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Re: A different bug problem ?

Posted by Karen on November 12, 2011 at 17:03:19:

In Reply to: Re: A different bug problem ? posted by Terri on November 11, 2011 at 15:41:13:

That's normal, you're his flock. It's natural for him to feel safer when his flock is around and for him to call for you to be sure you are still there. If it is suddenly worse now, it could be that there's something new in the room (or that he can see out the window) that is scaring him. Look around, see if there is anything in particular that seems to be bothering him. If possible, move his cage a bit or cover a corner of his cage with a towel or place something non-scary, like a houseplant, between him and what is scaring him.

Also, while it's fine to comfort him a little when he's truly scared, you don't want him to learn to scream to get attention. If he learns that screaming gets you to come and pick him up, he will scream more. If he looks like he's likely to scream, pick him up and give him a little attention before he does scream. If he's already screaming and he seems to be ok (just screaming for attention) then try to ignore it until he stops screaming, even if it's just for a few seconds. Gradually wait until he's quiet for a longer time before you give him attention. BUT he should still be allowed some way to request attention. Fuss over him a little when he does something more acceptable than screaming, like talking or doing a trick or throwing a toy around.


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