I recently got myself a young ferret. She's only about 9 weeks of age. And she's very reckless! She likes to bite when she plays and that isn't something I enjoy because I don't want a grown ferret biting me while I play with it. How can I get her to stop this habit?
It is natural for a ferret to bite as she is practicing to become a predator. It is best not to play with her when she is so excited. Let her play in some tubes, paper bags, boxes stuffed with shredded paper and once she calms down, then give her lots of attention. She will be cutting her molars at 12 weeks so get her some Cheweasals sold on my site under TOYS. You can also give her some Chicken baby food from your finger, when she is calm, that way she knows good things come from your hand! Do not yell, hit, flick as she will not understand and will only bite more if she thinks it is something to master. LOVE will work so much better.
I just got a 3 month old baby girl ferret. I have been reading lots of stuff on the internet about nipping and etc. I have had her for three days. I was wondering what to do about her nipping at my daughter and me. She hasn't bite me hard enough to draw blood. I have read so much stuff to do, I don't know what's right and wrong.
Was she left in the Pet Shop for a longtime? It maybe the lack of handling and she is very anxious. All puppies/cats and ferrets nip a lot when small, however we do not want to encourage this behavior. For ferret to become a predator in the wild, he will practice biting his siblings, also your ferret will be cutting molars.
Try to handle her when she first wakes up and then let her play with you, using soft toys, paper bags, rolled paper towel, anything so she cannot bite your fingers. If she attacks your feet, then cover yourself with a blanket or towel and continue to coax her with the toys. If she becomes too wild, then leave her to play alone, buy some hard balls and some cardboard tubes, dryer venting tubes, boxes of shredded paper etc., something she can play in to get rid of her energy. Do NOT pick her up while she is playing.
Once she is calm, then offer her some CHICKEN or TURKEY BABYFOOD on a spoon and then gradually let her lick from your fingers, this way she associates something good with fingers. Do not punish her in any way as she does not understand that she is doing wrong, just remain calm,say 'NO" and distract her with a toy.
I just got a new ferret. He was born Aug 2 so he is still
teething. He is over all great. He plays well with
my 2 females, he loves playing with people and he's
sweet.... EXCEPT when he finds something to chew
on that makes his teeth feel better. He starts to
hiss and sorta bark when he is chewing on something
and someone goes near him. For the most part I leave
him alone to chew but a lot of times he starts to
chew on stuff he shouldn't and that's when the problem
gets real bad. He barks and hisses and once you finally
get the item from him the first thing near his mouth
he goes for. For example... I'm writing this email
to you because I just had a problem with him where
he started chewing on my blanket and so i finally
got it from him and he turned grabbed my finger and
wouldn't let go. well, he broke my skin and i am
bleeding. He is a great ferret but i don't know how
to control this behavior. Everything I give him to
chew on (treats made for teething, a ferret blanket,
a purse) he destroys to quick and then he turns to
something he shouldn't chew on. Its getting bad.
i love the little guy so much but like i said this
aggressive behavior is not okay. Any suggestions?
Id appreciate any type of help?
First of all you do not need to go to
a doctor, wash your finger with Peroxide and put an
antibiotic ointment on it and a band aid. Secondly,
do you have food available for him all the time? It
sounds to me as if he is very hungry, as hungry ferrets
will bite. I have had ferrets for 30 years and have
never specifically given any of them things to chew
on, however I have made available
There should always be kibble available,
plus you may want to give him some extra protein such
as CHICKEN/TURKEY BABYFOOD, give 3-4 teaspoonfuls in
a shallow dish, add a teaspoon of water and warm a
little, he should lap it up, plus if you give from
your finger he will associate good things and not negative
things with your hand.
Keep him in a separate cage and do not
put things he shouldn't have in there, make sure he
has lots of food and water, a comfortable bed to sleep
in and wait a couple of weeks until he has grown in
his molars. Hopefully he will grow out of the biting
problem, but please let me know if you need more help.
I have a ferret that's 4 months old and I can't stop
his biting habit. He has already taken a plug out
of our 2 year daughter over the weekend. I want this
to end and have a NON biting ferret. Please help.
How long have you had the ferret? He is young and full
of energy, plus he is a natural predator who is using
his teeth for what they were designed for. Unfortunately
that is not acceptable behavior and he will need
to learn that. Always take him out of the cage about
the same time each day and before he gets too active
you can hold him, give him a treat that he likes
so he knows that good things come from your hand.
Give him lots of room to run and play and lots of
tunnels, boxes, bags and hard baby toys to play with.
Let him run and get some energy out of his system
before you interact with him. Personally I would
NOT let him play with your 2 year old!
