Since they have been having disagreements I had Elliot and Benson in a playpen for 5 hours to try and work things out and kind of rebond. They had the normal dominance behaviors and then settled down for a few hours so I put them back in the cage with Spencer. Everything was fine for a few hours and then Benson flipped Elliot over bit him and then bit Spencer. I think Spencer my have been an innocent bystander. I have Benson separated currently in the loft until I can figure out what to do. I can expand the loft to a 2x3 and rotate Elliott and Benny out of there and with Spencer since he is bonded to both. I could also split the cage down the middle to two 2x3s, but I don't think that is big enough for 2 males. My mom suggested I take Benson to the vet to make sure nothing medical is going on. Should I?
Is all hope lost? Is there any way I can save this bond? There was no bloodshed, but it is breaking my heart to see them act this way. I know Elliot is now in the peak of puberty but I'm hoping we can get past thiis.
Forgot to add...my mom said no more piggies so there goes that idea. I moved home to help take care of her and it's her house...so I respect what she asks.
- And got the T-shirt
I'd recommend separating them into one pair and a singleton, and if you don't want one to live by himself, you could rehome him.
Since I am working from home. I currently have them on the floor with a divider. Benson will go to the divider today calmly but Elliot will rumblestrut then popcorn...instigating.
I spoke to their vet, who said give them a bit to cool off and to keep an eye on Benson to make sure nothing medical is going on. She said if he's still being aggressive, she see him on Wednesday to check him over.
I hate puberty lol. Elliot keeps looking over at them like he wants to be with them. Breaks my heart.
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I only have them on my floor in the playpen now because I am working from home, but as of tomorrow...we go back into the office for work.