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Celebrating Garfield

June 15 2023

June 19th is Garfield Day! The iconic orange feline has appeared in thousands of comic strips, as well as books, movies, and TV shows. He’s also starred on Broadway, and even opened an amusement park. A Rancho Santa Fe, CA vet puts the furry ball of sarcasm in the spotlight below.


Garfield may look a bit different than he did in his first comic strip appearance, but he hasn’t changed all that much. His love of lasagna was evident from birth. Born in the kitchen of Mama Leone’s Italian Restaurant, the then-tiny ball of fur ate so much lasagna that he almost put the restaurant out of business. Fortunately, Jon Arbuckle saved the day by adopting the cantankerous cat. That was the beginning of a very long and special friendship.

Words Of Wisdom

Garfield is known for being cranky, lazy, and unimpressed. He’s terrified of spiders, and isn’t exactly a fan of his roommate, the adorable gray kitten Nermal. However, he does occasionally show that there’s a heart of gold somewhere beneath all that fur and flab. One of his sayings? ‘Love me, Feed me, Never Leave me.’ That really rings true when it comes to animal care! In fact, September is Animal Pain Awareness Month, reminding us to always be attentive to our pets’ needs and well-being.


Garfield and Jon didn’t get to the top on their own. They’ve been joined along the way by many different characters, including Nermal; Odie, Jon’s dog; Arlene, Garfield’s crush,  and Dr. Liz, the vet. Even actor Bill Murray has co-starred with the orange feline: the duo made a cameo in Zombieland.


Here’s an interesting tidbit. Garfield was the inspiration (or possibly mastermind) behind a small chain of ghost restaurants. (Ghost restaurants are restaurants that only offer delivery or pickup. Many operate in the kitchens of other restaurants.) The GarfieldEats franchise offered lasagna, pizza, and smoothies. They even featured Garfield games and Garfield and Friends cartoon episodes on the app. While Garfield might enjoy indulging in these treats, it’s important to remember that if your feline friend ever needs emergency or critical care, our veterinary team is here to help.


So how does one celebrate this loveable, sarcastic ball of fur? Well, you could start by having lasagna for dinner. For entertainment, there’s no shortage of shows, books, and even movies to choose from. Of course, the ultimate option here would be to adopt a ginger kitty, and name it after the cartoon feline.

Our Advice on Celebrating Garfield in 2024

When is Garfield Day celebrated, and why is it significant?

Garfield Day is celebrated annually on June 19th, marking the debut of the beloved orange tabby in the comic world. This day holds significance as it honors not just a cartoon character but a cultural icon who has charmed generations with his humor and antics. Garfield’s portrayal of a lazy, lasagna-loving cat reflects the amusing side of pet ownership and resonates with cat lovers globally. His enduring popularity highlights the unique bond between humans and their pets, underscoring the joy and companionship that animals bring to our lives.

How has Garfield’s appearance evolved since his first comic strip appearance?

Since his debut in 1978, Garfield’s appearance has undergone notable changes. Initially, he was depicted as a bulky, somewhat clumsy cat with more exaggerated, cartoonish features. Over time, Garfield evolved into a more streamlined, stylized character. His eyes became more prominent and expressive, his body slimmer and less cumbersome, allowing for a broader range of movement and expression. This evolution reflects an artistic refinement over the years, mirroring changes in animation and design trends. Garfield’s transformation has helped keep him relatable and appealing to successive generations of readers and viewers.

What are some of Garfield’s defining characteristics and attitudes?

Garfield is famously known for his distinctive personality traits that set him apart in the world of comic characters. He embodies a blend of crankiness, laziness, and a sharp, sarcastic wit, often delivering humorous yet insightful commentary on life. Despite his grumpy demeanor, Garfield has moments of vulnerability and affection, particularly towards his owner, Jon Arbuckle. His fear of spiders and disdain for Mondays are recurring themes, adding to his relatable nature. Additionally, Garfield’s interactions with other characters, like the playful tormenting of Odie, showcase his mischievous side, further defining his unique character.

What are some ways to celebrate Garfield Day?

Celebrating Garfield Day can be a fun and creative homage to this iconic feline. One popular way is by enjoying lasagna, Garfield’s favorite dish, either homemade or from a local eatery. Fans often engage in marathons of Garfield’s movies or TV shows, reliving his classic adventures. Reading Garfield comic strips or books is another great way to commemorate the day. For those inspired by Garfield’s attitude towards life, taking a relaxed, laid-back approach to the day encapsulates his spirit. Lastly, if feasible, supporting animal shelters or adopting an orange tabby cat can be a meaningful tribute to Garfield while helping animals in need.

Do you have an orange cat that loves lasagna, hates Mondays, and picks on your dog? Contact us, your Rancho Santa Fe, CA pet clinic, for all of your kitty’s veterinary care needs. 

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