All ferrets teethe when they are young. When ferrets teethe, they are trying to relieve the pain and discomfort of their teeth growing in. It is not a sign of viciousness. Young ferrets need soft, yet firm things to grind their teeth and gums on. They will slowly stop teething by the time they are around four months old.
A plastic toy, a finger and the rubber sole of a shoe, have all been victims of the teething process. Ferrets can also painfully attempt to teeth on the metal wires of a cage if there is nothing else to teethe on. Young ferrets will teethe, which creates a danger that a young ferret will ingest something that will cause an intestinal obstruction.
To prevent ferret teething and reduce the risk of destruction and injury, here are some tips:
1.Provide chew toys: Offer your ferret a variety of safe and durable chew toys to satisfy its chewing instincts. Hard plastic toys, rawhide chews, and rubber toys are all good options.
The Super Chew is perfect for young ferrets to teethe, gnaw and slobber on. Ferrets seem to enjoy the taste. If a piece breaks off and is accidentally ingested, it is safe for a ferret’s digestion.
The same thing cannot be said of rubber or plastics. Providing a safe teething toy is a necessity. If a ferret can teethe sufficiently, he will be less likely to teethe on you or something dangerous. Once a ferret is grown, he will no longer require a teething toy.
2.Encourage healthy chewing: Encourage your ferret to chew on appropriate items by offering positive reinforcement, such as treats and praise, when it chews on its toys.
3.Limit access to inappropriate items: Ferrets should be supervised when they are out of their cage to prevent them from chewing on hazardous items, such as electrical cords and furniture. Consider using cord covers and baby gates to limit access to dangerous areas.
4.Regular dental care: Regular dental checkups and cleaning can help maintain your ferret’s oral health and prevent tooth problems that can lead to destructive chewing.
5.Consider getting multiple ferrets: Having multiple ferrets can help to reduce destructive chewing, as ferrets tend to play with each other and chew on toys together.
By providing your ferret with plenty of opportunities to chew on appropriate items, you can help prevent teething-related destruction and keep your ferret safe and healthy.