So, I've had Mr P now for almost 4 months. We have certainly been thru our ups and downs. I thought we were over most of the issues. Apparently I am wrong.
Here is what is happening, brand new, starting today.
I have always required that Mr P step up onto my hand to come out of his cage. I never force him to come out, but I feel as though he needed to rely on me to transport him from his cage to his playstand, due to some of the bad habits (like monsterous cage aggression) that he had when I adopted him.
After some pretty bad bites the first few weeks, we settled into a nice routine. When Mr P is on his lower front perch, that is the signal that he wants to come out. I open the door to his cage, tell him to step up and he comes right out. Sometimes if he can't decide what he wants to do, I just rest my hand against the bottom perch, at a non threatening distance. 99% percent of the time, after thinking about it for a few seconds, he comes over and steps up. He comes out, we are good. We have done this every morning for the last 4 months. Mr P knows that sitting on the front bottom perch means he wants to come out. I do not bother him when he is on his food dishes or on the back perch. That is his signal to me that he wants to be left alone. He has gotten so used to stepping up to come out that I can even open the cage door and he normally will sit there and wait for me, not even trying to climb out on his own.
Until today. This morning, I opened the cage door as usual and rested my hand on his perch. I asked him to step up, etc, same as every other morning. He put his head down in what I call "bull charge mode", and obvious sign he was in a mood. I rested my hand on his perch for a few seconds, he never came over to me to step up so I closed the cage door and went about my business. I made breakfast and he started hollering YUMMY YUMMY and ran down to the bottom perch. I opened the door, asked him to step up and he backed away. I closed the cage door and walked away. Next attempt, awhile later, I open the cage door, put my hand in, he steps ONE foot on my hand, removes it and backs away. Cage door gets closed, I walk away.
Now it's lunchtime and MR P has sat in his cage all morning. I make lunch and he is back to hollering YUMMY YUMMY. Here we go again. I open the cage door, rest my hand on his perch and wait for him to step up. Instead, he tries to climb up the side of the cage and slide out towards the top of the door, bypassing my hand. I close the cage door and walk away. A few mins later, we try it again, and he tries ONCE AGAIN to come out, bypassing my hand.
So, cage door is closed and Mr P is in his cage and has been all day. I know a lot of you all just open the cage and let them come and go as they want, but I do not do, never have and don't want to start!..
So, I have to wonder, what is his problem? Why would he all of a sudden get the idea that he can come out without stepping up? all I can think of is that he is testing me? But why would this even occur to him, I have never done this. I'm the only one who lives with him so no one else has just opened the door and let him out.
It just confuses me as we have had a super week, with him being really cuddly and affectionate. I've gotten cuddles and purrs and he has even been climbing on my chest and tucking his head under my chin (without biting). I just dont get it?