I'm glad this was brought up becasue i just started having the same problem with Peri. He/she is very dominant...although i believe he is a boy. anyway, the past couple of playtimes (I try to hold them on my hand for a while each playtime) he has started to bite/chew on the flesh of my hand. Bleu bites on my fingernails, i think he is curious, but Peri bites on my flesh. I will try these methods. Raffia sounds good. You know the handles on a paper gift bag? alot of times they are raffia, it kind of looks like a paper rope. you can unwrap and use it as a "ribbon" for gifts, etc. I will try some things i read here.