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Last Post 04-03-2013 2:22 AM by  Dave V
CAGs and Toys Advice
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15-01-2013 7:43 AM

    Hi all,

     

    Just after some advice. We have had our CAG for 16 years, since he was 12 weeks old. 

     

    He used to play with toys, however overtime he stopped playing with toys, and all he likes is cardboard and paper to chew on and throw out of his cage or from the top of his cage. He likes playing throw and pass with paper from the top of his cage when he is out of it - which is daily for at least 4-6 hours. 

     

    We have always put toys in his cage but he doesn't go near them. At the moment he has a swing, a mirror with a bell, wooden blocks on rope, rope and different perches. However, he is not at all interested in them.

     

    We have showed him how to play with them, and how to ring his bell, but he just watches and does nothing.

     

    Any tips and/or advice, or is it best just to provide him with cardboard, paper and magazines?

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    15-01-2013 10:10 AM
    Rip up newspaper into strips, double them over, secure with string/elastic band, and attach to inside of cage. Thread egg carton cups (where the eggs sit) tightly onto a wire coathanger bent into a circle, attach to inside of cage. an old Argos or Tesco catalogue put half into the roof of the cage, half on the outside, all these are favourites of our paper-lovers here. If he doesn't like to chew wood, it saves you money. Preening toys can be bought, that attach each end to the cage like a very short rope perch, that's another fav. An old wine box (used to contain bottles of wine from Tesco) is loved, here, too, either on the floor of the cage, or on top. All makes a huge mess, but it's clean mess. Have you tried foot toys - something he can pick up and examine? Keep trying, there'll be something.
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    24-02-2013 3:48 AM
    Till roll works for me, I put it inside the paper shredder toy , OK doesn't fit properly but works equally as well as the ones sold for that particular toy and far cheaper .
    I also take a handful of those wood coffee stirers from coffee shops mine love to throw those about along with straws .... free too "
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    27-02-2013 1:01 PM
    Doddie and themadhouse,

    So sorry for my late reply. Yes, he loves catalogues and paper, as well as toilet roll rolls and cardboard, and we give him plenty. He has two additional bowls which is full of goodies like that. He also plays with coco rope balls. And occasionally he will play with his mirror/bell.

    However, he has a till roll toy which we bought from Scarlett's, but he just isn't interest in it. Think he's a bit of scaredy cat lol

    As for any contraption which we hang in the cage, such as paper on a rope - he has no interest in. He's a fussy one

    will try the egg box tip however.
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    03-03-2013 2:47 PM
    Shouldn't worry too much, our CAG Danny likes nothing but cardboard and paper, give him anything else and you get that look that Africans give you that make you feel about 2 inches tall! he is 28 years old, previously I had TAG, completely different from Danny, similar age, played with a lot of different things but still preferred cardboard and boxes - must be an African thing.
    Sometimes....priorities have to be reviewed!
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    03-03-2013 4:25 PM
    Our 2 boys live to shred cardboard and paper too. The only other things that Charlie will play with are coir rope and willow balls (but not sticks.) Joey will spend hours playing with a cherry stone, whilst Charlie eats the cherry!

    CAGs are a very fussy species but I do love them
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    04-03-2013 2:22 AM
    I think you are worrying unnecessarily! A lot of the best toys are home made and he is playing with "home made" toys. While he is playing, don't worry. His toys aren't costing you a lot which is a big bonus!

    One thing you might try though is a Babble Ball (available from Scarletts). This will make a noise or talk to him every time he even just touches it or brushes past it. It is not a chewing toy but it might get him interested.
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