Settling questions

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Settling questions

Post by Schmumly » Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:29 pm

Hiya,
Hoping I can pick your brains. I just adopted a pair of gorgeous boys, Waldorf and Statler. Staler is the younger and hid for the first five days, while Waldorf was quite sociable from the getgo. He was very keen to take treats and come out to explore. On Saturday morning he even jumped on my knee for a few seconds before hopping off again. Since Statler, my shy guy, has started coming out and taking treats though, he’s stayed in his hammock and doesn’t want to come out to play. I don’t think he’s frightened because he is poking his head out to survey what is going on below, but I can’t seem to coax him out. He’ll take treats (if they’re of high enough quality - boiled eggs are a big yes), but won’t come out. Is this usual for the dominant partner to take a back seat while the other socialises?

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Re: Settling questions

Post by [cub] » Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:28 pm

It sounds like Staler is just shyer. What you can do to encourage him to be a bit bolder is to remove any hiding places from the cage, and make sure the cage is somewhere central where you're frequently around. That should get him over his nerves faster.
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Re: Settling questions

Post by cyber ratty » Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:04 am

If I understand correctly, it's now Waldorf who is hiding away? It could be that he is feeling the need to protect the home while Statler is out. I would remove them both from the cage (wear two layers of loose clothing and slip them inbetween), and go into a different room, so you become their safe base, and there's no temptation to return to the cage.

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