It appears that Moriarty, similar to Perry, is a ‘blue moon bather‘. He is happy to have a bath but only now & then, when the moon is blue.
He has no problem with dancing around the edge of the bath & perhaps even putting a toenail in but it is rare for him to actually dunk himself in. I dusted off the spray bottle thinking that he may prefer a shower but he seemed to think it was some alien being. Neither Perry or Lennie like spray baths – they had the option when I used to give them to Bezukhov & Dalai, but were not interested.
Lennie likes bathing often, so Moriarty does have a role model. Here is a slideshow showing photos of him skirting around The Thomas Bath:
I have been remiss in giving mistings. Fortunately both Dalai & Lennie are happy to have baths. Perry will have a bath when there is a blue moon & equally Bezukhov will have a bath if he really, really needs one. Neither Perry or Lennie have partook in earlier mistings which may have further reduced my motivation to give them. However, a few days ago, I gathered together some celery leaves & the spray bottle & a misting was given.
As soon as Bezukhov saw the yellow spray bottle he knew what was coming & started to fluff himself up. He definitely prefers mistings to baths & went straight to the celery leaves to roll about under the water that I was spraying. He also went to the Thomas bath & had a dunk there as the spray from the water bottle was also going across that. All in all, he had a good wash! Dalai very briefly joined in. Perry & Lennie looked on in bemusement from afar.
Here are photos of Bezukhov after his misting:
Bezukhov having a shake
Here he is having a thorough preen:
I must resolve to do more mistings, even if only Bezukhov is interested!
In amongst the miserable wet & windy weather we have had, there have been sunny moments. When the sun is shining for a few hours, the room gets nice & warm. It is a good opportunity to get the spray bottle out & give the boys a misting.
The last couple of times they have had a misting with celery leaves. As Thomas has not been well, he declined one of the invitations to frolic in the leaves & stayed in the cage, but the other three all took advantage of the offer.
Yesterday, there was another opportunity for them all to have a misting. Cagney was first down to the landing platform & investigate the celery. This inspired Thomas & he dived into the leaves & got thoroughly wet. There was no room for the others so they had to temporarily take a back seat.
Thomas sitting this one out
Thanks for leading the way, Cagney
Once Thomas had finished, Cagney took over & did the best he could with Phineas barring his way at every turn.
A fluffy & dry Cagney
A wet Cagney
Bezukhov was desperate for a frolic in the leaves & had intermittent goes, before being put off by the others.
I dry off very quickly!
Phineas was the last to have a frolic. He had got a little wet accompanying Cagney but that was not a proper wash so when Cagney was busy preening, he spent some quality time with the celery & the spray bottle.
A wet Phineas
Phineas sorting out head feathers
After all of that spraying, I was almost knee deep in water myself!
All are moulting. Bezukhov started off the latest round of moulting. He has recovered from his & is looking handsome again but the others still have pin feathers, particularly on their heads.
A misting is sometimes welcome. The last misting they had was with celery leaves. Firstly, I let Cagney & Bezukhov have a go before letting Phineas & Thomas out. Both Cagney & Bezukhov were keen to get wet. Cagney did his usual belly rub on the leaves & Bezukhov did his little dance. It was all over pretty quickly, but at least they showed willing & it certainly did set off a major preening session.
So as not to leave them out, I also gave Phineas & Thomas the chance of a misting when they were let out. Though Thomas was not adverse to getting wet, he was more interested in eating the celery than refreshing his feathers.
Phineas got quite excited & pranced about in the leaves. Unlike the others, he gets distracted very easily so he was back & forth to the celery leaves for quite some time. Guess who was the mug hanging around with the spray bottle, waiting for him to have enough?
Despite his rather “flighty” method of being misted, Phineas still seems to get wetter than the rest.
Although I have been reporting on lots of bathing activities, during the hottest part of our mini UK heatwave, The Thomas Bath has not been touched. I suspected that bathing would be too much of an effort. To encourage them & hopefully help to cool them down a little, I thought we would combine a bath with a misting.
I decided to spray water across the corner of the ferplast, over the bath. Phineas is familiar with mistings so knew what was coming when I emerged with the yellow spray bottle. I started spraying over the bath & he quickly cottoned onto what was happening & went straight for the bath. What was funny though, was that he kept coming out the bath to peck at my fingers on the spray bottle as if to say, “Don’t stop, but hang on until I get back in the bath“, as then he would run back across the top of the cage to the bath. He did this many times. His behaviour really made me chuckle!
Eventually, I put down the spray bottle & filmed this comical & demanding little grey man:
As an aside, during mistings, my puddings used to approach the spray bottle – Atilla more so than Raspy. In fact, Atilla used to want to peer down the nozzle! I had to keep my eye on her as I do not think she would have forgiven me had I sprayed a jet of water into her eyes. The toyboys have always steered clear, although when out of my hands, the spray bottle did hold some fascination.
Just so you know I have not been neglecting the toyboys in quarantinemy bedroom, they have been getting mistings too. Because of the heat, once again, I think they felt it was all too much bother. However, on one occasion they did both get a little wet & here is a half decent photo I got of Cagney: