When Thomas arrived he had to go through the obligatory quarantine period, in another room from the others.
He seemed to adapt well (better than Phineas did) but did get obsessed with looking out of the window. One thing is for sure, his eyesight is very good. 🙂
When it came to introducing him to the others, I decided to go for a staggered introduction by wheeling Phineas in to him first.
I felt a bit mean wheeling Phineas out of the lounge away from the toyboys. There was lots of shouting going on. Although the toyboys are not particularly bonded with Phineas, they still clearly see him as a mate as they were quite vocal about him disappearing.
So, Thomas was introduced to my little grey man. Their cages were put side-by-side. Initially, both were a little shocked, but they gradually relaxed & became more comfortable. Over those few days, they showed some interest in each other & would sit close to the other one but to be honest, both were probably still more interested in looking out of the window. There was a lot of talk between them but I sensed they were both having different conversations at the same time.
Was the staggered introduction the right thing to do? I am not sure. Hindsight tells me I should have perhaps persevered with this arrangement a little longer than I did.