Post by sherrylynne on Apr 26, 2009 10:24:57 GMT -5
I think we've broken a barrier with Willow . I startled her this morning quite badly- poor thing almost jumped out of her skin- when I went to pick her up. She whipped her head around, but she DID NOT bite! I didn't even feel her teeth! . And yes, she got lots of treats and lovin's for that one! Now, if I could only teach her faces are not meant for tasting It almost seems like she sees something, and has to discover what it is with her teeth and mouth. Unfortunately, on cheeks/lips/ears, that hurts! Oh- and I can now scruff her with no problem whatsoever! When I think about that little terrified fuzz who came to us, and what she is now- it's almost a miracle
Post by novemberkris on Apr 26, 2009 10:32:41 GMT -5
That is amazing news. It really warms my heart to hear how Willow's turning around. And the best part is, you are forming the most amazing bond with her because of your patience and love. I have a feeling she is going to trust you in all kinds of situations before you are done helping her heal. Soon I imagine she'll be running to you when she gets scared out of her skin. (That is an amazing moment when your fuzz recognizes you as the protective-Mama ferret).
Willow is probably behind developmentally for a ferret because of the fear she was living in. Give her extra time and she ought to grow out of face tasting. Paulie was a nose biter for weeks after I brought him home as a baby. Then he finally learned to give kisses instead of nibbles around the same time he stopped tasting everything else new.
-Kristina Sanity saved by a silver mitt since January 2008.
Graduated from the HF Mentor Program March 3rd, 2009
You've done an amazing job with Willow. Give yourself a pat on the back. A truly wonderful job. I don't think you ever really get over the bite thing (face, lips) Porthos, learned not to bite "his" people but he never extended that pleasure to others. Mr. Squiggly still bites (and unfortunately bites hard) but it's usually to initiate play or give what we call Squiggy love nips . He really doesn't mean to hurt you. It just happens. All of us have received kisses from the little bum, but I'm still nervous about presenting my face to his tender nibbles . Excellent work ciao