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#1117289 - 05/21/11 03:16 PM Kudzu's weird behavior
Sherri Offline
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Kudzu lost his mate to cancer a couple of weeks ago and since then his behavior has drastically changed. But not in the way that I would have expected.

Kudzu has always had over grooming issues in the almost 5 years that I've had him. If his cage was placed to close to other cages/gliders he didn't know he would over groom above his eyes.

When I changed out his cage set and toys he would over groom.

If I rearranged his toys in his cage he would over groom.

If I didn't spend enough time OR spent to much time with him he would over groom.

If I cleaned his cage he would over groom.

I have NEVER seen him with out an over grooming spot the whole time I've had him. There were times that the spots were smaller or larger but they had never went away.

Since Ivey's passing his fur has grown back, he's up every morning to say good morning to me and get his morning treats and this afternoon I heard him singing in his pouch. At first I just thought it was one of my momma's in the next cage that was singing, but nope it was Kudzu. His appetite is great (although that was never an issue before) and he generally seems to have more energy and a little more spunk.

Could it be possible that he is actually enjoying the fact that he is alone?
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#1117292 - 05/21/11 03:25 PM Re: Kudzu's weird behavior [Re: Sherri]
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Hi Sherri! That is a strange turn in behavior. I'd have to say that the signs are pointing to him being happy to be alone. Just keep watching to see if the new behavior continues. If it does you likely have a single on your hands. Tho it's not recommend to keep gliders alone in some cases they just prefer to be alone, tho it is rare it is not unheard of. Just give him the attention he wants when he seeks it and see how it goes.
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#1117299 - 05/21/11 03:46 PM Re: Kudzu's weird behavior [Re: Sherri]
Sherri Offline
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I do have a little girl for him that will be ready to intro in a week or so, OR I was thinking of a pair of older gliders that I have to intro him too. But dang this is not the behavior I was preparing for. LOL



Hi Elena!!! Great to see you back online!


Edited by Sherri (05/21/11 03:47 PM)
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#1117332 - 05/21/11 05:44 PM Re: Kudzu's weird behavior [Re: Sherri]
1daddyglider1 Offline
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I would try to physically see what he is doing when he is "singing"
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#1117336 - 05/21/11 06:02 PM Re: Kudzu's weird behavior [Re: Sherri]
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Sherri how long had he been with Ivey? Could he have known all this time she was sick and it stressed him?
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#1117344 - 05/21/11 06:14 PM Re: Kudzu's weird behavior [Re: Sherri]
Sherri Offline
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I've had them for almost 5 years. She didn't show any signs till this past January, so I don't believe its because of her being sick.

I almost think it may have been her doing it to him all this time.

Musta had a pretty cold head for them years. Probably doesnt know what to do now! Warm head, big comfy pouch to himself, wheel all to himself AND all the food he wants, no sharing nothing with anybody!

Oh yeah, and last night he got my lobster tail that I brought home cause I was feeling guilty that he's all by himself.

He's playing me like a fiddle! smile
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#1117351 - 05/21/11 06:30 PM Re: Kudzu's weird behavior [Re: Sherri]
ssdreamsicles Offline
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Well im glad he is happy! It is poss it was her all along.

He knows how to get what he wants!
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#1117600 - 05/22/11 10:10 AM Re: Kudzu's weird behavior [Re: Sherri]
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Originally Posted By: Sherri
He's playing me like a fiddle! smile


agree
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#1117610 - 05/22/11 11:14 AM Re: Kudzu's weird behavior [Re: Sherri]
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Wow, that is strange but it makes sense it may have been her over grooming him. Especially if you had him with you too long and she got stressed. I'd let him be alone for a month max and if he seems to really like it then leave him that way. If not intro your new girl to him.

Or you could intro now so they know each other and if he really takes a shine to her then let them be together. dunno Anything you do I'm sure will be the best choice for him!


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#1142305 - 07/08/11 10:26 PM Re: Kudzu's weird behavior [Re: Sherri]
Sherri Offline
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So Kudzu has a new girlfriend and they have been together almost a week and everything is great except.......


The overgrooming is back! Ugh!!!


What to do??? Leave him with her and just accept the balding above his eyes as I did when he was with Ivey? Or seperate and not have the overgrooming but possibly him get lonely?

I'm leaning towards accepting the overgrooming.
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#1142309 - 07/08/11 10:28 PM Re: Kudzu's weird behavior [Re: Sherri]
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As long as the overgrooming is manageable, I'd leave him. If he isn't hurting himself and he loves her - I say all is right in the world. smile
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