Every day I change the paper at the bottom of their cages. I usually put down 7 sheets of newspaper & then each day remove the top sheet leaving a nice clean sheet ready for fresh poops. Because I also like to clean other bits of the cage, I tend to do this at some point during the day when the cage is vacated.
This particular day was no different… or so I thought. Phineas was out & about, busy keeping his eye on his beloved Cagney in the Manor. I removed the top sheet in his cage as usual. Wiped a couple of perches & adjusted a toy, then went about my usual business.
Not long after, Phineas wanted to regurgitate to my finger so he jumped on the perch on the outside of his cage & proceeded to regurgitate to my readily available finger. So far so good. Then he glanced in the cage. Oh my! He did a double take! What is THAT?!!!! He looked unnerved & flew off! It was then that I noticed the rather scary looking paper on the bottom of his cage!
Perhaps he would not want to return to his cage?! To make sure there would not be a problem I removed the offending paper & slid it under another sheet. I was curious though. Did Phinny really looked shocked or did I exaggerate his reaction in my mind? A couple of days later, when the scary sheet of paper came to the top again, I decided to leave it there & see what happened.
Well….. Phinny reacted the same way!!! It made sense really. I mean, I do not think that even I would like to share a cage with something so scary, even if it was made out of paper. This time I got rid of that sheet of paper completely.