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I have an 8 month old male ferret who wont stop scratching my carpets. i have tried all methods including ferretone and bitter apple but it does nt seem to curb the habbit. he's damaging my carpets and as i live in a rented house i cant change the flooring. the landlord has had stern words with me about this and is charging me for the damage. what can i do to prevent him from doing more damage through scratching? he is very stubborn!

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Well, this is what ferrets do - the are naturally diggers and when in a home they tend to dig.  You can place plastic (like the kind you place under a desk chair or plexiglass) on the carpeted areas in which he is digging.  You can also create a place for him to dig, like a tun with play sand or something similar.  Most importantly, I wouldnt leave him unsupervised in the house.

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Ailigh Vanderbush

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I am a certified pet behaviorist and own a consultation business. I can answer questions about all aspects of ferret care, especially behavior problems. I am not a vet, but can direct you to exotic vets if needed. Feel free to check out my web site www.animalia.us

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I have had ferrets for a number of years, have raised kits and have spoken at ferret conferences. I am a certified pet behaviorist and own a consultation business, Animalia.

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IAABC, Circle City Ferret Club

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Ferrets USA

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CABT

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