He Wants to Be Wild Except When He Doesn’t
Lion managed to stay awake watching TV last night. He wanted to watch the new Lion King movie. I’m partial to the original one mostly because of the actors who lent their voices to it. But also the stampede scene was the first time I ever really wanted to buy the video as soon as it came out. For the kids, of course. Yeah. For them.
Last night Lion asked if the cage could go back on so he can finish his Review. My stomach was reacting to the greasy dinner we’d had and the thought of wrestling with the cage was not high on my list of things I wanted to do. Then he said he didn’t just want the cage on. He wants pictures of it going on. Ah. Yeah, last night was not the time to do that. I promised to do it this morning. And this morning he said he was in no hurry to have the cage back on. He likes being wild.
It’s enough to make my head spin. He wants it on. He doesn’t want it on. It helps him. It doesn’t help him. He wants me to decide but he wants it on. But he wants it off. I should decide. But it’s nice to have on. And it’s nice to have off. Around and around we go.
When he got the new cage he put it on himself. Fair enough. He was excited to finally get it. I never said he couldn’t put a cage on himself. I only ever said he couldn’t take it off except under emergency situations. Then he didn’t like having an emergency key. I suppose with a non-metal cage it doesn’t matter so much. He can be extracted much more easily than with a metal cage.
Since he was in the cage, and it seemed to be helping him get to the edge, I decided he should be in the cage. He wrote that he likes the control and he knows if the cage is on he shouldn’t expect sex, but if it’s off he can expect some sort of play. Fair enough. And then the sore spot developed.
I’m positive the sore spot had nothing to do with the construction of the cage. It didn’t rub. I’m sure I pinched Lion when I was putting it on. I saw the mark the next time I took him out. It swelled a little and between the sensitive skin and warm conditions in the cage, it got more irritated. Leaving the cage off seemed the prudent thing to do. Except now he’s back to liking being wild.
I know he’ll be happy if I leave the cage off. I also know he’ll be unhappy if I leave the cage off. See above. Maybe, barring any more sore spots, I should come up with a schedule. Three weeks caged and one week wild. Two weeks on and two weeks off. Lion likes schedules. That might help him. When he’s caged and wishing he was wild, he can count the days till freedom. When he’s wild and wishing he was caged, we can count the days till lockup. I have no idea if this will work. I have no idea what schedule would be best. I’m just looking for ways to keep him happy even if it seems he has no idea what will make him happy.
I live with a silly Lion.