Message Number: YG5209 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-07-05 20:44:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Behavior Problems

Ashlie wrote:
>I have an 8 month old male Marshall Farm ferret, blaze(Arthur) who has
>recently started to beat up on my 1 year old Marshall Farm female(Anabelle)
>in the cage. Her cries, while not the blood curdling screams, are loud and
>intense enough to wake up the whole family in the middle of the night. He
>also beats her up during the day. He is just scruffing her, but the
>incidents can last up to 20 minutes leaving her with a soaking wet neck.
>The other day I found blood in her ear from a scratch. When she tries to
>escape, he just follows her. He used to be the lowest on the totem pole
>behind a one and a half year old male and Anabelle. Is he trying to up
>himself on the ladder? He only does this in the cage, where Anabelle can
>not get away--not during out time. Should I ignore this and let them figure
>this out, or interfere? If I should interfere, what should I do? Thank you
>in advance for any suggestions.
>--Ashlie Ludwig

Ashlie, you mention that he is blaze; is he deaf or partly deaf?

Wolfy has a page that goes into some aspects of dealing with deaf
ferrets, I think. If not her, could someone, please, correct me and
direct Ashlie to the resource?