Monday, whist Furbie was on M´s lap, M was bit by Furbie. No mark or blood was left. Taking into account that 10 mins earlier M was feeding her some Romaine and was not petting her at the time I can only presume that Furbie thought M was a nice peice of green vegetation and wanted a taste. She could have been grooming M as they get on so well and Furbie has groomed me. Or could Furbie have been saying "Oi! Love me! NOW!"
Never the less we had tears to which M´s sympathetic mother (me) exclaimed, "Shut up theres no blood. Don´t expect Furbie back until you have stopped making that noise." Furbie was promptly taken away and cuddled by me until the noise had seized. Furbie was not startled in anyway and was still chattering away when I removed her form M´s lap and continued to chatter.
I did explain the above to M who has understood it and would still value your opinions, after all when you were 8+ your mum spouted a load of rubbish.
Today Furbie was on M´s shoulder, chatting away and M claimed she was eating her hair so placed her down on the sofa. I think Furbie is grooming M and see´s her as a great big G.P. pal and is showing her lots of affection, plus m´s hair is due for a wash tonight!
Please let me know what your opinions/experiences are of this topic. I would like to proove that I am a smarty pants but I will also take on board that this smart arse is not so smart!
Wet hair they love to eat. Some will go for dry hair too. Furbie could consider her another pig. Many pigs like to barber each other.
Is Furbie an only pig?
No Furbie is not an only pig and is settling in well with Tribble our 16mth old female, although Tribble is partial to display´s of Rumblestrutting for Furbies attention. If she is eating hair and not grooming will she get hairballs etc.
One of my pigs REFUSES to accept that my body parts are not edible. She is always hopefully giving a gentle nibble on the off chance I have transformed.
Cadbury also used to nip me gently when he was sitting on my lap, and I stopped patting him.
How do you discourage biting? They want under my chin and then nip at my face. I can´t let them keep doing that!
Around here we always consider the possibility of pigs having mites. It makes them cranky, irritable, and more likely to bite.
If you haven´t read about mange mites, you might take a look.