Firstly I’d just like to say, holy shit do ferret bites hurt!!!
Fabian is 11 weeks old, so just like a puppy, he nips. Unfortunately he seems to be a harder nipper than literally any other ferret I’ve read about, and every time he nipped in play he either latched on or broke the skin. Oh good!
I’m not talking gushing blood, but there was bruising and blood on the surface of the skin. Fun times 😉
Regardless of the fact I was bitten numerous times, before I played with him I wasn’t anyway near as enamoured as I expected myself to be…after spending over half an hour with him, I am head over heels in love! ^__^
He is just great! Full of mischief and play; he’s like a puppy, kitten and rat all rolled into one.
For his first time out we set up a small penned area around his cage, and simply left the door open for him to come out when he wanted.
He was so much fun to play with. We did flirt pole-esque play with him tugging, chasing and grabbing a dog toy. He loves rolling balls, diving into bundles of paper, flinging himself madly in tents and hammocks, and climbing all over me 🙂
Watching him bound about, wrestle with toys, and do the play dance was adorable 🙂
My crotch was his favourite place to cuddle bwahahaha
I did actually try to keep my fingers away from him once I realised how bad his bite inhibition was, but he still got me good a few times.
I’ve contacted a few experienced ferret-people to get their advice, because whilst I know it’s normal for an excited young ferret to nip, drawing blood every time is not something I can just sit and ignore how you normally would with a nipping ferret 😛
Obviously scruffing, squirting with water, and tapping / smacking are all no-no’s.
The best ideas I’ve read so far (because there’s such little ferret info on the ‘net, and a lot of it’s old school too) says covering your fingers in something the ferret finds gross can help, and teach them to nip toys. OR teach them to nip toys, and partner hands up with something really tasty, such as chicken babyfood. The aim is they can gently lick your fingers.
I feel the last method sounds best, but I need something else in the meantime as atm I’m having to wear gloves just in case he gets past the toy and anywhere near my fingers!!!
We carried out our cage modifications today, which he loooooves!!!
The cage is now 100cm long, 54cm wide, and 155cm tall. It could do with a few more toys, but after our amazon Prime delivery today it’s looking a lot better.
He has a tent on the top floor, some snuggle areas, a wooden perch to chew, a plastic large parrot toy, and a coconut shell chew toy.
The middle tier has a hammock, ladder, level and a cardboard tray that I’ve put several cat balls in – he LOVES these!!
And the bottom tier has a few levels, a wooden log tunnel, and will also be where his litter tray is.
And to give you a better idea of size, here is lil’ Pixie by the cage, checking out the new arrival 😀
Tomorrow we have 100 ball-pit plastic balls arriving. I’ve heard ferrets love these, and I might just turn the entire bottom tier into a ball pit hahaha!