Hi, As you all may or may not have heard, I got adopted an old ferret from the vet name Sampson. He is blind, has low-blood sugar and rear leg weakness due to his Pancreatic Tumors.
When Chris and I frist bought Sampson home, we kept him in a crate for the first couple days untill we felt that he could get along with our other ferrets Buddy and Jessie. Now he is in the same cage with them and get free range of the room with them. He usually likes to be off on his own and sleeps alot and he dosn't really play.
Latly he has been attacking my Male ferret Buddy. If Buddy goes near him he attacks him (no blood is ever drawn) and makes a loud squealing noise and poor Buddy gets scared and runs and hides from him. One time Buddy was in the cage sleeping in his bed, and I put Sampson in the Cage to lock the ferrets up and right before I left the cage, Sampson attack Buddy again and Buddy scurred up the tunnels of the cage. Sampson obviously wanted Buddys spot and Buddy was franticly try to cawl up the tubes. I took Buddy out and gave him some lovings, but I felt so bad. I don't know what to do, I can't handle seeing Buddy like this and Sampson has gotten out of control. Buddy won't be doing a thing to Sampson and he will attack. Sampson never did this to Buddy before and we have had him for 3 weeks. I was just wondering if you guys might have some idea why he might be doing this now.
He dosn't mess with Jessie at all (she is a female) and he will even let her cuddle with him sometimes. I use to be able to stick all 3 of them in my sweater and they would settle down together (like the picture below). Now, if I put Sampson and Buddy together in the sweater, Sampson will attack him. Sampson did this once and When I went to pull him out he bit me hard, and I scruffed him and said NO and let him on the floor. Then I attended to Buddy who had scurried up my sleeve. I know that it probably has somewhat to do with the fact that they are both males and that Sampson is Blind. But I was wondering if it might have anything to do with his Pancreatic Tumors aka Insulinoma, because I find it wierd that he would just start doing this now after we have had them together in cages for a little over 2 weeks.
I was thinking I probably should scruff Sampson and Say "no" everytime he attacks Buddy. I don't know if that would help any or not. Plus, if he does this out of fear, I know that it would only make it worse. Its hard to tell why he does this. I also thought if I dunk Buddy and Sampson in Ferretone and lock them in a small crate togther, if it would get them to get along or not. Do you guys think that would work and if its a good idea? Or do you think that its to risky...? I am open to any suggestions and opions etc. I really want to try everything possible to get them to get along.
It just kills me to see them like this, and I really think that Buddy would be Sampson best friend if he would just give him the chance. I think it might be because Sampson is old and may have not been around other ferrets before. I really don't know much about his past.
Eat a crunchy, Sleep in hammock,
Steal a sock, Dig in shoes,
Nip your ankles, Climb your pants
Miss the litter box, Beg for treats,
Poop in a corner, Knock something over
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But Why Would Anyone Do a Thing Like That?