Too Soon

The Fluffy One approaches a tuxedo cat at a window, looking out at a tabby on a table. He asks, "Hello little girl! What is up with you and the outdoor man?" The tuxedo cat tells him, "Our brother died, he led us to this place, we're safe because of him." The Fluffy One replies, "Indeed, I too lost a brother, it is very sad." In the third panel, a ginger tabby in a tree yells, "Hey, I got my balls back!" while a small tuxedo kitten says to The Slinky One, "He's my uncle!" The Slinky One says, "We weren't expecting you so soon, but okay!" lounging around a green field are M'Man and Uncle Grandpa, as well a tabby and a grey tuxedo blissfully checking out some flowers.
The Fluffy One approaches a tuxedo cat at a window, looking out at a tabby on a table. He asks, "Hello little girl! What is up with you and the outdoor man?" The tuxedo cat tells him, "Our brother died, he led us to this place, we're safe because of him." The Fluffy One replies, "Indeed, I too lost a brother, it is very sad." In the third panel,  a ginger tabby in a tree yells, "Hey, I got my balls back!" while a small tuxedo kitten says to The Slinky One, "He's my uncle!" The Slinky One says, "We weren't expecting you so soon, but okay!" lounging around a green field are M'Man and Uncle Grandpa, as well a tabby and a grey tuxedo blissfully checking out some flowers.

If I had kept up with my comic the past two years, you would know a lot more about this golden man, but I’m planning to fill in the blanks eventually.

His name was Oscar Cornbread and he was my Peachy Pie Mango Man, leader of the Ginger Gang, uncle to the Tuxedo boys, and member of the Three Mouseketeers. His mom Coco left him and his siblings in our hedges back in 2019 and in summer of 2020 he struck out on his own, leaving our front yard…for our backyard. I tried to get him to live with me but he Looney-Tuned himself through the door back out to his family. He made me set up a shelter the likes of which no outdoor cats ever had. He also made me dabble in TNR and again, there are entire comic arcs based on that I will finish someday. If you flip back through the Three Mouseketeers tag you’ll see him everywhere. I like to think he’s joined the Hot Man Club and is still scaling trees in the sun and maybe coming into the house and sleeping on my head like everyone else does…if he wants to.

A photo of a ginger tabby loafing in a chair.

If you’d like to do something in his honor, consider helping out his “aunt” Sunny, who is out helping cats every darn day and has a wishlist of food and other supplies needed to care for them. Bronx Community Cats helped him from the day he lost his balls to the day he passed, and they deserve bajillions for all they do to help community cats, but every little bit helps.

Published by TailsFromTheBackyard

Webcomic about cats and dogs, living together. Home of a friendly neighborhood spider. Started in 2004.

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