Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Middle of Nowhere (AL)
Well thank you for your reply, i should give an update to this. Yesterday was the 2 week marker and we decided to keep them.
One of the biters bite because of a trust issue, so i did alot of searching and found out the best way to overcome that is just to give them love and treats (alot). After placing ferretone on the palm for a good bit, we have moved up to putting the ferretone in the place that the biter would bite so that way when she looks at our arms she doesn't see a place to bite but a place treats go. Anyway we have been working with her alot and she has shown alot of improvement, the only time she *nips* us now is our ankles and i believe she gets really excited and is trying to get some attention. Of course when she does that, then she gets time out for 5 mins and i usually then cuddle her for a bit afterwards and give her a treat on my arm.
My other biter, i believe bites because he has socialization issues and has limitless energy to say the least. We have been trying to hold him more, and show him that we can be more dominent, pin him down on his back for a bit until he sighs and then give him a treat on palms up to places that he would normally bite.
I really believe there is an improvement although i do not try to test my biters out, they do sneak up on me and they look for treats on my arms instead of a place to bite. Currently me and my boyfriend are trying to show them that when they give us licks and kisses we will put them down and they can go play. I'm mostly trying to associate good behavior in place of that bad behavior and i really think its working. The one thing we had working with us is that these ferrets do not lick before the bite so i dont really worry about them biting me if they lick me, they are just trying to find treats.
It has been a long time since either ferret *latched* down on me and my boyfriend, at the most they just nip now and barely put any pressure on us now so i really think that is a major improvement. I think my worst biter has a real issue with new situations, that seems to set off the biting, plus she has a slight attitude, so i will have to decide in the future or not whether i want to take her on walks to a pet store or anything like that although if i did then i would keep all of the public away from my known biters even if i think they will not bite.
It has been a real struggle but i do see improvement and i am starting to fall in love with the little buggers so we decided we will keep them.