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Forum BONDING Frequent fighting during breakfast in bonded pair

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    • Beatrices mum
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      I have 2 Holland lops, a 2 year old female (Beatrice) and a 1 year old male (Bernard). The got them both spayed/neutered back in January and they have been successfully bonded since around march, we’ve never had any issues of fighting. Recently this past week everytime I’m preparing they breakfast they’ve started going at each other, this morning I had to break them up 3 times before I could successfully separate them. I’ve noticed a lot of fur going flying but no bite marks that I could find, does anyone have any ideas on why they could be fighting all of a sudden? And what I can do to help them get back on good terms. For context they typically are super happy while I prepare their breakfast, binkying around and jumping over one another but it’s gotten violent recently. We live in a one bedroom apartment and they are both free roam so they have plenty of space.


    • DanaNM
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      Hmmmm…. have there been any changes in your home? New pets, housemates, furniture? Sometimes a medical issue in one bun can also cause issues, are they both doing ok?

      I’ve been dealing with some pre-food aggression in one of my pairs but it doesn’t escalate to fur pulling… it’s just a lot of running around. The sudden change in yours is definitely a cause for concern. Could you maybe do some bonding sessions with them in neutral space and see if that helps?

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    • Beatrices mum
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      The only change would be my new job so I’m out of the house more than I used to be there usually alone for 8-10 hours of the day depending on what shifts I’m working. I haven’t noticed any changes in behaviour in either medical wise, both are pooping and eating/drinking normally. I think I will book a vet appointment to rule out any illness, just in case. The last time this happened after they ate their breakfast they were fine back to grooming each other and eating their hay together. I will try the neutral space idea and see if that helps, thank you!

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    • DanaNM
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      Keep us posted!

       

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