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Old 09-07-2018, 05:32 AM
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Hello everyone!

About a week ago I have moved to a new place. Jimmy and Kimmy seem to handle it all really well in general, especially Kimmy. She acts like nothing ever happened and just lives her normal daily life. Jimmy however is having really nervous moments for the past 2 days..

I haven't been able to find a trigger, but it reminds me a lot of when we had just adopted him, and he would be very upset/nervous if we would go out (of sight). I think he has some kind of separation anxiety. My new place is bigger and I have 2 rooms now, which are on different levels. They are openly connected with stairs (so no doors) but you can't see in the other room because the stairs make an L-shaped turn.

During the day it is mostly fine. They are still getting used to the new sounds and view, but mostly play and chirp. It is around 7-8 pm when the problems seem to begin. I always cover them up at 9pm, and I think that Jimmy gets nervous knowing that it is bedtime soon and I will be gone to the other room. He starts pacing, screeching, breathing fast and just begging me to be near. It just breaks my heart. Kimmy is completely unbothered and is just chilling on her swing, playing with a toy or whatever business she has before bedtime. Seeing this makes me fairly sure that it is a problem in Jimmy's head and not something out the window or a sound that scares him.

I don't really know how I should deal with this. Right now I go over whenever he is like that, offer him to come out and stay close (he usually does) and when he is a bit more calm I put him back and talk to him from my desk until it is bedtime. When they are covered I stay around until they are asleep. I'm worried I might be feeding the behavior, and I don't want a habit to start here, but I feel he needs me like this.

Does anyone have any tips/tricks to help me and Jimmy settle in/down?
Thanks in advance!

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Old 09-07-2018, 10:19 AM
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If you react to Jimmy by bringing him out and comforting him, he knows his specific behavior will get him what he wants.

When it gets close to bedtime, maybe you could play some music for him and talk to him in a calm and reassuring voice as you go about your normal routine.

I think if you give him a few days, he'll become less anxious once he knows you aren't leaving him and he'll see you again the next day.

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Thank you FaeryBee, giving me clarity like always.

It is currently 20:23 here, and I had been upstairs to build a cupboard since 18:30. All was fine until around 19:00 Jimmy started with his panic. I whistled and said his name, so he knew I was still in reach and it helped a bit. I came downstairs when I needed to be there to make dinner, and I have just been talking to him while continuing my things. He is all calmed down now and I haven't had him out or even been to the cage for him.
I will just keep on doing it like this and the behaviour should gradually go away, thank you very much!
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