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    They look fine from the photos, maybe a good idea to now keep them together as separating is sometimes a backward step. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonibun View Post
    They look fine from the photos, maybe a good idea to now keep them together as separating is sometimes a backward step. Good luck.
    Just tried another bonding session this time putting a towel down on the floor so it wasnít slippy.

    At first Rolo was very passive and just sat there, Nala was trying to groom him and kept putting her head under his body in an attempt to be groomed back, he ignored this though.

    After a while Rolo livened up and kept trying to hump her from the front, when he did this we separated them. Eventually he was humping from the back, she was getting quite resistant and they just ended up spinning in circles like a dog chasing its tail as he kept trying to mount. There were a few chunks of fur everywhere as well. They showed no signs of calming down and could hear a few groaning noises so have separated them again.

    Is that behaviour normal and we should of just leave them to it or was I right to separate.

    Part of me just wants to leave them to get on with it but itís scary seeing little Nala being chased about and donít want her to attack him or herself get harmed!


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    Hi. I'm no expert but like others have said is it possible when you separate them to put them somewhere together? I made the mistake of separating mine and only made progress when I kept them 24 hours in sight/smell of each other swapping areas/trays etc. I would leave them to get on with it as much as possible humping/ chasing but if you are worried it is escalating do something to distract them- throw a towel in, clap your hands, use a gloved hand to persuade them apart without actually removing one?
    It sounds positive so far as there is no outright agression. Good luck!

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    I would be a little bit worried as Nala is only just post spay so you don't want any fights to break out. Chasing, mounting, fur pulling is normal for some bonds. I have usually used a big space so the female can run away. Don't expect grooming at this stage.

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    So an update.

    We were bonding in a small space on our kitchen floor which is quite slippy for them and that was going really well. They would eat together, sit together and groom each other. We left them in there for an hour last night and they were perfect.

    We let them live separated side by side after that bonding session and heard nothing untoward.

    Tonight we put them in a small area in our bedroom which is a neutral area for them and is carpeted. Almost straight away they were circling and fur flying everywhere, had to break them up constantly. Eventually they seemed to settle down and were just ignoring each other both flopped down, going well we thought. Eventually though they started getting active again and the circling ensued. It seems to be whenever Rolo approaches her rear that sets Nala off and the circling/fighting starts. Have stopped Again for tonight and they are back together close but separated.

    Will this circling eventually calm down? I know they can get along as Iíve seen it when they were on the slippy floor, I just want that to transfer to when there on the carpet!




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    Hi there. May be you could keep them in the kitchen only and increase the time they are in there rather than trying different spaces before they are bonded? Building on an experience there which sounds really positive. You could try putting a floor covering down (?old rug? towel) after a while if you are worried about the slippy floor.
    So much of bonding is trial and error- my brain was battered by the end trying to think around what the best thing to do was!


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