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Old February 25th, 2006, 02:02 PM
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Roommate Rant

Ok, so I have a roommate. My roommate has a cat. The cat was a foundling that she took in when it was around 2. The cat is highly dependant on her and has various sorts of attention seeking behaviors, ie. playing in the litter box, scratching on the washing machine next to the litter box, eating too fast then throwing up (yes I've taken him to the vet, he's otherwise fine), and caterwauling up and down the hall.
Here I should point out that my dog has a very minor case of SA that really only comes out on week-ends when I run errands (he whines and howls for about 45 minutes after I leave).
When I first mentioned to the roommate (who is gone more often than she's here) that her cat is rather distressed when she's gone often, she shrugged it off saying, 'oh well, I guess Merlin has separation anxiety like Charley does' .
When the scratching on the washing machine picked up (sounds like nails on a chalk board) I mentioned it again since the laundry room is right outside my bedroom and the cat likes to make noise at 4 am, she pulled out all the reasons why she can't be here more (work, overtime, school, studying), apologized for the noise and walked out the door with her boyfriend to go out for dinner and a movie, leaving me to deal with a noisy cat. Please not e that this was a Thursday and she hadn't really been home other than to sleep since the previous Sunday.
I'm getting to the end of my rope... On top of not spending enough time with her poor cat (who won't come to me for attention no matter what I do for him), she not pulling her weight around here, she never does groceries (but she'll pay for half of what I buy), she rarely cleans and if she does its not worth it anyways, and she seems to think that i don't notice when its her turn to clean the litter box and she doesn't do it. There's really nothing I can do because I like to have a selection of food in my pantry, I like a clean house and my cat likes her litter box clean so I end up spending 4 hours of my week-end doing it all by myself all the while listening to her crazy cat caterwauling up and down the hall because she and her boyfriend had to 'get away for the week-end'...
And I know there's nothing that you all can do, that I'm going to have to sit her down and tell her she's torturing both her cat and me and that its going to have to stop. But thanks for letting me vent, I feel better now (or the cleaning products have finally gotten to my head, we have options )
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