I made a simple comment/suggestion to this person and she just about flipped out on me! I just don´t get it! I never pointed a finger or anything and she jumps down my throat!
Ugh! I know that most people are not this way and are able to accept constructive criticism (although it wasn´t even close to criticism) very well in the hopes that they are providing well for their cavies, but this person just did not care! And her reason was "I´ve been doing this for years and nothing bad has happened..."
I just don´t get it.
(Excuse me if this doesn´t make a whole lot of sense, nothing rarely does when I´m this angry.)
I take it this was a message board exchange -- at least it wasn´t a misunderstanding with one of your friends or neighbors.
Oh well, you´re right, of course. And I can relate to forgetfulness, I am young and have a terrible memory. I suppose that is one of the perks!
I will be watching what I reply to from now on, especially where that site is concerned.
This is one of those live and learn things. You know, what you write can be misinterpreted or -- the person responding can be deranged.
I belong to a cavy list serv. If anyone belongs to the rice.edu one, then they probably know what I am talking about.
Anyway, there was a discussion going on about different ideas for cages. This one woman posted a description of her cage. I had replied and asked her if she gave her cavies enough floor time to compensate for the small dimensions. This woman replied back and could not understand why I would ask about floor time when she was talking about her cage! In a later email she had said that 2 square feet per cavy was enough space for a cage. I then quoted from Teresa´s site (and posted a link) for the suggested 7.5 sq.ft. and she had said that those dimensions were "optimal, but not required" and questioned the quality of the source. She also made a comment that her cavies have been living like this for years and are healthy and have all lived long lives.
She ended up sending me a very insulting (and immature) email to my personal account and even commented that she knew that she was going to get kicked off the list serv for her comments. Apparently not, because today she replied to someone else´s post (which I had not been involved in) and added more insulting comments specifically directed at me.
I ended up emailing the moderator and making a complaint about her comments.
I just don´t understand how people can post on forums and not expect certain comments or suggestions. Apparently she is extremely hostile and I really don´t think that she belongs to the list serv at all.
It doesn´t matter now, I am no longer angry. She has managed to make herself look like the immature idiot. I have said my peace in regards to that woman, so I am finished with the situation.