Ferrets can bite hard and not let go and skin can
require stitches. Also if a child is bitten and you
report it to a physician they are required by law to
call the authorities, who in some areas will seize
the ferret and take off his head to check for rabies!
Ferrets are not pets for young children!
Reprimanding the ferret by yelling, hitting, flicking
the nose will only make matters worse. He needs lots
of love and attention just as your two year old does,
so when he is quiet then is the time to cuddle. If
he starts to bite take a roll of paper towel and put
it in the area he is trying to bite, distract him with
a toy and then either put him in his cage to calm down,
or leave him to play alone.
If you can give him some chicken baby food on a spoon
and then graduate to him licking it from your finger,
he will associate good things with your hands. If you
buy some CHEWEASELS for
him to chew on it will help while he is cutting teeth.
If the problem persists, it would be best to call a
ferret rescue/shelter in your area, for them to work
with you and your ferret. He will calm down but he
needs to know what is expected of him.
I just got a new ferret this past weekend. When she plays,
I flick her in the nose when she bites to hard. Well
lately she has become a little more aggressive. She
has just been biting a lot more harder than usual.
Is it possible that she can be teething? She is an
8 week old albino.
Where did you learn to flick her on the nose, it only
makes her worse, as that is an act of aggression
toward her? Ferrets are natural predators and learn
to bite to kill their prey and thus practice with
their siblings, you are the next best thing! We have
to teach them that biting is not acceptable, so flicking
her is doing the opposite, it incites the ferret
to more biting.
Yes, she is cutting her molars so it would be good
to provide her with something hard to chew on such
or a hard plastic baby toy, do NOT give her anything
made of rubber as she will chew through and end up
with a blockage! Try to handle her when she just wakes
up, then allow her to play with toys, run around etc..
to get her pent up energy out. Play with her with things
on a stick or cat toys so your fingers are not near.
Once she calms down then offer her some CHICKEN BABYFOOD
on a spoon it will help her appreciate that GOOD things
are associated with fingers and hands. When you are
comfortable let her lick the baby food from your fingers.
If she gets really rambunctious then return her to
her cage till she calms down. If you provide toys she
can hide in and play with to keep her occupied , she
will be happy and eventually give you lots of kisses,
I just got a male ferret about 2 week ago he is 8 week
old and is named Tony. He is very playful and loves
to bite. Even though he is only 8 weeks I still do
not like him biting. He has a lot of toys and things
to play with so it's not like he is bored, believe
me he is a very spoiled ferret. I don't know what
to do about his biting. Someone told me a good way
to get him to stop biting is to flick him on the
nose gently is this a good way?
Ferrets are carnivores so he is practicing to become
one, added to that he is cutting his molars, so you
might want to give him Cheweasels to
chew on. Don't play with him when he is feisty, unless
you have a toy that he can bite. It is not good for
him to bite you, so take him out when he is calm
and cuddle with him and then let him play with toys,
tubes, boxes to release his energy.
If he should bite put him back into his cage until
he calms down, or leave him alone to play on his own.
Do not flick his nose or punish him as it is a natural
reaction for him to bite harder. A loud NO might help.
Buy him some chicken baby food and feed it to him on
a spoon as he starts to enjoy it, put some on your
finger, let him know that fingers are providing good
things, but wait until he calms down to do this. Give
him lots of love and attention.
Ok thanks so much I needed sum better methods to help
her stop biting. I didn't spray it in her mouth I
sprayed it on my finger & rubbed it over her
mouth. & it was too much for her to handle. I
had asked the pet store how I should do it & they
recommended it.. So was that vomit? It was like foaming?
Is there anything to be concerned about? She is doing
fine now. Gerbers won't hurt her diet at all? I have
been feeding her the path valley farm diet with some
snacks I bought at the pet store. I will not be using
the bitter apple for a while. It makes her crazy.
Try putting some in your mouth and see what it does
to you! I have never heard of such a thing, you need
to tell them at the pet shop how dangerous that is
and it is a form of abuse!!! The foaming could have
been a seizure caused by the hot pepper in the spray
and could have really harmed her to the point of
death. Have you given her any Nutrical or a little
honey rubbed into her gums to wash away the taste?
Baby food is an excellent healthy snack as long as
t is ALL MEAT and you can give her 1-2 teaspoons a
day in a little flat bowl as a supplement to her regular
diet. If she ever gets sick, this is the food she will
eat, so best get her used to it now. It is high in
meat protein and that is what she needs since she is
a carnivore. Do not give her treats from the pet shop
if they are sugary, dried fruit etc.., take a look
at the snacks and food on my site for an idea of what
she should eat.
