Taming and BondingTaming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to TRUST you. This requires time and patience and does not happen overnight. Thread Description:On-Going updates on Lapis and Progress
So last I updated you Lapis was settling in to her cage very well. Having a week vacation of sitting around most days helped me learn a lot about her.
Lapis LOVES "Grey's Anatomy" she will be dead quiet and within 2 minutes of the show she chirps and sings for 20.
She is not afraid of the cat and likes to pull his hair when he sleeps next to the cage. And Lapis has this new thing while she sings where she will rub her forehead and face on her perch. (Is that one a concern?)
Attached picture is Lapis on her favorite perch. I've covered the top of her cage to make sure she still gets adequate air flow and light while also providing a dark place for her.
I've learned she is much calmer when people are near her cage if she has a dark area as well as not to mess with her natural sleep cycle since I am a night owl.
Since her cage is on the end table next to the couch I frequent she can still see me clearly, even with the cover.
I'm glad she's settling in well. However, the cat should NEVER be in the same room as her unsupervised as cats are naturally prey animals and despite you knowing your cat's temperament that could change in an instant. Cat saliva is toxic to budgies and as cats lick themselves to bathe the bacteria present in their mouths is also present on their fur.
Please, please do not let Lapis come into contact with your kitty again!