I have always thought that arranging the furniture in a cage is a skill. There are lots of questions to ask, like will the position of this perch/toy mean it is covered in poop? Will the toy be in an accessible yet challenging place? Is there enough space for wings to be stretched or even for a fly?
I thought I had considered all things when rearranging Moriarty’s cage yet somehow he found a glitch in the design. If he dismounts his swing in a certain way, one of the bottom bells gets caught in the Olympic rings! Despite this being a fault, it almost turns into a new toy. The swing’s bell is now in a great position to be biffed, & the swing can still be used, even at the funny angle!
Some time ago, I invested in a stainless steel bell*. It is a tubular bell with a nice tinkly ring to it. Over the years, it has been largely ignored, despite being put in various positions & having beads & chewy paper tied to it. It took Lennie to rock up, for the bell to be noticed. Because of the attention he has given it, the bell is now known as The Denisov Bell, after the curious & brave Lennie Denisov.
Lennie first came across the bell when it was in the Silver Villa. I imagine he was attracted to how shiny it was. Gradually, he would inch nearer to it until he could touch it & then he wanted to see what was inside it. Unfortunately, Dalai was often near & although he did not play with the bell himself, clearly did not want anyone else to! (See video below).
Seeing how much Lennie wanted to play with the bell, I swapped it with a chewy toy from his cage. He was delighted to find it in the New Villa & he could play with it to his heart’s content! (See videos below). Fast forward several months & the novelty has worn off! I am thinking of temporarily returning the bell to the Silver Villa to see if that will reawaken his interest.
Lennie discovers the bell in the Silver Villa:
Lennie playing with the bell in his own home:
*Non-stainless steel bells can rust, causing serious health risks to your bird. This is why I got rid of bells on toys & replaced with safer alternative items (click here for related post) & also invested in the stainless steel bell.
The lantern mirror has always been popular in this household. Since Atilla kindly removed the clapper off the bell & I later removed the bell, the mirror has undergone some transformations. Here is the latest, adorned with paper rope & little beads:
When cleaning Atilla’s purple lantern mirror & bell the other day, I noticed the bell had some marks, possibly the beginnings of rust. To be safe, I took the clapperless bell off & threw it away.
The mirror looked a bit lost without anything dangling from it so I had to add something…….
Enter, a munch ball!
Atilla & the toyboys did not seem to notice the shiny dangly thing was now brown & chewy. Or rather, they did notice, but were not that concerned. Either way, the new-style lantern mirror has been accepted by them & is now part of the Manor furniture.
The green lantern mirror was not able to withstand Atilla’s vigorous workout & the bell lost its clapper. She did the same with the purple mirror. I took the green lantern mirror out for repairs & got a bite on my finger for my trouble. On returning it, the clapper lasted one morning before I found it laying at the bottom of the Manor, & Atilla with a smug, defiant look on her face.