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Introductions Introducing the Boys - Didn't Work Out

missbounce

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Well, Matt and I are really disappointed, but it doesn't look as though we're going to be able to introduce Oscar to Snoop and Patrick's cage. We've been having intros every day for the last 5 days and things have been escalating slightly on each meeting. In the end, it was Patrick who finally lost his rag with Oscar and they ended up having a full-on fight last night, which resulted in poor Oscar getting a nasty bite to his right eye-lid. There was quite a bit of blood, but after a swift trip to the vet and a prescription for some anti-biotic eye-drops, he is on the mend again and seems to be healing up nicely. But sadly, it doesn't look like his and Patrick are going to be acting like long-lost lovers any time soon. This weekend we will be renovating the C&C cage so that they boys can live next door to each other, but not be in a position to cause any harm.
 
You are supposed to do introductions once, and leave them unless there is bloodshed, or one piggie is blocking another from food or water. By introducing them over and over, you stressed them out, and the whole "who is superior" thing starts from the beginning again. I think you should separate them, in different rooms if possible, for about a week, then try again. Read here:Guinea Pigs Social Life
 
You are supposed to do introductions once, and leave them unless there is bloodshed, or one piggie is blocking another from food or water. By introducing them over and over, you stressed them out, and the whole "who is superior" thing starts from the beginning again. I think you should separate them, in different rooms if possible, for about a week, then try again. Read here:Guinea Pigs Social Life
 
We have been doing exactly what we were supposed to do - have had experience in bonding several pairs of males in the past, so this is not something we're unfamiliar with. The boys have been put in a neutral area together EVERY evening and only put them back in their respective cages when it was time to go to bed, or food/water was unavailabe (exactly what you said above). Tensions have escalated steadily during the week, but last night was when blood was drawn, so they were removed straight away.
 
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