As previously posted (click here), after 24 hours at the hospital, Cagney was allowed home.
With much relief, I got him home & carried him into the lounge. Still covered over, he joined in the mad chirping. That in itself was lovely to hear as he had not been chirping at all. I placed him on the table & uncovered him. Joy all around! He was so happy he started to heartily eat his millet.
I thought I would leave him in the travel cage to recouperate for a little while but after his millet he wanted out. Bezukhov was also desperate to get out so I let him out first, then Cagney, who shot over to the manor, then the ferplast. There was much excitement. Phineas was ecstatic to see his beloved & Cagney even managed make some flirty eyes at him. Bezukhov initially seemed a bit confused & I wondered if there was a touch of guilt there as he had been flirting with Phineas only that morning. Either way, it was not long before the toyboys were hanging out together as best buddies.
Cagney eating millet on his return home
Bezukhov & Cagney reunited
Cagney was still weak, weary & wobbly so I decided not to let Phineas out as he can be a bit boisterous. In the meantime, I let Cagney sleep when he wanted (most of the time) but each time he woke up I made sure to offer him food. He ate lots of sugar snap peas & more millet & even some seed. I made sure he had an early night so he could have a long sleep. I imagine he did not get much sleep at the hospital with the interruptions through the night for his treatment & also the constant noise of other things going on. I padded the bottom of the manor in case he should wobble during the night & fall.
It was mentioned before that Cagney’s poops had improved. They were splattered white poops but then became more solid. Because of the barium x-ray, his poops would look a bit ‘milky’ for the next day or two. Here are the obligatory poop pictures that tell (a vet at least) a detailed story:
First poop on return home
The next day (Monday 24th) Cagney was still not right – he was very tired & sleeping a lot. When offered, he sometimes ate a tiny bit of seed or millet. Sugar snap peas seemed to be welcome though – I do not think he refused one pea. Though he was very tired, he wanted to come out of the manor & basically slept on every perching spot around the room, including the playgym & the window perch.
Because Phineas had not had much time out of the cage I decided to let him out under strict supervision. He was predictably over exuberant. At one point, when Cagney was trying to sleep on top of the Manor, Phineas was running around him, tapping him on the beak. Normally Cagney would either flirt back or tell him to back off but this time he was just too weary to respond. In the end, I got Phineas back home again so Cagney could rest properly.
When I let Phineas out again later he reined in his buoyant nature a bit so was able to stay out longer. Here are some photos of a tired Cagney, his best buddy Bezukhov & admirer, Phineas:
Cagney looking very little next to Bezukhov
Phineas sitting with Cagney
Bezukhov sitting with Cagney
To be continued…