Manor with cover that I stand underneath
With the manor, I had a routine established regarding giving Bezukhov his every-other-morning medication. Though the cage is big, the large front door allows me access to all areas. To stop Bezukhov escaping out that big door, I wrap a sheet around myself & the cage. Once he is safely contained in my hands, I duck under the sheet, into the light, to administer medication (or more to the point try to administer medication).
Bezukhov would then be returned to the manor where he could take his time to recover.
Since Bezukhov has been sleeping overnight in the Ferplast, things have been tricky. The Ferplast has some good points but sadly the cage is not designed for catching Bezukhov. It has two small doors on the front, that only one hand/arm can fit. If I position my left arm in the left door & my right arm in the right door, I still do not have access to all areas of the cage. For example, if Bezukhov is at the far left, I am unable to bend my left arm around, which means I have to use my right arm but as it is in the right door, it does not fully reach the left side of the cage. [Are you keeping up?!] The alternative is to put the most suitable arm in the appropriate door (left or right) during the chase, but this carries the risk of leaving the unused door open for Bezukhov to cunningly escape through.
Even when I am lucky enough to grab Bezukhov, I then need the other hand to contain him, otherwise he wriggles free in no time. In summary, a stressful job got even more stressful.
I don’t want any medicine!!
So, can I somehow get Bezukhov to sleep overnight in the Manor, particularly the night before medication-morning? Well, if he was to go in there at a convenient time in the evening & I lock him in, he gets stressed being on his own. He rarely goes near the Manor in the evening though as he now eats his bedtime seed in the Ferplast. Phineas generally does not consider sleeping overnight in the Manor & why would he? He has a perfectly comfortable set up in the Ferplast. And do not forget that apart from when Thomas was around, he has been sleeping on his own so is used to it.
So, for the time being we are muddling along…