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Am I being oversensitive?!

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by CloudsTES, Mar 5, 2019.

  1. CloudsTES

    CloudsTES New commenter

    Would anyone else find it quite uncomfortable if they were tutoring and a pet cat was meowing and scratching at a patio door (so could see in the house), over an extended period of time, but the owners wouldn't let it in? This has happened a few times with one student and, having been a bit reckless in the past, I have let it in myself, but this is clearly not appropriate (not my house, not my pet...). Would anyone else find this type of situation difficult, or am I being oversensitive (and perhaps a little unprofessional...)?
  2. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    Just tell the parent it's a distraction
  3. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    My cat sits on the kids’ books! To our mutual amusement!
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  4. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    I teach at home. My dogs snore
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  5. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    My cat too! It is a high-pitched, slightly honking sound....
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  6. CloudsTES

    CloudsTES New commenter

    Thank you. That sounds like a very wise approach. The only issue is that it doesn't seem to be a distraction to anyone else but me :-(
    Oh yes, I love having pets around, too. I'm more than happy for any creature (within reason :)) to join in with our learning (cats, dogs, chickens etc.); that's why it makes me feel sad when a pet is left 'out in the cold'. Although, to be fair, there is a catflap available, so perhaps I do need to toughen up a bit...
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  7. Kateray1

    Kateray1 Occasional commenter

    I wouldn’t let it in there maybe a reason it’s outside.

    I deal with alsorts of pets I love them but yes they do distract sometimes, one tried to pee in my bag!
    I try and deal with it quickly and get back to work.

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