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My little Ariadne was spayed while ago and is almost 7 months old, and in the last two weeks has started to get slightly aggressive and territorial. She has a spot in her cage that she sits, and if I need to get something from around that area she lunges and grunts. She also grunts at me when I attempt to pet her and if she knows I have a treat to give her and will lunge towards me to get the treat (she doesn't get it when she does that). She is also becoming more of a problem when it comes to feeding Theodore who is housed with her and she will grunt at him too. They're fed in different spots and she gets more food than he does, but she insists on trying to eat his food. Finally, she just has a grouchy look in her eye that's hard to explain...like when a human kind of closes their eyelids a bit to show they're mad?
Would illness cause something like this? She's been battling some kind of infection in her nose that comes and goes even though she's been treated with Baytril. I plan on getting a culture and sensitivity done once she has another bout of white snot. Is there anything else that could be causing this?
I have not done a tummy rub before, what should I be looking for and how do I do it? It very well could be stomach upset as she enjoys eating nonedible parts of her cage like mats (the rubber backs and strands sometimes), linoleum (when an edge becomes uncovered occassionally), and who knows what else she tries to chew in there. She loves chewing wood though so that too. The thing that stumps me though is that she loves to eat still and is still pooping normally.
She's also in the middle of a big molt, does that cause behavior changes at all?
The reason I'm worried is that she nipped my hand for the first time since I've had her and I've had her since she was born. I'm not sure if she's just all of a sudden getting territorial despite being spayed or if there's another underlying problem. The vet has told me not to worry until she shows any clear symptoms of progressing illness since the next steps are going to be a bit spendy and she doesn't want to waste my time or money.
Posted By LBJ10 on 09/06/2012 06:46 AM
You said she was spayed awhile ago. How long ago was it?
Hmm, it's almost been a month and a half? She was spayed at 5 months of age and she'll be 7 months in a couple weeks.