Friendly ferret: To bite or not to bite?

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Since our little furrballs are carnivores, their teeth are very sharp. And they know how to use them very well. Ferrets are known for biting and you have to work with your ferret to get rid of that habit. What is the reason for their biting habits? There are many things that can trigger them, but none of them is the official reason.

So, the reasons ferrets bite are defense, playfulness, communication, and many more. For example: Ferrets have very thick skin and they are biting each other when playing, meaning that they will bite you as well. They won’t feel that bite like an injure, but for you, that bite is not so little. Just imagine your ferret running to you and nipping your feet. That is a common situation with bare feet and ferrets.  :lol:

Some ferrets won’t bite at all, but there are ferrets which love to use their teeth very often. There are solutions to your nipping little ferret, but you have to be persistent in your plan and don’t give up. How to make them stop? With lots of love and attention. And few tricks.  :lol:

For example, have you seen those YouTube videos with children eating lemon and making funny faces? Of course you have. :tounge:  They are making those faces because lemon is not so delicious. Try that same trick on your ferret. Put lemon juice all over your hands and try to hold your ferret. When he tries to bite you he will taste the lemon and back away. Repeat this few times and your ferret will connect your hands (actually human hands) with that horrible taste in his mouth and stop biting it. It seems rather simple, but you’ll have to repeat it for a couple of weeks. The same thing works with vinegar.

If you don’t want to use this tactic, there are many other tactics, like the one where you imitate a ferret mom. When your little kit tries to bite you hold him up by that extra skin on the back of the neck. While he is hanging there look him in the eyes and say loud and clear: NO! If you are using this trick, it would be good to use the same method in other things ferrets mustn’t do (example biting toes, furniture, etc)
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You can even use something your ferret doesn’t like, like water for example. If your ferret hates bath time, meaning hates water, you can use that against him. Like Superman and kryptonite. (*)  Put water in the bottle that sprays water and when your ferret bites you spray water on him, he will be surprised. Eventually he will stop doing thing that makes him wet.  :wink:

Remember, this tricks can’t be used on every ferret because some ferrets likes the taste of lemon or likes water. It is essential that you work with your ferret, because that is the way to make a bond between you and your ferret.

Anja is a civil engineering student from Zagreb who wants to share her love towards ferrets because they are the most amazing animals in the world for her. She wants to show people how amusing and adorable they are and how they can be perfect pets. For her ferrets are cute, adorable and extremely funny animals which won't leave anybody indifferent. Anja is always opened for suggestions and advice, so if you have something to aks or say about ferrets, feel free to contact her on her Google + account.

  • annstaub

    I’m glad I’ve never been bitten by a ferret before, they do have some sharp teeth! The ferret I used to have used to jump on my dog’s back and do that play-bite thing you mention to her skin. It reminded me of a dog shaking around a squeaky toy lol. I’ve never heard of the lemon thing before, interesting idea.