... this is my blog. And I guess I'll write what I darn well please.
And what pleases me is to try to school humanity into thoughtful improvement in their telephone manners.
Cue phone conversation from the other night:
Me: Blah blah vet hospital!
Her: I set out some wet food for my cat this morning before I went to work at 7am. She usually eats it by the time I come home at five, but there was still half of it there. Is it okay to leave it out overnight so she can eat it?
Her: I need you to ask someone with a lot of experience in this, a lot of knowledge, like a doctor.
Me: One moment please.
|This food tastes off. Where is my taster?|
I turn to Lola
Lola: What was that?
Me: (explain) I've decided you're very experienced.
Lola: From a can? That's only good for two, three hours tops. It really needs to be refrigerated any longer than that.
Me: (picking up phone) Ma'am? I've spoken with someone who has experience in the subject. Wet food should only be left out two, three hours max. It's not good to leave out all day like that. If you need to leave it out, try using dry food.
Her: Well, my SISTER says that cats eat rotten food in the wild all the time, so I don't see how this would be any different..
Me: Things aren't always ideal in the wild.
Her: Well, thanks anyway.
I told Fifi later. Her response, which I wish I would have thought of was "Yeah. And feral cats only live 1 or 2 years in the wild"
So here we have another case of someone who has already made up their mind calling to validate themselves. The problem here was, I didn't know what answer she wanted.
Was she trying to prove her sister wrong? Usually when someone calls like that, they are trying to get you to back them up against someone, their mom, their uncle, but she was upset when I didn't agree with the third party.
But if she agreed with the sister already, then why did she call?
What was she after?