Sows can be real bitches, but keep trying different things until you find something that works. How about holding both on your lap?
The above link is the story about my introductions of 4 females. It did take some time for them to get along, but eventually they settled in. Once you get to the link, scroll to the top to start at the beginning.
cali really has very sensitive skin...she's been through treatment for mites, fungus, all that stuff and she still just has sensitive skin and every time oreo goes to nip at her fur, cali jumps because it probably doesn't feel good.
i'm thinking about putting them into the big cage together and seeing what happens...while i keep an eye on them. is that a good idea?
Cage-based introductions are hard. A cage is:
- someone's established territory,
- full of scents.
Mounting is perfectly okay. Nipping is to be expected and will decrease. Blood, however, is bad.
Did you also try the forced side-by-side socialization described in the link I posted above? Anecdotally speaking, it helped me introduce two strangers to a stubborn alpha.
Ok, I had alot of trouble introducing Roxie and PIggie. They were always lunging on eac other and biting and so forth. Introduction did succeed eventually. I found this article very helpful:
Theres part of it telling you what is ok fighting and what is not.
Its really scary to watch them go at it but if you look closely, when they lung at each other, they jump apart within 3 seconds. THat pretty much told me that they dont have an intention to hurt each other, just trying to scare the opponent. To be honest, this whole process took a long time. It was about 5 hrs before they stop lunging at each other.
So pick an afternoon where you can give alot of time to supervise them. After 5 hrs, I did put them in a big cage. They still chattered and so forth but it pretty much died down by night time. The two original ones juts pretty much ignored Roxie, the new one.
they will of course have their diva days but it usually just a chatter and rumblestrut but nothing else.
They DO pee sometimes so you may not want them on the carpet of the living room. I used the biggest bathroom in the house. They have a place to run away to if they wanted to.
Sorry, I took a closer read at your postings. I know I didnt do the most proper intro but when they stopped lunging and nibbling, I did put them into their cage (clean bedding, food dish, etc). They did chase each other and mount each other a little. It eventually died down.
i have had them on the floor before (they both pee in the same area i have set up for them) and it just gave cali more a chance to run away and oreo would get pissed and eventually lunge at her because she wouldn't sit still for oreo to sniff her.