Howard reported that their pets were taking up all of Beth's time: "I'm feeling neglected." On top of Bianca's constant health problems ("It's always something with her. That's a full-time job with the dog."), the cats have begun fighting: "Apple the cat hates Walter and is fighting tooth and nail with him. She can't warm up to him. She hisses at him. They fight. Walter then bites Apple...now Apple hates [Walter] so much she's starting to lose fur! She's nervous."
Howard regretted the slippery slope of pet adoption: "Two cats. Too many!"