Post by mustelidmusk on Jul 26, 2008 12:47:11 GMT -5
WOW!!!! I'm dooking and dancing and so are my brats !!!
I just invented a new foraging cup tht cost about $1.00 - and it's VERY EASY to make!!!!!
Not oly are they great treat cups, they also stink nicely for little twitching noses!!!! My brats were hising and tail-thrashing over this
Materials: ------------ 1. One cow hoof section - $0.99 (plus tax) I bought mine at Pet Smart, but the pet sores that carry things like bully sticks, pigs ears, and all those other parts usually carry them. These are those crescent-shaped hoof pieces. 2. String and/or S-hook or old key chain ring or heavy wire (such as a cut up coat hanger....I used an old metal shower curtain hook. It just needs to be be something rou can use to hang the hoof with.
Instructions: ---------------- SIngle-hoof section cup: The crescent-shaped hoof section has a toe, which is cup-like and an hold a few treats. It also has a heel at the opposite end. Drill a hole in the heel of the hoof. Thread your string, wire, s-hook - (or whatever you'll be using to hang the cup) through the hol and hang the up in your ferret's cage of somewhere in the room.
Don't have a drll??? I bet a freind/neighbor has one!!!
Double-hoof section cup: I plan to buy another hoof section as follows: My current hoof section curves to the right. If I buy a second one that curves to the left, the 2 sections can be hung side-by-side on the same ring with their their stuffable cups facng ach other. Both hoof sections can then be stuffed with treats, and the ferrets will have to push the hoof sections apart to access the treats.
Your ferrets will go nuts over the smell of the cup alone.
Recommended treats should be thinner pieces- the following work well:
Please see the post in treats for foraging cups for more ideas!
PLEASE NOTE = if you have a dog, you'll need to keep the cup in a cage with the door closed. Otherwise, your dog will steal the cup and eat it...idog's love hooves, actaully a great source of nutrition - especially for dogs with arthritis, hips/joint problems. If you get hooves for your dog, you'll want to keep the hoves outside since the dogs will get the hooves good and slimey/sticky/messy. The hooves ***STINK*** horribly when they get soggy - not good house toys for dogs!!!
I'll try to get some pics. and have Giuli or somebody post them since to this thread. Photo bucket is incompatible with some other application on our computer