Part of the Pack
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Spokane, Washington
About a week ago I intriduced two of my chins who seemed to be very find of one another. They have become quickly attatched to one another, never any dissagreement since I paired them. I did set their cages together about a week prior to the introduction to test the interactions. I also spent their first night together with them just in case it was all going much better than I expected and it continues. These two are female and male standards the male being a few years older.
She was mounted within a few hours of their moving in with one another, she seemed fine with it. I often see her being mounted since then. I've never seen chins mating. I am not sure if this is dominance mounting or mating mounting. How long does a typical mating mounting last?
Tonight she is on a driven mission and it must be a secret mission as she isn't telling me what this is all about. I tried to find some information on pregnant chin behaviour but didn't come up with what I was going after, she might not be pregnant either but here is what she is doing.
She lives in a big Cal-cage, the kind you house big parrots in. I am thinking to move her if and when I figure out if she is pregnant or not so she doesn't hurt herself but I digress. This cage is equipped with several ledges and branches for climbing and jumping all around. Tonight she is driven to run her mouth up and down all the bars in the cage as if to either be chewing on them, although she has a half dozen better choices to chew accessible to her. I put hay in their cage, she immedietly decided it didn't belong where I set it (where I always set it) and was "moving" the pile best she could and what finally set me off to see if I could get more information is she will not allow her pellet crock to remain upright. I swear she is obbssed tonight. It almost seemed angry when she was going at the hay, watching her picking up the hay and almost throwing it? I think if she could throw , we'd have hay across the room from her cage.
She is in a fine enough mood, I held her, petted her, she sat with me for awhile, but once back in the cage, she was back on her mission. The male seems to just be kicked back watching all this, he is normally more vocal when he is up but I imagine she told him to keep his big mouth shut and sit there. I dunno, I guess I'll be more concerned if it lasts through tonight but I've never seen any of my chins act this way. She (Mary Beth) is so laid back, so sweet and cuddly to see her behaviour so drastically different is unsettling. That's it she needs a sedative, some chinnie valium tonight.
I talked with the cats to see if they had harrassed her somehow today but I imagine they have been sleeping on the couch and in the window for hours now. Of course they claim they know nothing but suggest that perhaps I leave her cage door open tonight and they'll "talk" with her later. Oh they can be so evil sometimes. lol
but seriously, has anyone seen drastic personality changes occur overnight in a chin like these? could it be a pregnant chin thing? should I get her a pickle and some ice cream?
My wonderful loves:
Emma, Xavier, SweetPea, Mr. Pickles, Mary Beth, Sheldon,Zena,Cadbury,Kapuah,Walter,Lou,Chip, Dilbert, Cartman, Gessepi,Miranda, Henry & Riker (my chins)/ Bunny, Little Cat,Clarissa (cats) , Lucy & Grace (Dappled Doxies) Simon (GSD puppy), Cookie (Australian Shepherd puppy), Captain Jack (cockatiel)