Cat Versus Human

If you love cats there’s a good chance you’re already a fan of “Cat Versus Human,” a blog with some of the wittiest woman-with-cat cartoons I’ve seen. And if you haven’t, you’re in for a treat.

Yasmine Surovec cat cartoons

My apartment smells like Cucumber-Basil

 

It turns out the blog is the creation of Yasmine Surovec, who perhaps not surprisingly looks a lot like her “Cat Versus Human” protagonist. She was born in Manila and lives with her husband in both the Bay Area, CA and Phoenix, AZ with three cats and a dog.

She was kind enough to respond to our email request for an interview, so read-on to learn more about the woman behind the blog.

Cat Versus Human

See a resemblance?

 

IHC: Did you grow up with animals?

YS: I grew up with cats and dogs. We even had chickens and ducks sometimes! But I’ve ALWAYS had cats. My aunts would often bring home strays, and I was always around them. We’ve always had pets.

Yasmine Surovec

Her kitty-love was nurtured at a young age

 

How many pets do you currently have?

I have two adults cats, one kitten and an 95 lb dog.  Money, the boy cat, is extremely playful, and quite naughty I must say.

Money

Shelley, the girl cat, is very very sweet, and just loves being around me.

Shelley

 

Segway, our newest adopted kitten, has some special needs in his hip, but otherwise, he’s healthy and all over the place. He’s super sweet and adorable.

Yasmine Surovec

Segway

Puppy, our 95-pound dog is extremely affectionate, and all he wants is love. He has no concept of personal space or how big he is.

When did you first discover your love of drawing?

My mom is an animator and my dad is an architect, so there was a never-ending supply of paper, pencils and pens at home. My aunts were also animators, and they had a lot of artist and photographer friends. I’d get markers and sketch books and clay and Lego for birthdays and holidays. I was basically around creative people most of my life.

I tried to get away from it and took volcanology and seismology in college. While I loved it, I knew that I would be much happier being in a more creative industry. So I switched to multimedia and became an illustrator and designer.

Cat versus Human illustrations

 

How was “Cat Versus Human” born?

I actually have an illustration blog and online magazine. But prior to starting those projects, my intent was to put up a comic about cats. I put the latter on hold put up the illustration blog first. Then I posted one of my cat comics in my blog, and it went viral. I started Cat Versus Human a week later. Comics are my first love. As well as cats, of course. I made ‘zines and mini comics in college, so putting up a webcomic on something I loved felt natural.

I also love meeting people who have an appreciation for cats through my comics as well. It makes me quite happy to know that I’m not alone in being obsessed with cats.

What is it about cats that draws you to them?

I think it reflects on the kinds of personalities I’m drawn to. Cats are generally independent, know what they want and are pretty laid back. And it just so happens that the people I surround myself have that same personality. I also love how you have to earn a cat’s affection and trust. They just don’t easily surrender themselves to you. I actually respect that. But I do appreciate a dog’s ability to unconditionally love its pet parent. It’s pretty amazing, I must say.

Cat versus Human illustrations

 

What other job could you imagine having?

I love animals. If I weren’t a designer, I would’ve been a veterinarian. Or a cat whisperer.

What are your most and least favorite colors?

Faves: hot pink, red, orange, coral, navy. Non-faves: maroon

Any random dislikes?

I very much dislike bell peppers, licorice, risotto and cheesecake. When I was a child, my aunts would give me scented markers, and I would absolutely avoid the black one. Why? Because it was licorice scented.

Cat versus Human illustrations

For the record, IHC loves all things black licorice flavored. But we will forgive Yasmine this one misstep.  She rocks and she loves cats. Be sure to subscribe to “Cat Versus Humans.

 

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  • Thanks! That was really cool. I hadn’t seen that cartoon. We’re going to subscribe now.

    • I HAVE CAT

      So happy to have turned you on to CAT VERSUS HUMAN Praline! Thanks as always for visiting and commenting!

  • Thanks so much for sharing this fabulous interview and blog/comic strip with all of us who share your love of cats! I had never heard of it and just LOVE IT!

    Thanks so much!

    • I HAVE CAT

      yay! love getting others into cool things i love! fun fun! Thanks for posting Caren!

  • It seems very rare that a drawing captures the true beauty of a cat, but these drawings really do it for me!

    I’m going to take a look at some more now!

    • I HAVE CAT

      Thanks for visiting IHC and commenting! Glad we turned you onto Yasmine’s cool work! Is that Freya’s nose in your profile?! so cute (well, we all know I have a thing for the nose!)

  • jmuhj

    Yasmine, your drawings and texts are fantastic! Love the family photo gallery as well; and though I love all the things you don’t, I share a dislike of maroon. 😉

    • I HAVE CAT

      I’m glad you love Yasmine’s work as much as I do!

  • Great blog, glad we came to visit and the cartoons are really good. I hadn’t heard of this before and I am really glad I found it. You are really talented to do those drawings. Have a wonderful day.

    • I HAVE CAT

      Yasmine is pretty amazing! So artistic in so many different ways! Glad you like her cartoons too Marg! Thanks for visiting and posting!

  • Ooooh… I don’t know this blog, but I’m headed over RIGHT NOW! The drawings are fabulous.

    Thanks for spreading the word so we can enjoy, too! 🙂

    • I HAVE CAT

      Awesome right??! YOU of ALL people should know this woman!

  • Wow thanks for the info – we hadn’t heard of this one before but it looks like it is a lot of fun! And the interview was great – and I am with you on the black licorice thing – we will forgive her for that one too!

    • I HAVE CAT

      LOL! I love it!

  • OldCatsRule

    Very entertaining.

    • I HAVE CAT

      Hi Gina! Thanks for commenting! Glad you enjoyed it! I love her stuff!

  • bb

    Well that’s two new blogs I’ve found today! I found Cat Versus Human first then saw the link to here. Yay!

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  • how cool is she..and soo talented..
    great to be able to do something for a living that you truly love to do!!!

    • I HAVE CAT

      She’s great isn’t she. She does a lot of different things – online magazines etc. Pretty talented!

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  • GlamKitty

    Squee!! I LOVE cat cartoons… especially when they’re created by someone who really “gets” cats!! What a fabulous find… 🙂

    • I HAVE CAT

      TOTALLY AGREE! I love Yasmine’s work! WELCOME TO I HAVE CAT! =^^=

    • I HAVE CAT

      I also love the word “Squee!” it’s perfect!

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  • I just adopted a kitten, she’s beautiful, but my parents hate when she poops in her litter box because they say it stinks, i don’t mind  about it, i had even to put the litter box in my room, but they’re still complaining about it, why they have to be so mean…. i think the don’t like animals, even they say the would like them if we have a backyard, i live in an apartment by the way (it has no balcony) :)…. AWESOME INTERVIEW

    • Lizet

      Look for a sand with smell control. 

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