This has been going on for so long that I wanted to organize the history and my thoughts here.
We bought the girls in May, and other than a couple of (common) parasite problems (which we quickly cleared up) and vaccinations, the first couple of months were fairly routine. Opal did have an allergic reaction (projectile vomiting, diarhea) about 12-15 hours after her third (and final) distemper vaccine, but this is also considered common, and we can treat her with benadryl or claritin before her next round of vaccines, so it’s fine. Continue reading
Here are a couple of Twitter Videos showing Onyx doing the Weasel War Dance. She gets so excited, she just doesn’t even know what direction she wants to jump!
Our poor Sourdough loaf is congested & coughing today. She always seems to get sick on a Friday, when the vet has limited availability. They’re also closed on weekends. And now Hurricane Irma is approaching; it’s already rumbling outside and we should see the storm itself by tomorrow. But I’m not sure there’s much the vet could do anyway, unless it’s a bacterial infection. So we’ll wait until the storm passes, and if Opal is still sniffly by then, we’ll make an appointment. In the meantime, we’ll make sure she gets plenty of Ferretone, fluids, and rest.
Here’s a short video of the girls playing in our office today.
I spend a few minutes every day working with opal on various tricks. She gets boiled chicken as her reward for each success. She’s got a ways to go, but she’s a good learner.
Apologies for the video freezing part way through, my phone’s been doing that lately.
Given that ferrets have become somewhat popular as pets, the amount of food and treats in stores that have ferrets on the front of the bag (or box) has grown as well. However, not all of these consumables are actually appropriate for ferrets. Unfortunately, a lot of stuff gets sold as “ferret food” or “ferret treats” that are totally inappropriate for our tubular cat-snakes, and can even cause major health problems! In this post, I will cover what to look for when buying kibble, treats, and other prepackaged foods for ferrets, and how to make your own healthy treats at home.
I finally received the last items for the Ferret First Aid kit, so I wanted to take some new photos and show everyone what we’ve got. I also split the kit into two bags: one for medical-related items, and the other for food-related items. I’m extremely glad we put these kits together and brought them with us when we travelled recently, because some of the items came in very handy!
We bought a kiddie pool for the girls, and Onyx loves it! Opal’s not so sure. The video below was actually recorded on June 11, but I forgot to post it to the blog.
While some people allow their ferrets to free-roam in their house, this isn’t something I’m at all comfortable doing. The amount of dust to be found under the furniture is enough to aggravate their highly sensitive respiratory tract, and there are cables and other sensitive items that are dangerous if chewed upon. Even if we invested enormous time and effort into “ferret proofing” the house, there’s really no such thing as ferret proof. Plus, the girls aren’t fully litter trained yet, and I don’t savor the idea of finding poop and pee all over the house. (Or, not finding it, until the smell reeks from several feet away.) Continue reading
One of the things many current and prior ferret owners will tell you is that it’s possible to litter-train ferrets. I’m not sure this is entirely accurate. We’ve had our ferrets for almost two weeks now, and it seems more like you just keep rearranging items in the cage, and modifying the litter box, until the ferrets’ preferred location to poop just happens to be in the litter box.