Hi guys. I'm not sure if anyone remembers me, because I haven't been here for a few years. But I am counting on you guys to help me with my bird.
Okay, starting with background information.
Pete, when we got him, looked like an average little guy. He was cute, and adorable, but we found out real quick he hated to be held or cuddled. It was okay with us, though we were disappointed. After a couple weeks, we noticed that when Pete got too excited, or when he'd get too hot, he'd wheeze. Like horrible coughing. It scared the heck out of us and we didn't know what to do, except coo and say 'shh'. So this went on for a few years and it happened the most like two years ago, and started to slowly even out.
Now, we didn't realize this until later, that Pete completely stopped wheezing. I'm positive I haven't woken up in the middle of the night from it, or come home from school and heard that dreadful noise, in months. Months. But as I said, I didn't notice before because I've been busy with school and work over the past year and a half.
Okay, now here's the dilemma. Pete has gone through an entire personality change. He's completely different now! He is always fluffy, always got his feathers fluffed up and adorable now, no matter what he's doing. Fighting, eating, sleeping, running, flying. He's fluffy. He's an english budgie so you can just imagine how fat and cute he looks. But see, he lets us hold him now. Like I can go up to him and he'll hop right onto my hand and let me scratch his head. And he'll make the cutest little purring noises and he falls asleep and God it's the cutest thing!
But I am so scared that Pete is sick, and this is a side effect and that he's gonna... ugh I can't think about it. I'm really worried about him. It happened overnight, this personality change. And I don't think it's a good thing. Though this is a side of Pete that I will definitely miss.
So please please please tell me what might be wrong with him. I don't know what I'm gonna do. And please give me long replies!! I think I might lose my mind if the only things I hear are "Take him to the vet" because right now that's not an option.
Thank you guys!