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 Post subject: My girl has become aggressive!
 Post Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:05 pm 
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Hi! It's been a long time since I've managed to be completely active on this after my health went down, but it's so nice to be back!

To get to the point, my girl Artemis has had a massive behaviour change in the past two weeks which is concerning me.
She began biting very rough when playing with Minerva to the point which they have to now be separated at free roam time due to a massive cut to Minervas ear.
About a week ago I got a nasty gouge taken from my pinky finger. I cleaned the wound and passed it off as I had separated a bad fight and she may not have noticed it was me.
Just two days ago, I tried to help her become unstuck from behind the couch. Rather than climb up my arm like usual she clamped onto my hand. It was so sore I screamed aloud and began crying. She continued to push down, meaning I could not pull her up as her teeth were facing downwards. After a five minute battle with my partner trying to move the couch, she eventually let go and then proceeded to nip my partner.

I immediately got a vet appointment and he has advised their fur is fine(no mites/lice), externally looking great and healthy and they are a good weight. I'm so worried for her as she has never done anything this aggressive towards anyone before, even as a little one. Has anyone got any answers they could suggest or any tips to stop this? I believe it could be hormonal as they are now 10 months old but would like more opinions as I'm stumped! :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: My girl has become aggressive!
 Post Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:43 am 
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If Artemis is otherwise healthy, then her aggression could well be hormonal, in which case a spay should help. Although it is a fairly invasive procedure, if the vet is experienced with rodent surgery the risk is minimal, and there are a number of health benefits (significantly reduced risk of mammary and pituitary tumours, and completely eliminated risk of uterine infection). If the vet you see isn't so sure about rodent surgery though, I'd look for another vet. In the meantime, take out any enclosed beds or toys that are in their cage, so Artemis can't trap Minerva anywhere.

Has anything else changed about Artemis's behaviour recently? Is she eating and drinking well, can she easily hold and manipulate food, and is she able to chew normally? How are her activity levels, and is her co-ordination and agility still good?

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 Post subject: Re: My girl has become aggressive!
 Post Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 11:53 am 
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If Artemis is otherwise healthy, then her aggression could well be hormonal, in which case a spay should help. Although it is a fairly invasive procedure, if the vet is experienced with rodent surgery the risk is minimal, and there are a number of health benefits (significantly reduced risk of mammary and pituitary tumours, and completely eliminated risk of uterine infection). If the vet you see isn't so sure about rodent surgery though, I'd look for another vet. In the meantime, take out any enclosed beds or toys that are in their cage, so Artemis can't trap Minerva anywhere.

Has anything else changed about Artemis's behaviour recently? Is she eating and drinking well, can she easily hold and manipulate food, and is she able to chew normally? How are her activity levels, and is her co-ordination and agility still good?



My vet has said there is many complications with a spay and he wouldn't feel comfortable doing it so I may need a specialist vet! Her other behaviours haven't changed at all! She is able to hold and eat her food, will happily take treats and munch away. She still runs and plays as normal it's as if something just clicks and she bites. So a completely new behaviour! Thanks so much for replying, I'm going to look into a new vet and see if they may have an idea!

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