Come bedtime, I find that Cagney & Bezukhov settle down quite quickly. When the final big cover goes over, there is usually a last bit of faffing but otherwise they appear keen to get to sleep.
Phineas tends to take a bit longer to wind down & whilst the toyboys are already snoozing in the manor, Phineas uses the time, in his own cage, to chew on various toys. After a while, he puffs up & also settles down.
Mostly, he sleeps overnight on the left hand side of the ttmss swing. If he is not already on it, when his big cover goes on, he makes his way over.
A few nights ago when I peeked in under the cover, things seemed different & I had to squint to make out that Phineas was sitting on the right hand side of the ttmss swing rather than the left. Odd, but entirely acceptable. I thought nothing of it.
Last night it seems he wanted to shake things up a bit more. He mounted his ttmss swing as per usual, but whilst it was swinging, he was ducking under the mirror in the middle to reach the perch on the right hand side. This seemed a long winded way to get there, being as he could just slip around the side. Anyway, after a bit of faffing, he managed to get to the right hand side perch. Unfortunately he was facing outwards & not towards the mirror so he had to maneuver himself around. I thought he would settle there but no, it seems not. He stretched across to the normal swing, sat on there for a second, then jumped onto the rope perch on the side. What now? Back to the ttmss swing!
Yes, he went back over to the ttmss swing & again, whilst it was swinging, made his way under the mirror section to the right hand side. (By this time, I had pulled up a chair so I could comfortably watch instead of bending down to peek under the cover). Will he settle on the right hand side of the ttmss swing as he did the other night? No. He decided he wanted to get to the left hand side but instead of going under or around the side, decided to go over. How he did it, I really do not know, but did it he did! He managed to get up & squeeze himself through the gap between the ttmss swing & the top of the cage.
Once on the left hand side, he then ducked underneath to get to the right hand side again, transferred himself over to the normal swing, then the rope perch, then back across the cage to the ttmss swing! At the last peek, he settled, as usual, on the left hand side of the ttmss swing.
It is times like that when I fully understand why Cagney & Bezukhov do not want Phinny to sleep overnight with them. 😀