Ferret sitting - Any advice?

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NeverSayDie
Ferret sitting - Any advice?

So as of tonight I've baby sitting a male ferret for I have no idea how long. Shouldn't be a big deal right? Little guys so small I could punt him 1/2 way across the block, so what trouble could he really cause?

Well truth be told I don't know squat about ferret's and I'm a bit worried about how he'll get along with my two dogs. I have a male Blue Healer named Kid and a female Chihuahua named Pipsqueak. Pip's in heat right now and Kid's pretty much acting crazy so she stays inside while he's out. My plan is to keep Festus (the ferret) and Kid apart until the hormones go down a notch, but I've already introduced him to Pip through his cage and I think they'll be okay, just not today.

So anyone out there in GuG land ever own a ferret? Any advice on what a new owner/baysitter should expect? Not just reguarding the dogs, but everything in general.

   

   

Hot2na
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NeverSayDie wrote:

 

So anyone out there in GuG land ever own a ferret? Any advice on what a new owner/baysitter should expect? Not just reguarding the dogs, but everything in general.

anime has one. she'd be a great resource for you. i assume it came w/a cage? keep it there! we had one when i was a child. his name was bumper. he was mean, but fun. i always thought it was weird how he would back himself into a corner, any where there was a corner, and do his messy and often smelly business. his playfulness reminded me of the way a feline is playful with a ball of string/yarn.

 

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animestrinity
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Ferrets LOVE to play... so he'll probably play with your dogs... if your dogs don't want to play or don't take to the ferret... keep them apart because the ferret isn't really going to learn to NOT play...

They play hard and crash randomly... they might be bouncing around like crazy one minute and then just fall flat and go to sleep right in the middle of the ground...

It needs exercise, so don't just leave it in it's cage all day...

if you lose the ferret... check all corners and under all the furniture... it's probably asleep and they usually sleep pretty deeply... I could pick mine up, drop and catch it and it wouldn't even budge...

Ask the owner if there's anything special you need to do...

If you're out and about, you can always pick up some yogurt ferret treats... then NOMNOMNOM those like crazy... if you're at the pet store, maybe some ferret spray... I got some, it was in a green spray bottle... smelled like cucumber melon... because... well ferrets have their own... odor... lol

Keep your wallet, keys, anything small up and away from where the ferret might find it...... ferrets are thieves... if your dogs have toys... expect those to get yoinked and hidden... behind/under furniture...corners... yeah... especially if it has a foamy or rubbery consistency...

I found THIS SITE kinda useful... here's an excerpt:

Ferrets must be fed a high quality, dry ferret or kitten food. They enjoy fruit or sweet vegetables as treats. Dairy products, grains and breads, nuts, or similar items must be avoided.

Ferrets have distinctive, engaging personalities and a playful, fastidious nature. They are active animals and should not be caged unless required, though a cage used as a "safe haven" is highly recommended. They are very gregarious and are usually happiest in groups of two or more. Ferrets are extremely curious creatures and will investigate anything and everything. Unfortunately, this curiosity is the leading cause of premature death amongst ferrets. Ferrets sleep eighteen to twenty hours of the day, waking up several times to eat, check their domain, and tend to other needs. Greatest activity occurs during two periods of about two hours beginning just before sunrise and sunset, when they play virtually tirelessly.

Once settled in, ferrets quickly establish their territory and set the house rules: What's theirs is theirs, what's yours is up for grabs. They explore; find and make nests; select and hide treasures. Life's simple pleasures, like bags and boxes, socks (with or without feet), or any rubbery item, appeal to ferrets most. Anything that can be turned over, inside-out, or dragged off, no matter the size, is fair game. In pairs, they prance, dance, wrestle, and hunt down each other, dogs, cats, and people with gleeful chittering. They are there to inspect every activity and supervise every undertaking. A ferret's greatest delight is to outwit a human. When these tiny whirling dervishes tire, they enjoy a warm place to rest, a human lap will do, piling up in groups if possible, with angelic little smiles on their faces which belie the previous hours of mad mayhem. In nature, a ferret acts and reacts like a child of two to four years of age.

Most importantly... they're highly entertaining... they're hilarious to watch... watch your feet... don't sit on it... they like to weave in and out and around you while you walk, and when they sleep, you may not know where... always look before you do anything if it's loose around the house... I also recommend sticking it in the cage while you shower and get dressed...

