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No. 642: The Pacifist Cat

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The Pacifist Cat

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Strip by: DanielBT

Narration: It was another day in the Arbuckle household, when the local residents saw something that caused them alarm.
Narration: The mice brought their attention to Garfield who was enjoying a dreamless sleep when he was rudely awakened.
Narration: The mice complained that the device violated their treaty agreement. Garfield didn't agree, pointing out that only an idiot would fall for such a simple trap.
Narration: Infuriated, they marched away with a tone reminiscent of a Groucho Marx impression. The housecat didn't expect much with their high-pitched voices.
Narration: It wasn't until they declared total warfare on his person that Garfield began to reconsider his position. "I remember when I liked mice", he grimly thought to himself.

The author writes:

This is a retelling of a Sunday strip using pages from The Church Mouse by Graham Oakley, using a similar narrative format. The (sadly out-of-print) Church Mice series is noteworthy since it stars a tabby cat who was so taken with the parson's speeches on brotherly love that he lived peacefully with Arthur, the titular mouse. Quite different from Garfield who doesn't chase mice simply because he's too lazy. For some reason, that distinction doesn't apply to birds, whom he chases on a regular basis despite not succeeding often.

Original strip: 1987-03-22.