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From: Caitlyn Martin
Date: 2011-12-22 03:59:19 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Sleeping


On 12/21/11, s c <> wrote:
> My baby girl 12 weeks old keeps chewing on her bedding I bought her toys but
> she chews on everything. I have used bitter apple on last a few minutes.
> Please help!!!

I had a ferret about that age named Nyssa and she did end up with a
partial blockage. She went from a little hellion to a miserable and inactive little girl very quickly so you really need to watch a ferret who does this. Fortunately she never stopped going to the litter pan entirely and with steps like the ones Tressie advised. We were able to work the fiber through her system without surgery, but that didn't look good at one point.

She was really in pain and at one point she lashed out,
severely bit down and locked her jaw on my housemate at the time. I ended up watching her 24x7 until she passed the bedding and returned to normal. The good news was that she learned her lesson: she never chewed bedding again in the remaining eight years of her life.

You've gotten some very good advice from Tressie. I agree that bitter
apple or bitter orange aren't really an answer. I had one ferret
named Ker Avon who was a notorious wire chewer when he was a kit. We
tried bitter apple and the nutty little guy thought it was a yummy
treat and went after the wire all the more. Bitter orange had the
same result: he actually liked the bitter flavor.

You'll need to use other behavior modification techniques: a scruff,
a harsh word, a time out in an empty cage for a few minutes, and you
will have to watch your little one like a hawk.

Good luck with this one. It's a tough behavior to break but with
patience and love you can do it.

All the best,
Caity and the dynamic duo
Zephyr and Chin Soon


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