Our Lucrezia ate a very small bit of foam backing from where they had dug up the carpet when she was about 9m old. It was only about this large[---]. We almost lost her to it. She was fine when we went to work at 8:30 am. Got home about 3:30 pm and she wouldn't come out of her cage. Brought her out and she immediately curled back up in the cage again. Realized likely blockage so gave her some pumpkin/lax routine. Rushed her in by 7 as she STILL hadn't pooped. Regular xray only showed a pocket of gas. So she was given a barium. She was finally able to push it out thank heavens. Brought her home, but rushed her back in again when we couldn't wake her and she spent the night there. We hadn't even considered she was so exhausted that her dead sleep was very pronounced and prolonged. She was fine
Ferrets: Contessa, Frankenfurter, Butterscotch. Kitties: Watson, Oskar DIP Sinnead, Vincent, Boris, Zeus and Athena, Willow, Mr. Frodo, Indie, Lucrezia, Judge, Odin, Miss Emily, Suki, Cody, Aristotle. RIP Herne, Ligeia, and Mr. Stubbs
Good post! For my boys I'm gutting the entire spare room and filling it with new things that I hope....at least will not be chewed, but looking at this I might have to be very careful with the things I choose! Luckily at the moment their time is split between a play pen (I strictly control what goes in there) and a few hours completely supervised time with me. though they did try nibbling their hammocks at one point, luckily they passed that just fine thank god!
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Rolo is not a chewer but I have always tried to keep foamy/rubbery things safely put away out of reach. Now that we have two new ferrets in the apartment - one of which who IS a mild chewer - we are a little more careful, but so far we've had no problems.
Oh my, I've never had one THAT obsessed! Aramis is very fond of foam, he ate an earplug when he was 9 weeks old and had surgery (I still can't understand where he got the earplug, I don't use anything like that!). Thay poor little body cut open. So we retuned home from hospital, he had to wear the cone of shame because nohing could stop him from scratching his stitches. Hw was really frustrated he couldn't play properly (imagine a 9 week old kit with a big cone around his head stumbling around), so he tried to eat his blanket. But not like bite it in pieces, swallow it whole, I heard him cough and choke so I ran only to have to pull the blanket that he stuffed down his throat, and was trying to pull even more in. And later on, last year, him and his rubber-obsessed buddy Gabriel managed to get on the table and eat my wrist watch band. It was a floating blockage and they chewed it well - symptoms would manifest and then dissapear. Blockage protocol and they pooped it out. When we got Marbella she came with a rubber toy that had all the sides chewed off. Luckily no blockage. Gizmo never really chewed on stuff though he did almost rip off his manliness while humping a blanket . Snoopy came in and O noticed he wants to chew anything rubbery, from remote control buttons to .. anything that comes in sight. I think his gums itch a lot too as his teeth and gums are in terrible condition.