Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
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Sorry for the wall of text that's about to happen.
You might remember Kuzco and I flying across Canada for work (sorry for the hiatus, SO MUCH WORK). The whole trip went really well. He was super well-behaved and slept like a champion the whole fifteen hours of flights home. We got back over a week ago and since then, I've noticed some worrying behaviour. He seems to be having some major separation anxiety concerning me. It's bad enough that even if he's in his cage in the same room as me, he will pace, cry, chew the bars, etc. The only time I can get him to relax is if I take him out and let him sit on me. He'll snuggle up under my chin and go to sleep whispering to me. The last two days, he's started showing an alarming behaviour, chewing and ripping the cotton rope that has been his comfort toy his whole life. He normally sleeps on it and it's his go-to place when he's stressed, but now he's chewing it up and ripping the threads out in a way that mimics birds who pluck themselves. It's really worrying me. His trigger for this seems to be whenever he thinks I'm leaving him, or if I talk to him while he's in his cage.
Does anyone know what might be causing this? He was really good while we were away, in fact, I think he enjoyed it. He showed no anxiety until a few days after we got back. We're currently staying at my mom's, but it's a familiar place for him and a cage he's used to. He's not getting as much out of cage time as he would at home because she doesn't like him and also has cats, but he's still getting at least two hours a day out with me playing, snuggling, and flying around. When we were away, he got about an hour a day out of cage, which isn't enough, but my work got really intense for a few weeks. The last week I was there, I worked 80 hours and basically only saw him in the morning and at night, so I'd get up early to give him some attention. Could that be causing some of this anxiety? What can I do to help him out? Are there warning signs before birds start plucking? I think that's my biggest fear. I'm so sad for him, he had such a good trip and now seems so unhappy.