So my buns are both close to 16 months old now - neutered at 6 month, failed bonding attemps for the following 6 months, and I have had them living completely separated in different areas of the house since NYE. Beginning in May I am going to introduce them again. Where I left off was Murhpy the Holland seemed like he was game to bond, Lionel the Lionhead was either insecure or just aggressive and wanted no part - though he always got the worse of the hair pulling and nips. It figures right, cuz Murphy LOVES to be "groomed" by us and our cats and Lionel didn't really care about being "groomed" bc he is an active busy body and doesn't sit still! It was always on neutral ground - though they had spent their life up until then in cages right next to each other - very used to eachother scent and sight. . I know the rule has always been NEUTRAL NEUTRAL NEUTRAL... It will now need to introduced somewhere outside the house cuz between them both, one or other has their scent somewhere in my house. I am thinking of starting out with ONLY 5 minute treat dates - and not even letting them interact to begin - just "see" each other? Should I try to hide their scent somehow to start? Also, I'm actually going to be "fostering" another male (un neutered 1 yr old ) and I will have him by the time I try to bond mine again) I wonder if having his smells around is a positive thing or will just add confusion to the bonding. I could have him in the general area where I will bond them if it would possibly push my current two together..