My two kids kinda hate each other.
Well, the younger one ADORES the older one, and he follows her around, chases her, wants to play with her…..and she’ll have nothing to do with him. She even hides from him.
I guess it makes more sense that my oldest is a six year old cat who was an only child for the first 5 years of her life.
She’s been careful to give Dylan a developmentally appropriate-wide birth. For example, when he was just a poopy blob, she would venture a sniff to the head. But now that he’s starting to WALK, ladies and gentlemen, not only will she not touch him with a ten foot pole (if she had opposable thumbs), but she displays a look of pure panic at this recent development (which I translate to: holy shitfuck!) and runs like I do when I’m running from zombies. Which is probably a good thing, because her hanging tummy waddle could use a little slimming. Mine could, too, now that I think about it.
My cat’s also not too bright. To her credit, she has identified areas of the house where Dylan can’t go and she’s learned that those places are sweet, sweet havens of peace (notice I didn’t say “and quiet”). Two such places are the staircase (where she sits and waits in an attempt to trip us, ideally making us fall to our deaths) and the downstairs bathroom.
See, we keep the cat’s poo box in the bathroom, and so we had to figure out a way to let the cat into the bathroom, but keep the boychild out. Child gate! You say. Yup, that’s what we thought, too. We installed one, and it definitely kept the wee lad out. Unfortunately, it also kept the feline out as well. I tried to train her to jump the gate like a normal cat would, but she was uninterested and actually threatened to go poop in an undisclosed location unless the gate came down.
Long story long – I was lamenting about my son who loves to eat cat litter and my cat who can’t jump, and my dad suggested rigging up some sort of string that allowed the bathroom door to open just wide enough for my fatty catty to get through, but not wide enough for the child who ripped through my vag (my words, not my dad’s). It was brilliant, it was cheap, and it worked.
And that’s how the bathroom became a toddler-free cat haven…until a human has to use the facilities, that is.
So twice now this week when I’ve had to use the potty, I will unlatch the bathroom door and the cat will scamper in. I don’t know what she’s expecting…a pooping party, perhaps? Each time I warn the cat in plain English, “You know Dylan will be in here before you know it and you’ll be cornered. You hate that.” And each time I waste my breath.
So in comes Dylan, because mom clearly needs moral support to do her business.
And then, in an effort to give mom some privacy from the rest of the house which is now empty (either that, or in an effort to hold us hostage for promises of extra chunks of cheese at lunch), Dylan pushes the door shut, turns toward us, and cackles manically.
This is the cat’s cue to lose her shit.
WE’RE TRAPPED! WE CAN’T LEAVE! WHAT DO WE DOOOO? I’ll go this way- no this way- no, on top of the toilet- nay, behind the toilet!!!!! AAAGGHHHHH!
Cue boychild to squeal with delight while he bears witness to the cat’s manic panic attack.
And I can’t do anything to let the cat out until my personal business transaction has been completed.
Sometimes I feel like I run a zoo.
…maybe I should start charging admission.