growing into that muscle.

  80. Tattorack