Gerbils Suddenly Fighting? Sept 19, 2011 3:46:40 GMT -8
Post by Rin on Sept 19, 2011 3:46:40 GMT -8
I'd like some input on this one, because I'm fairly worried. I adopted two female gerbils each from different pet stores and and introduced them using the split cage method. They are the same age, and at the time they were not yet sexually mature. After a few weeks of the split cage method, I put them together, and there were no problems. Tilla (the black and white) liked to cuddle more than Rosebud (the tan) and felt the need to check over Rose whenever I would put her back in the cage. Rosebud, the dominant one, would hog the running wheel. But they would sleep together and groom each other and I never caught them fighting, or found any injuries or marks on them. I would commonly hear faint squeaking when they were both curled up together in the house.
It's been four months since I first got them. I came back to my room at midnight, having left them alone for hours, and I found them both bloody. Rosebud was curled up in the house, Tilla was drinking. They both have bites on their left shoulders and chins. I immediately separated them and examined their injuries, which don't look too bad, I think they'll both totally recover.
What are the chances I'll be able to put them together again? I didn't see the fight so I don't know how bad it was, and there's no blood on any of the bedding. It's been about eight hours since I found them, and Rosebud has been up and about with a slight limp, but Tilla still looks pretty ragged. Her left ear is bleeding now too.
Nothing changed recently; I moved out to college three weeks ago, so if there'd been a problem with the car ride or room change I figured it would have happened closer to the move. It's taken me a little longer than usual to clean the cage because I've been so busy, so maybe that was it? Otherwise the only other thing I can think of is that they're both now sexually mature and competing for space.