Introductions - Fighting!

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twofinepigs

Post   » Fri Dec 21, 2007 10:51 am


I had a foster pair that fought seriously. A buddy bath really did help. I have to say I think it WAS the trauma, though. It was a gentle, very little water, towel on the bottom of the tub bath, but it was still scary for them, and all they had was each other. It may have helped to make them smell more-or-less the same, but having to hang together was key, too.

I also learned to ignore some heavy squabbling, which my personal pigs had never done, so I hadn't seen it. If they aren't drawing blood or locked in a flying furball, you really do have to be stoic about the fighting while they work it all out.

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ramzo19

Post   » Fri Dec 21, 2007 11:14 am


Yeah I think having a larger introduction area if things don't work out the first time helps too. The couch just didn't give Gruber enough space to run away after she decided to not attack anymore. A 3x3 was wide enough for her to run in circles and evade Cheese for a bit which actually helped me relax and not try to break up a possible fight when she was backed into a corner. Had I not just let the chasing go on, they probably wouldnt' be in the same cage right now!

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ramzo19

Post   » Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:08 pm


Another quick question - if Cheese continues to harass Gruber regularly in the next 24 hours, is it ok to transport them both in a cat carrier for an hour or so in the car?

I'm debating whether I should take them home given their new roomate status but if they are in such tight quarters I don't want something bad breaking out while I'm driving.

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JoePig

Post   » Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:15 pm


You could try it and have a second carrier as a backup.

What are they going to be in at the end of the trip?

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ramzo19

Post   » Sat Dec 22, 2007 1:15 am


The only way I would consider taking them is if I could take down/reassemble my C&C for a week at my parent's place, otherwise its a 35 minute drive each way so I would leave them at mine for a few days at a time. My roomate will be here so he can give them veggies etc while I'm gone. At the end of the day, may be too much to handle, especially so soon after putting them together and still not having them be 100% comfortable with it.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sat Dec 22, 2007 1:45 am


"but if they are in such tight quarters I don't want something bad breaking out while I'm driving."

You are wise to consider this possibility. My girls get along, but they do not like sharing a carrier. I once tried putting them together in a large pet carrier for a vet visit, and they squabbled.

If you want to bring the pigs with you, I know that some GL member build temporary car carriers out of C&C materials, and other use the tall, plastic Rubbermaid bins.

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ramzo19

Post   » Sat Dec 22, 2007 2:02 am


That's a really good idea, maybe I can make a 2x1 with a divider that can strap in some how, that way they are still next to each other but can't get in trouble.

There's no issue if they are separated for 1hr or so right? As in losing some of the progress they've made learning to be roomates so early in the process?

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sat Dec 22, 2007 2:12 am


Use zip ties to make the carrier extra-sturdy for the car ride.

I have not had any problems when my girls rejoin after one goes to the vet. However, I always put them together in their floor area pen first, rather than the cage. I give them a small snack to share.

mags
Glad to Support

Post   » Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:27 am


Sorry, nevermind!
Last edited by mags on Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:31 am, edited 1 time in total.

mags
Glad to Support

Post   » Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:28 am


X 2! :)

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