Alethea & Athena (double_dear) wrote,
Alethea & Athena
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This and that

Occasionally...or rather, more frequently than we'd like, we encounter a strange phenomenon that goes like this: We'll be having a conversation with someone, when a third party will arrive and start talking to the other person, who will proceed to act as if we were never there. This happened to us twice last night, and we are not happy about it.

On the other hand, we have no idea what to do about it, because it would be rude to say, "Hey! I wasn't done talking!" And when you do that, people tend to get all aggravated and be like, "Fine!" and listen to you to humor you, but now they're annoyed and not interested. The obvious solution would be to join in the new conversation, but somehow the circle always closes to leave us out.

So anyway, since there's not much we can do about it, we vent about it on LJ and then we focus on other problems, like cats. I don't know if I've mentioned this here before or not, but Oreo is underweight and Page is overweight, and we're having a very difficult time fixing either problem. Oreo loves to eat, but he's finicky (being a cat and all), so we have to make sure to leave food out for him.

But if food is left out for Oreo, there's nothing to stop Page from thinking it's also left out for her, and while she refuses to eat people food, she'll eat almost any kind of cat food you put in front of her. (Except for a few varieties of healthy dry food.)

We asked the vet about it one time, and the only suggestion she could give us was to put her food up high, so she has to work for it. So we put her food on the very top of the cat tree, and she'll jump up and down to eat it, and it's all very cute.

The problem is, Oreo can't jump that high because he's old and probably has arthritis. So we have to hope he's getting enough of the wet food (which he sometimes refuses to eat) that he won't want any dry food. Also, again, any food left out for Oreo (down low) is also left out for Page. So what we need is some kind of enclosure or something that will admit Oreo but not Page, so that we can leave food out for him and not her. Hmmmm...

Today I'm thankful for Mom being kind enough to take us to the grocery store during her lunch break, finally having toaster strudels again, work going pretty well, the lovely rainy weather, and having a high place to put cat food for Page.
Tags: angst, kitties, social anxiety
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