Monday, June 25, 2012

In Threes

So, disagreement over the details of a...words fail me but you know the guy; that's One. No fun but it happens, at which point (IMO) the important thing is to Shut Up. I'm not good at that.

Two came first and is worse: once again, the drains at Roseholme are direly slow. You can use the loo -- if no one else has in the last twenty minutes. Plumbers have been called and I hope a good snaking will fix it but this will be the third time. (OTOH, there was a magnetic business card on the original fridge when I moved in: a drain-cleaning company.) Hope for the best!

Three: Huck the Cat got very rough with Rannie not a half-hour ago: had her pinned and was kicking at her tummy, with much mutual screaming and attempts to bite. He freaked out when I dove in, and he ran off to the kitchen and onto the counter at the far end. --I won't put up with this behavior. He's used up his one chance. Sad. I hope I put enough of a scare in him.

8 comments:

Ruth said...

Not sure I can help with the plumbing (maybe one of those fancy snakes with the camera on the end so they can see whats going on?)

For the cats: a spray bottle of water with just a bit of viniger in it works wonders with mine....

TSG said...

You won't change his attitude!
Cut your losses. Get rid of him!
(The cat, not the plumber)

JC said...

Don't forget to check the vent stack.

The Freeholder said...

Roberta, it's a kitty dominance thing. TSG is wrong, you can change his attitude--it's not as simple with cats as with other animals, but it can be done. The best move is to consult your vet for advice.

Another good thing is to understand cat behavior. Cats are far less domesticated than say, dogs, and that makes for some interesting behaviors. I started with the book Catwatching way back when, but there are probably other/better ones now.

dave in Indiana said...

A lot of older homes have issues with tree roots having worked their way into drain pipes. As Ruth mentioned, you might want fine someone that can run a camera through the drain pipes. The again you may not, tree roots getting into pipes generally leads to an expensive repair.

LabRat said...

I would become worried if a repeat pattern developed, but the occasional major-getting-crossways is just... commoner in multicat scenarios than it is with dogs. They have fewer de-escalation tools in their emotional and social toolbox than we.

Think young children who don't yet have the emotional regulation not to have a screaming, hitty meltdown with their best friend over something that started minor.

Repeat attempts to bully, though... that's something to worry about.

Orwell's Ghost said...

I agree it's probably roots. My brother's house has the same problem. They had to have the drain snaked with something that chopped up the roots and they were supposed to use something called 'Rootex' that keeps the roots from growing back in. They don't for some reason and have this problem a few times a year.

Orwell's Ghost said...

I agree it's probably roots. My brother's house has the same problem. They had to have the drain snaked with something that chopped up the roots and they were supposed to use something called 'Rootex' that keeps the roots from growing back in. They don't for some reason and have this problem a few times a year.