Help! I just added a kit to the family, and he's afraid of my adult.
Hi, my name is Brini, and I'm really looking for help from experienced ferret owners. My baby, Winter Dragon, recently had to be put to sleep (R.I.P. I love you), and my remaining ferret, Brownie, who is about 4 years old, was really lonely. He's never been by himself, and while he was still ferret-y, anyone who knew him could see a definite drop in his happy-go-dooky behavior. So yesterday I took him to a pet store to pick out a cage buddy.
Now, when we got home, everything was fine for a while. They were playing and being ferrets and what-not. But then came rest and relaxation time, and when they woke up and started playing again, the new baby seemed scared of Brownie. I watched their behavior, and Brownie, far from biting him, is merely trying to wrestle and be playful.
I'm not sure if it's the newness of everything or what. The kit, although only 4-6 months, is the same length and nearly the same weight as Brownie, so I'm sure he could wrestle back if he wanted to. I guess, what I'm trying to figure out, is if this is normal "new ferret meets old ferret" behavior. Should I start from scratch and separate them for the time being during play? Right now they're in separate cages. Or am I just overreacting?
If any experienced owners could help me, that would be lovely! I really just want to make the both of them happy =/