Bad Biting Jan 6, 2020 10:09:18 GMT -5
Post by njcrouth on Jan 6, 2020 10:09:18 GMT -5
I got Mocha a few months ago from someone who wasn't able to keep her anymore. She'll be 5 at some point this year from what I understand. I don't think she was kept well prior to me getting her - small cage, little handling, no training, etc.
She's an incredibly bad biter. I want to play with her, but as soon as I do, she immediately and aggressively and obsessively starts to look for skin to bite. When I'm down on the floor cleaning up toys or changing litter pads, I have to be vigilant to make sure she doesn't sneak up on my because if she does she tries to tear my flesh off. When I'm careless and she gets a good chomp in, she draws blood, leaves welts, and leaves bruises. Scruffing her to get her off has minimal effect. She usually gets another one or two really good chomps in before she lets go. When she does bite, she immediately goes in the empty carrier for a 3 minute time out. I feel up to this point it has taught her absolutely nothing.
I've had other ferrets that would bite, but there was always warning and it wasn't like a seek and destroy mission for them. I do hold her sometimes on my arm and kiss her head and pet her down her back, and she doesn't fight it or anything, but I honestly can't tell at this point if the biting is because she wasn't taught to play properly with people or if she hates me.
Mocha came with her pal Charlotte, who when she plays is also a bad biter, but not in the aggressive way Mocha is. The time outs seem to be more effective with her as she has calmed down quite a bit since I've gotten them. Mocha also gets along well with the other ferrets I already had.
I've had Mocha implanted for adrenal disease due to the aggressive behavior as well as slightly thinning hair on her tail. It appears to have had no effect.
Any insight, guidance, or encouragement would be appreciated. I feel completely out of my element.