Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Manzi being overly zealous in his attacks

I couldn't help cracking up yesterday at Manzi's expense. I was playing the piano and Manzi wanted attention. He flew to the top of the piano (I gave up a couple of months ago and let him stand there watching me). That wasn't enough for the rascal. He saw me move my music and he went for an attack. The stand holding the music up only goes about halfway up though and it was just sheets of paper. Manzi flew straight at the top of the sheet very aggressively. The sheet just flopped back and Manzi crashed right into the wall behind it and fell down behind the piano.

He left a dust mark on the wall and looked up at me from behind the piano like, "Please get me out of here!" I immediately obliged, but I still laughed. He won't be attacking my music any time soon.

Hercules' potty training is going very well. I put him in the bath every other evening and set the timer. It usually takes about 30 minutes, but my floor has been very clean since.

Maui has been obsessed with her old ladder. I figured I could use it to let her climb down the cage to the ground. She spent all of Saturday and Sunday by it, begging for scratches from the ladder, fluffing up threatening it, pushing it around, chewing on the edges. Even now she is standing right next to it. She is still too scared to actually stand on it, but she is really interested in it. I haven't shown her that in two years, so I don't even understand her reaction. At first she seemed clearly afraid of it, but she stayed right next to it. Now I'm not so sure.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Potty Training

Manzi is the only potty trained animal (besides myself) in my house. I have decided to potty train both Maui and Hercules.

Maui has already been getting the idea. I hold her on the couch and scratch her, then every 15 minutes place her on the perch that Manzi flies to in order to "go potty." Maui got the idea and would go potty, then step back up on my hand. Now I just need her to show me that she needs to go, like Manzi does. Manzi will either show me he needs to go, or he will just fly to the perch on his own.

Hercules will take a different method. He only goes potty 3 - 4 times per week. I heard sulcata tortoises can be trained by placing them in a shallow bath of warm water. I do still soak him sometimes in warm water and he does usually go potty at that time. I will put him in the bath every evening when I get home from work. I heard this may take a month or so for him to no longer have accidents. We'll see how it goes.

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