So, this guy is going on vacation
for a month, and asks his best friend to stop by and check up on his elderly mother and feed his pet cat. While he's gone he checks in each day.
One day when he asks how things are, his friend informs him that his cat is dead. In shock, he chews out his buddy and says that these types of things need to be communicated slowly. One day, tell me the cat is on the roof and you can't get him down. The next day, tell me the cat still hasn't come down and isn't taking in any food or water. Eventually, you could tell me the cat was so weak from hunger it fell off the roof and died.
His friend apologized and they hung up. The guy calls the next day and asks how things are going. His friend pauses for a second and says:
"Your mother is on the roof."