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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-05-2003, 07:44 PM
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Question Descenting?

I have a question.... If you breed ferrets, do you have to get the babies descented? What is this for?
 
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-05-2003, 08:12 PM
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I'd imagine it would be something that buyers would want done, and it would probably be best done when the ferret is younger. I've got no idea, but I know descented ferrets have a distinct scent to them, I couldn't imagine how over powering they would be pre-descenting!

I'm sure fstybrat can help you out more!
 
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De-scenting... can I be blunt?? Absolutely possitively get them de-scented!! Erin is right ferrets have a natural musky order. Many people in fact really think they stink... maybe I am just used to it because I don't really smell them (unless I neglect their cage )
The reason for getting a ferret de-scented is to reduce the odor for one and both male & female (but especially males) have scent glands in their rear and they tend to spray like a skunk when they feel threatened or are marking territory. Being descented is removing those scent glands so they can no longer spray.

I have never come across anyone not wanting to have a ferret de-scented... also as for the breeding part goes:

Females MUST be spayed before they reach their first heat (usually around 6 months) or it could actually be a hazard to their health. I will find a site for you with info on this.

I know here in MN it is illegal for most pet stores to sell ferrets that are not already de-scented & spayed/neutered.
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I agree with Fsty, however the shelter we got meesha and mackey from don't do it, they spay/neuter but refuse to descent, something to do with the scent decreasing upon neutering/spaying I really don't know, all I know is the scent is basically like a cat or dogs "anal glands. However the 2 we got were brought there by a couple who had them as babies, so I am still under the impression theg are descented, I know Mookie is, and I can't tell a real difference between them, but they do have a natural "musky" smell to them however with proper bathing and cage cleaning (hubby forgets that part sometimes) their "musky" scent is almost zip to none


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I have never heard of the scent decreasing by spay/neutering?? That is what the scent glands are all about (de-scenting).

Do either of your fuzz butts have tatoos (usually just a dot) in or on the back of either ear? I know Marshall Farms does this to indicate that they have been descented & fixed. so if both have been done (by Marshall's) there would be 2 dots. That is of course providing they are from there.

Sometimes you can tell there was scaring done but most of the time once the fur grows back you can't.

I wold almost bet any amount of money that both have been done. Trust me you would notice a difference!
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Fsty, that is what I thought was weird when the shelter was trying to tell us that...... Yeah I know Marshall Ferrets have the 2 dots, because Mookie is one, but neither meesha nor mackey have them


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