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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-10-2007, 02:49 AM Thread Starter
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What are the three main things YOU would say that a new ferret owner should know and understand before buying a ferret?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-10-2007, 07:52 AM
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I don't own a ferret but I know they are like having 3 year olds...LOL

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I dont own a ferret either.. but ive known other people that have had them.. so i can tell you from there mistakes..
1) There not cats.. alot of people seem to think there just like cats and there not.

2) Invest in a jewelery box with a lock.. heh i dunno if all ferrets do this, but my friends ferret likes to collect shiny things, especially jewelery! and they can get into anything.. so borrow 2 year old from someone for a couple days, to see how much stuff they get into.. and then multiply that by like a million!

3) two ferrets.. left in a very small room with a heat vent open and the door closed... very sad ending



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I don't have a ferret either. But my friend does.
First, yes, indeed they like make-up and jewelry and things.
Ferrets cannot survive in the wild and will die within days if not found.
Please read this is a ferret is indeed right for you.
Ferrets - basic information - owning a ferret- Article on Pets.ca


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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-11-2007, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies- I have read many articles on line and I am very much aware of the needs of a Ferret - but I would still to hear from a Ferret owner.... for they know about these animals from personal experience and that is the best kind of experience in my book.

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I have three ferrets. Here are my top three things:

1) They are poop machines, and are difficult to get litter trained. You'll have to spend a great amount of time on this and realize that some ferrets will never be completely litter trained. My three are, thankfully -- but I spent a ton of time on them.

2) Ferret proofing a room is a must -- it's not as hard as people say, I just think people are very ignorant and not attentive to detail. Just keep things high up off the floor on tables/counters/etc., make sure there's no small holes they can escape from along the floor/wall, and make sure there's nothing they can climb that's in the vicinity(1-2 feet) of your tables and things that are high up. Not much to it.

3) They will have vet complications and are expensive. I went to the vet the other day for one of my ferrets who had some very questionable poop and kept producing a lot of ear wax even though I'd clean his ears every three days. It cost $189 dollars for the visit(then again, I went to a very good vet in a very rich area -- I trust him) for just one ferret. Thankfully, I can afford whatever costs the vet will ever need so I have the joy of providing a home to these awesome animals. I had the $$ before I got the animals. So many people give up ferrets because they just don't understand what they're getting into when they get them.

So yeah, lots of poop, secure the area, and know that vets are expensive and that they will have problems. Good luck.
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thats some good advice Tman!


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I also have ferrets so I thought I would chime in with my adivce

1. That they need a high quality food. One that the first two at least are whole meat, not by products. That the food doesnít contain corn. And to stay away from Marshallís food which a lot of new ferret owners end up getting.
2. I would say that the need to let your ferret out every single say for a least 4 hours is a must and to not get one if you canít do that.
3. And lastly as was said before that ferret proofing is a never ending job and you need to observe your ferret to see what they will get into.

Hope that helps a little
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-18-2007, 12:16 AM
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Hello, at one time I had 7 ferrets( I rescued 3) many years later I now have only one Nelly a real sweet heart. Yes I agree that ferrets are very hard to litter train, they love to steal, and males are alot more laid back. I actually mix two different foods together(science diet kitten formula and a high quailty ferret blend, can't remember the name at this moment) Also stay away from ferret food made from fish, they will actually smell worst!
My 3 things are - most ferrets aren't that cuddly-let ferrets be ferrets, never known one to actually wear clothes!- invest in a good tunnel system, then make most of their toys( you buy an expenive toy and they play w/ the box!). But despite all the stuff you have read or heard THEY WILL STEAL YOUR HEART! And last but not least noone or nothing loves life more than a ferret--can't be depressed around a fur baby --they will not allow that!
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