It's funny how living with Sammy for 14 years has allowed for a sort of "understanding" between the two of us. Every spring, I endure his antics and attitude as he gets "overstimulated." He doesn't act aggressively towards me (though if I didn't live alone, I don't think others would be safe....haha!), but it's sort of like when a child gets overstimulated -- some things just become too attractive, and there's no "reasoning" with him. With Sammy, it's all about flying around the apartment, seeking dark places in closets or cabinets, and shredding things. I keep chasing after him, sending him back to his cage, and after a while, he'll throw a tantrum of screaming. I try to distract his attention with novel toys or treats that require he "work for his food" but his attention span is so short.
Well, in the last couple of years, it's almost as though (at the risk of anthropomorphizing) he KNOWS he's being ridiculous and overstimulated, and after battling with him a few times, he'll go into his cage on his own. Then he'll climb to his "sleeping perch" and whine or half-yell until I come by and say "OK, Sammy go sleep now?" and cover him. He'll take a little nap, and then whine to be uncovered in about an hour or so. Then he'll be fine for the rest of the day.
It's hard being a pet owner NOT to anthropomorphize, but it's as though he seems to get uncomfortable from the overstimulation and is demanding I give him a quiet "time out" to calm down. If I don't submit to his request for "quiet time", he'll keep whining and half-yelling, building into a crescendo. But as soon as he's covered, he settles down.
Thankfully, by May this behavior is usually gone.......