I was amazed how much muscle was lost when Odin was altered. His neck and chest was huge and within the year he was down to "ferret size". He's still got a bigger chest girth and neck than my early alters but he lost so much more than his manly bits in the alter (furry pom poms....I like that one ;D) ciao
Hmm... Is it normal for hobs this time of year to get really itchy? Finn seems to spend more time than usual scratching and grooming himself lately.
Not only that, but tonight when he was out playing, when I would scratch his neck or back, he would actually push up against my hand like he wanted me to scratch harder! Sort of like a cat... None of my ferrets have ever done that before!
I noticed that in addition to the itchiness, he is shedding a little bit on his neck. Nowhere else on his body though, just his neck
I took a quick video of what he's doing, does this look weird to you?
My adrenal boy, Zeus, does that as well. Pushes his whole body/neck up into your hand. Maybe it's hormonal related?
Ferrets: Contessa Kitties: Watson, Oskar DIP Sinnead, Vincent, Boris, Zeus and Athena, Willow, Mr. Frodo, Indie, Lucrezia, Judge, Odin, Miss Emily, Suki, Cody, Aristotle, Butterscotch, Frankenfurter. RIP Herne, Ligeia, and Mr. Stubbs
If Finn is doing a lot of grooming/licking of himself, he's probably trying to spread his stink to make himself more attractive to the ladies.
Some hobs will even lick their front paws, put them behind their ears as far back on their necks as they can reach, and then rub the neck/ear oils forward across their faces. They will also lick the groin area to distribute their scent over a larger area.
I don't think that Finn's behavior seems weird - Finn just seems t love the attention. my Shaman was completely into the "deep scratching type of attention - he would act like a cat or dog and push into the scratching.
Artie did that when his winter coat was coming in. He'll probably do the same when he sheds. Finn has such a thick coat, I don't blame him for getting some scratches from his human. He's like a puffball.
Ok, latest hobnoxious behavior: Finn has decided that all food must be relocated to a secure location, inside the litterbox! Apparently none of the existing food dens or stash spots they usually put the food in were secure enough
He used to do this last Spring right after I got him, but he stopped somewhere between Summer and Fall, which makes me wonder if it's tied to hormones lol...
Just wait 'til he reeks really bad from hormones and his urine smells of of musk....and he starts using the heat register as a potty box in late winter/early Spring to help spread his stink throughout the house...and everything he can climb over is covered with sticky/oily urine because he dribbles a little all over to impress the ladies
Odin did some horrible things to some sofa cushions.... The sliming was probably the worst part of his behaviour. He seemed to have preferences for certain articles or pieces of furniture. It was funny though to watch him step over something with his front legs and then to appear to loose his back legs and ooze over an object....a ferret from a solid to a liquid a hob defies physics ciao
It has been mentioned that their first season is the worst, and it's not so bad after that. Does that statement only address aggressiveness, or do they also not slime and pee all over things as badly after their first year?
Just curious if the messy part is the same every year