Post by smilinmama on May 10, 2019 19:55:22 GMT -7
Greetings! I’m caring for a 16 year old grey while her owner is between homes. I expect her to be here for some time, so she will need to settle in well. Pearl and I have known one another since she was 5, but I am not her one beloved person. She has been here almost a week during which I have established a morning routine of talking with her while I freshen her water and food. I have given her the opportunity to step up, but have left her alone when she tries to bite. I think she is protecting her cage, but I don’t think I can let her continue to refuse to step up, especially by biting. Any suggestions on this matter and anything related to helping her adapt to our home are most welcome.
It is very common with Greys to only step up for their favourite person. Even though she knows you it will take time for her to settle into her new surroundings, they can be territorial about their cage. Spend time talking to her and being near her and you could also see if she will take foot toys from you - they often enjoy things such as cat balls which they can throw for you to retrieve. This can help build the relationship.
Somewhere in another universe, dear brother, you got saved.
Thanks. Her owner advised just gently removing her bodily from her cage, which I did, but I can tell she took it as an insult rather than an expression of dominance. Since then I have continued conversation while I feed and water in the morning, and I sit close to her cage with the door open while I put on my shoes. On my days off I get up early and let her out of her cage for a few hours. It will be lovely when she can fully integrate and be outside her cage more often and allow me to care for her more thoroughly. I am persisting with patience.