Mr Vet & his Lovely Assistant visited yesterday.
Atilla has given me cause for concern as she has been losing feathers on her belly/chest area. She has been looking rather tatty. That is unusual for Atilla as she is normally the most well-groomed of them all (when Cagney has not been climbing all over her).
Prior to the visit, I lured the toyboys into the Ferplast with spinach & locked them in to lessen chaos. As usual, there was the usual scenario of Mr Vet chasing Atilla around the Manor. She slipped out the front cage door & slid across the floor. Mr Vet’s Lovely Assistant quickly scooped Atilla up. The catching process was as fraught as before but a lot quicker.
Mr Vet gave Atilla a good prod & poke. He asked lots of questions about her eating, pooping & if she was still vocal. At that point she started growling at him & I said, there’s your answer….
The diagnosis is that Atilla has a fatty lump on her chest. Mr Vet said it is soft & he could move it around a bit. He did not consider it serious…. BUT he did say I should check if she loses weight or loses her appetite.
When Mr Vet & his Lovely Assistant departed, I let the girls chill a little longer before letting the toyboys out. Cagney & Bezukhov find it difficult being parted from their girls, even with them being just inches away. As soon as I opened the Ferplast door, both boys shot out to be with their puddings. It is very touching to see them be so affectionate & want to feed & preen them.
Here is (not so) bad boy Cagney giving Atilla a much needed head preen after her manhandling by Mr Vet: