after almost a year living next to each other, i've finally decided to "man up" and start introducing the boys. i've noticed recently that there has been a lot of through the bar grooming and side-by-side napping going on. so today, i decided to give it a shot.
i put them in the tub with a big pile of greens.
puppet, the one i was expecting problems with (he's pushy with the cat) was totally chill and willing to make friends. he pretty much ignored rue, and happily nommed down. when i petted him, he loafed out and closed his eyes like all was right in the world. he occassionally would give rue a lick or two on his nose. he was honestly acting like they were old friends.
rue.... was obviously nervous. he showed no interest at all in the food, and was tense and alert. he let me pet him, but never relaxed. he never acknowledged puppet, but allowed himself to be groomed.
at one point, they both jumped out of the tub. puppet went to go his own way, but rue started hopping after him. rue was definitely the instigator when they started circling each other, nose to butt, faster and faster. at that point, i got them separated and back in their own pens.
i'll be honest- the circling kinda freaked me out. i just knew it was going to escalate into a fight. it seemed to go fairly well, though, especially when they where in the tub together. is there anything i can/should do to help rue relax, though?