9 November 2014
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No kissy-kissy today then?
Nope… I’m just not in the mood…
Ironically, not long after my posting in September about Phineas & his morning constitutional, he abruptly stopped all this activity. No hand jive, no boogie-woogie-ing, no experimental positions & no regurgitating. He all but ignored me completely & mostly, although not exclusively, took to his bed.
As the days turned into long weeks I wondered what had caused this apparent personality change…
- Could he be ill? Naturally, I studied his poop more closely than usual but when there were a spate of not-so-wonderful poops, he would confuse me by following up with some perfectly normal poops. Apart from the extra sleeping, he seemed fine.
- Perhaps it was down to his moult? His moult, though significant, was not quite in the same league as Cagney’s moult. Could a moult produce such a major change in his demeanor?
- Maybe Phinny’s behaviour was a side effect of Cagney’s heavy moult? Did Phinny not find Cagney as attractive with all those pin feathers on his head? (I would like to think that Phinny is not that shallow!) Or maybe Phineas was less inspired to indulge in hanky-panky when his beloved was so obviously suffering?
All I do know is that three days ago, Phineas had a tentative jiggy-jiggy on my hand. I felt relief. If his 5-6 weeks in the barren, passionless wilderness were a result of one or all of the above, I was just pleased he had come through it & was beginning to exhibit some ‘normal’ Phineas behaviour.
Yesterday morning he seemed pleased at my offer of a finger through the bars for regurgitation & then he indicated he wanted more. I put my hand in to see if he wanted his morning constitutional & he jumped right on! He was clearly out of practice & was quite ‘gentle’ but somehow it still felt right.
Today he once again wanted an in-cage jiggy-jiggy but this time completed the ‘job’.
Welcome back, Phineas!