Post by fuzzysmama on May 11, 2019 22:45:29 GMT -5
So, one day she just stopped dooking. She huffs, but no dooks. She grunts and has other vocalizations, just no dooks (unless she’s gotten her foot stuck somewhere and needs assistance). I’ve read that “entire house” free roam can lead to creating a bored ferret. She has a dig box, precious items (of course!), play towers-o-boxes, a cat tree, a “boxcar” for box rides, bunches of purchased toys, hiding spots, a ball pit, a hamper of play things upstairs, socks, slippers, pens, crinkly things, multiple tunnels, tissue paper, wrapping paper, bubble wrap, bags...all sorts of things...but she just seems bored. (We engage with her for play too and also let her free roam when supervised). So, how can one tell if they have a bored ferret or that their little one is depressed? (Other than losing a household dog a little over a year ago, nothing would be a cause for her to mourn. I don’t believe she ever cared that the pup was gone, anyhow). I’m out of ideas!
Ferret vocalizations are odd....Just because she doesn't dook, doesn't mean she's not happy. Free roaming a ferret is the absolute ultimate method of caring for a ferret. You may hear it when you take her out for a walk but it's not as common a sound for some ferrets as others. It sounds like she's got lots of things to keep her occupied. Do you have a lot of interaction with her? I use puzzle toys to help occupy my guys...this won't increase her dooking but it will provide mental stimulation ciao
Post by powerwoman on May 15, 2019 15:31:52 GMT -5
Mine dooks pretty rarely, usually makes a sort of gasping/huffing sound when he's playing. I can tell he's still plenty worked up/excited (he flails around plenty), so I don't worry too much about it. I think different ferrets are just different in how vocal they are-- as long as she still engages with you guys when you play, seems active I wouldn't worry too much about it.
Have you tried taking away certain toys for a time/ circulating them?-- I do this and it seems to keep him from getting tired of his things.
Mine is the very same way! He use to dook. In fact he dooked almost a couple hours non stop one night when I was playing with him. Now he doesn't dook at all! I know he is still very happy because I play with him lots and chase him and tickle him and use his cat wands with him, throw wool balls for him and he chases them, etc. The only time I hear him dook now is when I visit my sister and he plays with her ferret! lol
Sometimes he finds things and tries to stash it and I see him running with it, his tail is a bottle brush so I know he's excited. lol
Last Edit: May 18, 2019 18:10:54 GMT -5 by Charlie