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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-15-2005, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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Can one ferret live happily by itself? I can really only afford to take care of one ferret the way it needs to be taken care of, so can one live happily by itself? My manager has just one and we've decided if I get one that everyday that we both work together, we're going to bring our ferrets to play with one another. One of my coworkers has two and she said she would bring hers once or twice a week as well... And he will be out of the cage almost the entire night that I'm home and can watch him. Would this be a suitable arrangement for a ferret when two ferrets isn't really an option since I can't afford two right now? Am I being selfish? I don't really think I have to worry about anyone else's ferrets giving mine anything b/c they are all up to date on their shots, are given flea preventative, and are played with constantly so if they have any sickness, hopefully it would be noticed as soon as the problem arises.

What is a good flea preventative for ferrets? I've been told one drop of advantage per pound of pet.

What size cage should I get? Does anyone know of anyone who makes cages for ferrets? I like the ones at craftycreatures.com but I can't get them to answer my email...

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-15-2005, 12:52 AM
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I don't know a whole lot about ferrets, but I owned one many years ago and he did perfectly fine by himself. He had full run of the house, and I played with him every night. I also got one of those little harneshes and took him for nightly walks. I had a friend who owned a solo ferret as well, and he lived for many years happily. I think you'll be fine.
No clue on the flea stuff, but the cages...... I would look at garage sales, flea market and thrift stores even for a big one. Bigger is definitely better. My friend had a three story homemade cage, and the ferret loved it beyonds words. They really like hammocks and little tubes and stuff to play in. Have fun and good luck.

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Ferrets can do fine alone but they require a lot more attention and companionship from you every day. I would prefer to keep a pair or trio of ferrets as they really thrive that way and they have a blast together during playtime.

You can use Revolution for treating fleas in ferrets (use the small puppy/kitten size). I've never used Advantage so can't comment on whether it's safe or not.

And for cages, the bigger the better! They really prefer height to width and my boys are kept in a 5-story Super Pet ferret kingdom. Also I sent you a PM!


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