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Old 05-02-2020, 03:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2 sisters litter mates. When to separate?

I have 2 sisters, they are 6 months old. I had 1 male prior. I have been doing research about litter mates, and successfull stories and tragic stories, I also understand it's harder to monitor. I do have a large cage : wabbit deluxe. I do have 2 of everything in the cage ( and an extra cage if need be, and even extra stuff like bowls etc.), and try to keep it a bit seperate. I have the night cam. A a while ago, maybe 2 or 3 months or so I heard a few times a cry/squeal. Always rushed to check and both were fine. Checked the camera on the last 2 or 3 times ( I didn't have it before). And it was always the sister who weighs a bit more sort of being dominant. Not about food, nor did it seem like anything in particular. But they always sleep together. Was told sometimes they have a "spat" but if few and far in between, it's not to worry. However I do see stories that say differently. It basically can take just 1 spat for things to go south. This week. I heard a different kind of noise, sort of like a squeak maybe.. on a few different days. Checked the camera and it resembled a bit the viral shark video that the males were trying to dominate each other, this last one was over the same wheel, it seems. But again they always are together during the day. Should I just separate them? I know a lot of ppl rather be safe than sorry ,and it's "not worth the headache", and they are solitary animals so it isn't like they might be as worried about the possible separation as me. But I also have read about cage mates getting depressed with separation, and how usually litter mates get along.
Please be kind. Looking for answers, support and trying to give them the best life I can.
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Old 05-02-2020, 03:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Given that they seem to be fighting over the wheel, even though there is two, might be worth separating them and just seeing how they go.

Whilst some litter siblings can't be separated because they miss the other, the majority do fine being split up.

Its definitely better be safe than sorry.
You can still have them out together, pet them run in the playpen together where you can watch them the whole time. But obviously if they look like they will fight remove one.

Being solitary animals, its pretty rare that they don't like being split up.
And if they are starting to fight over the use of a wheel where there's 2 there, might be best to just try splitting them.
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Old 05-02-2020, 10:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, it seems that a toilet paper tube got stuck under the other one. So it wasn't spinnig is my guess. But as stated that was just why they fought yesterday. Other times it seems to be just "out of the blue". But thank you so much for your input. It helps me make the right decision and not feel like it's a bad thing. Makes it easier I guess.
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