In recent months, Perry’s behaviour has changed somewhat.
Just little things… but things he either did not do before or did not do often.
Here are some of the things I have noticed:
◈ The main thing is that Perry wants to fly more. His flying is not too good – probably more due to lack of exercise/practice/motivation than any physical reason. Whilst I appreciate the extra activity is a good thing, his flying can be erratic. At times he does not plan in advance where he is going, but just suddenly sets off in a mad flurry. I have caught him many times before he has landed on the floor (he loses height) or somewhere undesirable (his maneuvering skills are not great).
◈ Linked to the above, is Perry’s increased desire to be out & about with Moriarty. He wants to be on top of the cage & tries to keep up with Moriarty (no one can!) Whenever he is out, I supervise the whole time, helping him to get where he wants to be & making sure he is safe.
◈ Perry has been climbing the bars of the cage. I cannot recall the last time he ever did this voluntarily! Normally, this kind of activity would be too much of an effort, but a few occasions I have seen him climb the bars on the side of Moriarty’s cage. He seems eager to get a better view when Moriarty is in his old cage, though it seems odd because Moriarty is backwards & forwards between the cages so there is no need to obsess over getting closer to him.
◈ On the occasion that Perry falls to the floor, he would usually step up onto my hand without hesitation. Quite a few times now, he appears to not want my help to get to a higher perch. (Or has he forgotten that stepping up will get him back to where he wants to be?)
◈ They can be creatures of habit, having favourite perching spots, favourite toys etc., but lately I have noticed Perry changing where he sits, or taking a slightly different path to get somewhere. They are subtle changes, but noticeable. Sometimes, on these differing paths, Perry looks like he is working something out for the first time. For example, to go into his cage, the traditional route is to jump onto the seed pot from the door platform, turn around, then jump up onto the ‘triangle’ perch. Several times now, he has sat on the door platform, head peering into the cage, seemingly trying to work out a route in.
◈ Some mornings, Perry is desperate to go in & visit Moriarty. The usual routine is that I uncover them, then let Moriarty out first & whilst he is interacting with Perry & Lennie through the bars of their cage, I give his cage a quick clean. Once done, I lift up the side door to let Perry come through to sit in Moriarty’s cage. Usually Perry would be patient, waiting for the cue, before making his way over to the door, but recently he has been almost manic to get out, to the point that I let him go into Moriarty’s cage earlier than usual before he does himself an injury.
My first thought about these changes was that perhaps Perry had lost weight & found it easier to be more active (particularly the climbing & flying) but the last time the vet weighed him, his weight was stable. My following thought was that perhaps these little changes are a result of the ongoing seizures he unfortunately suffers from – perhaps they rewire his brain in some way?
Whatever the reason, he is still the same Perry… but with some added twists & turns.