My first post here so excuse me if I have done anything incorrectly
The background: I have two beautiful miniature lops - both are 7 months, female, in good health, and together since birth. They have not been spade yet (I have only just finished my finals for my Law degree and I knew it had to be a top priority after exams) and have had some fighting but no injuries, just fur pulling, and usually over once the circling cycle is broken in under 30 seconds. My intention had been to spay them before the next hormone cycle, which brings me to the problem I have! Oh, and they are house bunnnies!
The problem: Bambi unfortunately developed gastrointestinal stasis 3 nights ago - luckily I spotted the signs and she had veterinary care 12 hours after I spotted it (it was one sleepless night for me checking on her slowly deteriorate!) Thankfully, she pulled through (she is on some meds for the next few days) but she spent 2 days at the vet on a drip first. Unfortunately, when I brought her home Binky was at the peak of her hormone cycle and became highly territorial in those 2 days. I introduced them briefly the first night and they were fine, but that morning on the 3 occasions I tried to introduce them Binky lunged for Bambi, more vicious than I had seen her before. She has also been highly territorial about her cage, lunging for me a few times when I was picking up poo.
Obviously a priority for me is not stressing Bambi out so the gut stays moving and nothing spooks her. But at the same time I realise the fighting is a power thing and I can't keep them separated for long, maybe the fighting would only last a minute then be over... But I also don't want fighting so bad that their bond breaks! Binky has been very hormonal today, and rubbing her chin over EVERYTHING. They were very close before, always snuggling.
My proposal (which I would like opinions on!): I think my best course of action would be to alternate between having one in the lounge and one in the main cage so that A - their scent mingles and B - they both get exercise. I am in all weekend so it will be alternated in 4 hour slots. Binky will sleep in the main cage and Bambi in the carry case as it is a very large cat size and she (surprisingly) really likes it. I will do this for the next 2 days until Binky's hormones die down (any ideas on how long their PMS lasts?!) and then try introducing them in the kitchen as neither of them have been in their before and it is lino (the reason they haven't been in there, but I figured they can't lunge for each other properly on it?)
My other issue is when to get them spade... I am seeing the vet for a check up on Bambi on Wednesday so I will ask the earliest she would recommend Bambi getting spade, following the trauma of last few days. If she says a few weeks then I think I will have Binky spade first, ASAP. I know it is better to spay them together but Binky has MUCH worse hormone cycles and she is the priority to calm down! I just can't bear to see any more fighting.
What do you think? Is there anything anyone could recommend? I would really really appreciate some help as I can't bear them fighting and am trying so hard to not think about them breaking the bond. I was in hysterics whilst Bambi was at the vet (she deteriorated mid-course of treatment) over possibly loosing a baby but now I may have lost them both, in a way, if that makes sense