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4/4/05 10:10 AM
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Elvis
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I know it's not a herp... but I got a pet Ferret on the weekend.  She is an 18 month old silver Ferret.  A real sweety and lots of fun.  I'll have to take some pics for you guys.  Anyone else here ever had a pet ferret?

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4/4/05 10:26 PM
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Now if you can't get a rat for Leon you've got a backup meal. LOL.
4/5/05 9:09 AM
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Get outa here... Sheesh, that's why I breed my own mice... so I don't have that problem.  Actually got a new "humane" rat trap.  Pretty cool.  Caught my first rat and humanely fed it to my snake.  :)

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4/8/05 5:54 PM
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I have not. Would like to see the picks.
4/9/05 3:21 PM
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Ya, we had to start breeding feeders too after it got to $35 per week to buy them. LOL at humanely feeding a rat to a snake.
4/11/05 9:37 PM
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It's ok Josh, I drowned the rat first! ;) (Safety for the snake first).  I'll get some pics and have them posted.  She is really cool.

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4/12/05 4:57 PM
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Drowning is a good idea. I have just been slamming mine against the table. Drowning sounds much cleaner. Have you posted any pics of Leon? I really like diamonds. That will probably be one of my next snakes. They are pretty hard to come by in the states though.
4/12/05 10:07 PM
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Here are some pics of Ophelia which are on the Ferret Association page (where I got her from).  I took these pics when I got her home...

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4/12/05 10:11 PM
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I know Spank has some old pics of Leon on his website.  I'm not sure how to find them as I've misplaced the URL for them.  Hopefully he'll see this and find them for me (if he still has them on there).

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4/13/05 8:15 AM
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Interesting little buggers. I'm curious to see how you say they are on a day to day basis.
4/13/05 10:07 AM
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What do you want to know?

When she's in her cage, she mostly sleeps, eats and poops.  Runs around a bit, but not much.

When she's out of the cage she's either really excited running around and bouncing off everything in play mode, or she's investigating every corner, nook and cranny.  She is very inquisitive.  She is a adorable and kinda like a cross between a puppy and a kitten.

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4/13/05 9:05 PM
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Interesting. They need to be outta cage every day? Big cage? Eat dog food or cat food? I realize I could just google this, man am I lazy ;-)
4/14/05 12:48 PM
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Be careful of letting her near windows and balconies. Ferrets have really poor depth perception (that's why they're always running into things) and it's not unknown for them to run off of balconies or jump out of windows (having clawing their way through the mesh screen) and falling to their deaths. I heard you should really get two as they need company and get lonely. Also females should be spayed as they can get some disease (can't remember the details) if they go into heat and don't get impregnated - the disease is usually fatal. I think you can also feed ferrets cat food - they have similar nutritional requirements. Whole mice and rats are closer to what they eat in the wild but it's more convenient if they get used to dry food if you're planning on traveling with her, etc.
4/14/05 6:38 PM
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That's a cute harness. I assume the bell is to find her if she runs off and hides in some out-of-the-way place?
4/14/05 8:34 PM
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Ok here we go...

Yes, you should get your ferret out everyday and play with it.  They are a very social animal.

It is normally best to get two ferrets so they can keep each other company.  The reason I have one is that is was brought up alone and likes people and not other ferrets.  It is a rescue from the local welfare society.  She is happy by herself, because I work from home, I can giver her the extra attention she requires.

Ferrets need a high protien diet.  They are carnivores like cats.  Usually a good quality cat food is acceptable, though there are some good ferret foods out there.  Dog food is no-no.

Don't worry, I am on the ground floor and keep a constant eye on her when she is out of her cage.  The yellow harness and the bell are so that I can constantly keep track of her when she's out of the cage.  I take the harness off when she goes back into the cage.

My cage is fairly large.  About 3ft high, 3ft wide and a foot & a half deep.  It has three levels, some hammocks, a bed, litter tray, feed dishes, water bottles, tunnels and toys.  I probably go over the top.

All ferrets from the society are neuteured.  All pet ferrets should be neuteured for their own health.

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4/16/05 5:06 AM
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Oh boy... "Yes, you should get your ferret out everyday and play with it" hehe i just can't touch this one.... Damn i've been searching and can't find any Leon pics at the moment.. I know i have a bunch of them somewhere, i'll post em as soon as i find em again.
5/7/05 1:24 AM
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"Dog food is no-no." why is that?
5/7/05 3:34 AM
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Ferrets do have a musk sent.  I don't find it that bad though.  If they're desexed (which they should be anyway) they don't smell as much.  If you was the ferret once a fortnight or once a month and wash their bedding weekly it helps with the odour.  It really isn't that bad at all.  Best thing to do is go to a Ferret society meeting and meet some ferrets and find out for yourself.  That's what I did.

Ferrets, like cats, are obligate carnivores.  Dogs are ominvors with a carniverous tendancy.  Dog food has way to much other stuff (carbs, etc).  Cat food should be high in protien and fat.  You should make sure that it's high quality cat food as well (or ferret specifc food which I also use).  Ferrets have a specialised and shorter digestive tract designed for meat.

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5/14/05 11:45 AM
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Ferrets do have a scent to them but it can be controlled to a certain degree. A big thing is keeping the litter area clean, not letting it build up. Some think because the ferret stinks a bath helps, and it does in the short run, however, once they get bathed they lose their natural oils etc. and therefore tend to stink up faster. They're pretty cool to have around. They will find the slightest opening that you may have overlooked when 'ferret-proofing' your place. They tend to hit the walls in every room and just work the perimeter looking for a way out.
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Yup, that's what Ophelia does.  Loves tunnelling under clothes n stuff.


*Actually Kitten food is better than Cat food because it is slightly  higher in protien and fat which Ferrets require.

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5/23/05 10:29 AM
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Updated pics...

This what I did to her cage...

Elvis

PS. Where's Daisy?

5/24/05 1:07 AM
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Wow nice! Daisy is obviously being eaten by that savage beast ferret
5/24/05 1:12 AM
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my best bud had one, it was a riot
5/24/05 9:27 AM
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Thanks guys... :)  Yeah Ophelia goes nuts when let out of the cage.  Kirra is terrified of Ophelia.  Daisy tries to play with her, but I get worried when she starts batting her around with her paws... :)

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My girl has two ferrets, let me know if you have any questions about your ferret or ferret care (i havent read all the posts above so please reask if you have already asked something)

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