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!
The chewy toy is still the favoured toy to sleep behind.
When Cagney hurt his leg before Christmas I removed the round swing from the Manor loft area to encourage him to rest his foot more. In its place I put a short but wide perch. I left the older, more threadbare chewy toy in its original place but moved the newer one across to the new perch.
When it came to bedtime & Cagney & Bezukhov made their way to the loft area to sleep, they each positioned themselves directly behind a chewy toy, as can be evidenced in these photos:
The chewy toy is also an ideal place to hide behind:
Strangely, they do not appear to be chewing either of the chewy toys much. Perhaps they understand that once chewed the toys will be gone forever? (They do not know that I have spare one!) Or perhaps they realise that the more they chew the less effective the toy is as a hiding place?
About 6 months ago, I picked up a baby toy in a charity shop & thought it would be good for the toyboys to play with. It is one of those toys with squiggly wires & wooden blocks you can move along. I gave it a good clean & left it out for them to play with.
It has been on the window ledge for some time & although they might have landed on it, it was only by accident (Raspy landed on it once & that was not planned either).
They were not scared of it…. but were not interested in it either…. Until a few days ago when I spotted the toyboys checking it out! I managed to quickly take some photos as evidence!
So now I can rest easy, knowing that I have not wasted that fifty pence.