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CritterKeeper
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OK so now I'm dying to hear some of the "Anime vs ferret" stories :-)

 I want to hear all the ones where the ferret wins! LOL

Be yourself...... Everyone else is taken!

animestrinity
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My mother gave the ferret away a while back... she kept trying to pawn it off on me... like I was going to take it with me when I moved... but I wasn't in the state of being for WANTING a ferret... I love them to death... but I had just lost my hamster and was just... taking a rodent break... I kinda miss him now :(

My first ferret I had... I lost MANY battles... my dad had gotten it for me... and it took me 4 months before I picked it up... and he had it in a cage the whole time so it never got... well... socializing... and it would bite... I mean.. it was lovable... but in certain situations it would bite...

One being when I was in bed... if it snuck under the covers, I'd be woken up by teeth in my leg...

It also loved fresh out of the shower soft skin... that was it's favorite to NOM... especially toes

it wouldn't draw blood, but it wasn't pleasant either..

She loved french fries though... my gramma LOVED giving her french fries...

We also had this adorable harness and leash with a bell on it :) *jingle jingle*

Ferret accessories are the cutest things....

I remember about once a month we would move the couch and find everything behind it that we'd "lost".. it was like christmas!

I wish I had picked her up sooner, because I really did WANT to keep her out of her cage more often than we did... ferrets don't really bite you if you socialize with it every day and let it run around... but after 4 months, that's kinda too late... but I was pretty young so I really didn't know any better

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LBL
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animestrinity wrote:

Once settled in, ferrets quickly establish their territory and set the house rules: What's theirs is theirs, what's yours is up for grabs. They explore; find and make nests; select and hide treasures. Life's simple pleasures, like bags and boxes, socks (with or without feet), or any rubbery item, appeal to ferrets most. Anything that can be turned over, inside-out, or dragged off, no matter the size, is fair game.


My stepdaughter has two ferrets and she tells me they are always hiding stuff.  She calls them thieves. 

 

 

 

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snazzy
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we had a ferret too. was so fun! they stink but theye a hoot! besides what anime said i just want to add  that if you have a reclining chair becareful too. they love to curl up and hide and sleep in spaces youd never think to look and if you recline they may get caught and injured on the mechanics of the chair. i think that was the leading cause of ferret deaths according to a book we purchased with the ferret.

 

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juliek
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 My daughter had 2 ferrets, (couldn't be one), about 5 years ago, Boy were they CRAZY!!! Anime hit it right on the head when she said they would randomly crash into things. I mean they'd pick up as much speed as they could and run into each other, and wrestle and crash into whatever was in their path! They will get into any small area that they can find, so if you are doing any renovating, be very careful that they don't have any access to it. They sell this tubing that kinda reminds me of that dryer venting stuff that is accordion-like, and the ferret should enjoy that. That's if you're into spending any money. They sell a bunch of odor removal products, but I never found one that worked very well, so light some incense and save some money.

 When they get a little older they develop some health issues, but what animals don't?

  The other thing about ferrets is that they can successfully breed with European polecats because they are very closely related to them. So if you want to do something a little different with your ferret...well, maybe not...juliek

snazzy
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juliek wrote:
They sell a bunch of odor removal products, but I never found one that worked very well, so light some incense and save some money.

 When they get a little older they develop some health issues, but what animals don't?

 

we couldnt get rid of the smell either. we bathed ours in a special shampoo made just for ferrets but 2 hours later it wore off. and our ferret ended up with nerve and spine problems which i guess caused seizures. we had to put her down.

 

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Wonderland
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the ex-ex had a ferret for a bit.  i remember it's hyperactivity but i also remember it being a lovable little thing.  it liked the attention it got.  and like anime and others have said, i remember it hiding things all the time.  he also had a beagle at home and had to keep them apart.  mainly because the dog was freaked out by how crazy the ferret would act...

 

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animestrinity
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THIS SITE was pretty cool when I found it a good while back... it explains the really cool noises ferrets make... and the SPEEDBUMP.... I tried to mention that earlier but forgot what it was called to better describe it...  Along with the Weasel War Dance lol... it's a good short little blurb about ferret behavior...

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