Ughh, I'm so frustrated. You may remember me asking for help before with my two boys. Let me just say that 99% of the time, they're as happy as can be (sleeping together, grooming each other, running on the wheel together) but when they fight, they FIGHT. It used to be that everytime I cleaned the cage, they would fight (usually not resulting in injuries). I got some great suggestions on here on how to reduce this (like mix in some old shavings with their new stuff and also mix in some sand that they've both bathed in). For awhile, this worked like a charm. Lately it seems like they've figured out the trick. But still, it's usually just little boxing matches that resolve on their own (they've had two or three fights that ended with temporary seperation).
Today I cleaned their cage. I mixed in used shavings as well as used dust bath. I put them back in and they were okay for a minute but then they fought like I've never seen them fight before. They skipped the whole boxing part and just full-on attacked each other (picture a tornado of degus). I decided I had to seperate them before they really got hurt. I got them into seperate cages and I noticed that one of them has a torn ear
He also has a bloody spot behind his ear but I haven't been able to check it out too well. Even though they only fought for 20-30 seconds, they're both exhausted (I've seen them like this before after longer fights). The injured one doesn't seem too hurt, just tired. I'm going to give them some quiet time before trying to put them back together. I always get so sad after fights like this because I just don't know why they do this to each other
They're brothers, raised from birth. I just get frustrated when they're loving and cuddly with each other one minute and then tearing each other apart the next.
I'm not sure what the purpose of this thread is for. I guess mostly to vent. If anyone has any suggestions on how to prevent these fights, I'm all ears. Like I said, 99% of the time there's no problem at all. But I just hate when they get like this. I have a huge test tomorrow and I don't want to leave them to study in case one really IS hurt. *sigh*