Background: I am fostering to adopt Pippen, a 5 month old fixed male Hotot. I adopted Willow, a 7 month old fixed female lionhead and hoping they will bond. I received them both within the past week and within a few days of each other. Because I got them so close together, I figured there was much less opportunity for them to get territorial about their enclosures and to keep that from happening, I've been swapping them out, one is a bigger pen with some running room and the other is smaller, so they've each been getting half a day in the bigger one. Hopefully that's okay? The pens are side by side with about 6 inches of space between them. Today they had their first face to face meeting with nothing between them. Lasted 20 minutes and went very well, I thought. My first question, though I'm sure this is still early to be asking, is when do you consider a pair truly bonded when everything is going smoothly? Like how long should one keep things slow and wait before keeping them together all the time?