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House starting to come together - RonO's Ramblings

Apr. 8th, 2010 06:54 am House starting to come together

Slowly, the house is coming together. Most of the rooms are still in great need of unpacking and final arranging. But one room is getting somewhat close - my office.

Yesterday, I got the new desk assembled (but only after robot_grrl and I wrestled the top back out of my car (the same top I'd wrestled into my car at Ikea the night before), and I took another trip to Ikea to get some missing parts. Afterwards, I got one of my computers on it (two more still need to come in and get set up, but they are somewhat lower priority at the moment) and made at least a preliminary setup for the cat's part of the room (which may change to allow bookcases in here eventually).

I also put up the dog gate on the door so that the cat can have safety in the room. However, in the year and a half since he's lived with the dog gate, the cat has decided he cannot jump over it - or so he claims.

Last night, he spent the entire night "locked" in the office. I debated about letting him out before I took my shower, but decided he needed to learn. But, by the time the shower was over, I decided he needed to get to the water which isn't in the office. I went to let him out, only to find him outside the office wanting back in. But at 6:30 when his food was automatically delivered, he was again waiting outside, and I relented and let him in.

I just hope he re-learns how to jump both in and out of the office shortly. I don't want him to feel he has to live in here.

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Date:April 8th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
The cat has proven he can jump the gate when he wants to. If you continue opening the gate, he's the one training you. Leave the gate up, ignore the miserable sadness of the unloved and brutally tortured-unto-death cat, and he'll start hopping over it . . . at least when you're not looking. (For bonus points, point out to the cat that he's not fooling anyone.)
Date:April 8th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
It almost sounds like you know my cat...

Except nearly any cat would react the same way :-)
Date:April 8th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes. Moving in. I've done it way too many times. Somehow, there are always those mysterious boxes that never get unpacked, but get moved again the next time.