Meet Mooch, Earl’s best pal. This tuxedo kitty lives with his guardians Millie and Frank, along with a goldfish sibling named Sid. Mooch has his own way of thinking and talking (“Yesh!”), loves his Little Pink Sock, and vies for the affection of a neighbor cat named “Shnelly.” Mooch has a flair for the dramatic, resulting in personas like the ultra-chill, bathrobe-wearing Dude and the prophesying Shphinx. While this curious feline is drawn to mischief and adventure, his loved ones are his top priority — demonstrated through small, selfless acts of service for friends and family.

Get to know Mooch with these strips featuring this beloved cat!

Mooch has always been curious, but especially about his new neighbor, Earl. 

September 13, 1994 MUTTS Comic Strip


The pair quickly became two peas in a pod.

October 4, 1995 MUTTS Comic Strip


He LOVES his Little Pink Sock.

January 22, 2001 MUTTS Comic Strip


Like, really loves it.

September 13, 2020 MUTTS Comic Strip


His other love is Shnelly, a demure housecat known only for her ears.

February 15, 2015 MUTTS Comic Strip


He always has a little mischief up his sleeves.

December 27, 2015 MUTTS Comic Strip


He is the founding member of the MUTTS book club.

May 1, 2018 MUTTS Comic Strip


He has a secret identity: the all-knowing Shphinx.

June 30, 2019 MUTTS Comic Strip


He abides.

January 24, 2023 MUTTS Comic Strip


He and Earl will be best friends, forever.

January 1, 2021 MUTTS Comic Strip

Comments (8)

Love that Patrick McDonnell gets me to look at the world from a different perspective!

Sue Bucholz

Mooch and Earl bring me peace and love everyday. What more can I ask for?

William Dorgeloh

They bring me so much hope for the world.


Mooch is my spirit animal. Mooch and Earl’s friendship brings such warmth to my soul and so many smiles to my heart. Bless you PMcD for your creative brain!

Dana L Russell

I know you are dedicated to pet adoptions, Patrick, so here is my promise: Mooch will ALWAYS be"my" cat, along with my 2 beloved Siamese imps.

Jane Artabasy

You give me hope where there’s just exhaustion

Mark Sparks

I love Mooch! ❤️❤️❤️

Sue Cottingham

Dear, you are my sunshine.

Linda Hétu