I just recently adopted my ferret she is about 2 to 3
months old & has been biting non stop. The people
at the pet store recommended bitter apple so I bought
some and I accidentally gave her too much when she
bit me tonight. She started having foam coming from
her mouth. I'm assuming its throw up I gave her water & the
taste went away. Is she ok? Is there anything to
be worried about? I have been monitoring her all
this evening & right now she is sleeping like
normal. So should I be concerned? Thanks so much.
I'm just very worried about my baby!
What do mean you gave her too much, you are not supposed
to spray it in her mouth? You are supposed to put
it on you, in the areas she bites you and when she
gets the taste she will stop! It is normal for a
baby ferret to bite, so give her plenty of safe toys
and also some CHEWEASELS so she can cut her teeth.
Ferrets at her age are learning to become 'predators',
so do not play with her while she is acting so wild,
but let her calm down and then hold her and cuddle
with her. Buy her some GERBERS MEAT BABYFOOD and
start giving her about a teaspoonful, let her lick
it from your finger, this way she will associate
your fingers with something good. If she continues
to bite put her back in her cage until she calms
We have a ferret ourselves. We got it from a pet store
here in columbia, South Carolina. We got him a few
months ago. He is really aggressive!! We work with
him all the time! but still he bites and attacks!
I dont know what to do! Its starting to get aggevating
but we take our time with him hoping he will learn
not to bite! We even bought him some treats so that
when he is good we give him one! But still it dont
work! Well if you could really give us some tips
we would really appreciate it alot thanks.
How old was he when you bought him? If you got him
after he had been at the pet store for a while, that
is most likely why he is aggresive.
He was either playing too rough with the other ferrets
there, or he did not get the attention he needed. Young
ferrets bite very hard when playing with each other
they are practicing to be predators, learning how to
kill their prey.
Ferrets have tough skin, so when they bite each other
it does not hurt like it does when they bite us humans.
It is better not to handle him when he is biting, just
put him back in his cage. Pick him up and cuddle him
when he first wakes before he gets so excited and if
he tries to bite, say NO loudly!
Why don't you buy some GERBERS BABYFOOD, CHICKEN/TURKEY
and give it to him off your finger, he will learn to
associate good food coming from you and will have no
need to bite. The babyfood is a good healthy snack,
please be careful giving him other treats as some can
be quite dangerous for ferrets.
I just bought a kit at a pet store and they said she
is about 8-10 weeks old. She will not let us touch
her or hold her without biting.We have to use gloves
because we are very nervous. Cause she drew blood.
When we let her out of the cage we let her play,she
is VERY hyper and out of control on objects such
as my slippers. She pulls things into dark corners
and she chases us... We want a nice Ferret not a
wrecker.What can we do?
Your ferret's behavior is perfectly normal! Young kits
learn how to become predators about the age of your
kit, she would be practicing with her siblings, however
their skin is much tougher than ours, so she will
need to be taught that her rough play is not acceptable.
You cannot use gloves, it is better just to hold
her when she wakes up and then let her play to get
rid of that energy. Let her chase a cat toy on a
stick if you are nervous, she will sense your fear
and will always be cautious. If she goes to bite,
just say NO very loudly and distract her with a toy.
Kneel down on the ground and let her come to you, give
her a piece of her food as a treat and she will grow
to accept you.It sounds as if she was not handled a
great deal at the pet store, so it may take a little
time for her to trust you. Pick her up by the scuff
of the neck, that is the way her mother would do, this
way you will not get bitten.
Remember she is very tiny and needs to know you love
her, she will grow out of the biting! If you feel you
are too afraid then you may want to return her to the
pet store. You could also try to contact a ferret rescue/shelter
in your area and they should be able to help you train
the ferret and show you how to care for her.
Hi I had just
bought 2 baby ferrets and the girl at the pet shop said
they are biting because they are teething. How long is
it before they stop biting? And when would it be alright
to start handling them? Should I leave them in the cage
for a week before I start taking them out of the cage?
Should I even handle them while they are biting? I was
just changing the water and giving them more food and it
bit me to where it made me bleed.
How old are the babies? They usually cut their second
teeth at 8-9 weeks old, however that is not the reason
they are biting! Baby ferrets learn how to become 'predators'
by play biting with their siblings, their skin is very
hard, but ours is not, hence the bite. It is normal behavior
for them to play that way!
Personally I would separate them and handle them as
much as possible, you will want to do that as they
wake from sleep or after play, once they calm down.
They will need a lot of cuddling and handling but
as long as you keep them in the same cage they
will continue to play bite and it may be difficult
to stop them later. You can let them play together
for a short time each day, give them baby toys,
paper bags and tubes and keep them busy, this will
give them less time to attack each other and once
they are worn out you should be able to handle
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