Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Middle of Nowhere (AL)
When i first purchased 1 of my two boys, the ferret was extremely tiny. I figured so but when i went to the vet for his first shots the ferret only weighed about 1.5 lbs which is not that small but compared to my other ferret which weighed about 2.3 lbs, he looked a little small to me. The vet also confirmed that my ferret was a little to small but not in the dangerous zone.
After keeping the small ferret for a couple of weeks, the next time i went in for the next set of distemper shots my ferret weighed about 2.2 lbs and the last time when he got his rabies shot he weighed 3 lbs while my other ferret (the larger one in the beginning) weighed the same (2.3 lbs).
There is nothing that i did different but fed my ferrets the best quality food that i could find them. I feed my ferrets 8 in 1 Ultimate, Innova, TheFerretStore.com Superior Choice Natural Ferret Diet, and Royal Canin kitten food. All of these foods are a bit pricey but it is worth it. I think it was the lack of protein and other essentials in the marshall ferret food that the petstore had them on before i got the ferrets.
Now if the ferret is overweight which 2 lbs does not sound overweight to me but i am still new to the ferret business. I think average females are suppose to weigh 1-3 lbs and boys weigh about 3-5 lbs. If the ferret is overweight then it may be due to not enough exercise, how long do you play with your ferret? Does your ferret have someone (ferret buddy) to play with when you do not or when your not there?
I talked to my vet when my ferret got to 3 lbs and asked how do i know he is not getting overweight now and the vet said as long as when the ferret runs, the belly is not hitting or rubbing against the floor. I would imagine a ferret would have to be pretty big to do that. Could be that whoever/whatever had the ferret before was not feeding it correctly and now you are seeing what the ferret is suppose to weigh like when fed good foods. I don't think i would worry about it unless it got past 3-4 lbs.
Oh, also about the treats. I have one ferret that will eat ANYTHING while my other ferret is the most picky little fuzzy ever. I think he just doesn't like treats because he is unfamiliar with it. It took my picky ferret a while before he would lick ferretone now he is running at me when i open the bottle. I kept putting the stuff on his belly so he had to lick it off. Now i'm trying to get him to try other treats but putting a few drops of ferretone over some other treat whenever the ferret does a good deed. Not really to sure how its going but even if he doesn't wanna try new treats at least i got ferretone he will enjoy.
Last edited by gto_cowgirl; 07-30-2004 at 10:22 AM.