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PostSubject: Ferrets!   Sat 20 Feb 2010, 2:33 pm

Oh looky ... a whole new section where I can post pics!

I also share my life with ferrets - another species/breed of animal that savages small children! Oh except in reality they don't. I started keeping ferrets .... well lets just say years ago! Last year a "kind friend" gave out my number to people saying I was a rescue so my numbers increased.



They all live outside in a combination of sheds and runs ... that has expanded since the pic was taken.


They come inside to play (read create chaos)












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PostSubject: Re: Ferrets!   Sat 20 Feb 2010, 2:39 pm

i love ferrets awesome pets although ive never been owned by one
im loving their run outside thats ace .
thank you for sgaring them with us they are awesome especially the one not letting the cat off the sofa the cats face is a picture lol xx
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PostSubject: Re: Ferrets!   Sat 20 Feb 2010, 3:29 pm

Oh wow look at all them and awesome names.

The cat pic is brilliant and had me laughing.

The run is fantastic too.
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PostSubject: Re: Ferrets!   Sat 20 Feb 2010, 3:39 pm

Wow - they're gorgeous! I bet they are so much fun to have around! I love the outside run too, it's amazing! Great photos.
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PostSubject: Re: Ferrets!   Sat 20 Feb 2010, 3:45 pm

Great pictures

Loving the pic with the cat too - love the cats facial expression lol!

Rebecca (my daughter) has asked about getting a ferret but I've never owned one so always been a bit wary - lol
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PostSubject: Re: Ferrets!   Sat 20 Feb 2010, 3:45 pm

They all look stunning and look like they are having so much fun.
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PostSubject: Re: Ferrets!   Sat 20 Feb 2010, 7:37 pm

Wendy wrote:
Great pictures
Rebecca (my daughter) has asked about getting a ferret but I've never owned one so always been a bit wary - lol

Ferrets make great pets BUT they are hard work in many ways.

Ferrets are sociable animals and live better in pairs or groups. Sometimes rescues do have ferrets that do not get on with each other so it is possible to keep just one.

Females (jills) need to be spayed as if they are left in season they can develop anaemia and infections which can be life threatening.
Males (hobs) need to be castrated to live in groups and to reduce the odour. Neutered ferrets do smell but then again so do we! The smell is minimal though - Uneutered ferrets especially males STINK.
The cost of neutering is about £50-£100 depending on where in the country. I have just coughed up £400 for the kits handed over last year.

Ferrets are carnivores and need a meat based diet.
You can buy ferret biscuits (£6 for 2kg) but it is advised this diet is supplemented with raw meat (chicken on the bones, fatty mince, rabbit etc is all fine).
They do not do well on cat food or dog food as the protein content is too low. They do not eat grains, vegetables or fruit.
Hungry ferrets do bite and this is partly why young ferrets are handed over as they need plenty of meat when young.

Kits will and can bite so require patience, kindness and consistency to learn that humans are nice creatures and not to live in fear. For this reason well socialised adults are recommended for first time owners. Bites hurt! Nips can hurt too but personally I don't stop nipping as its part of a ferrets communication and play.

Ferrets are sociable creatures and need a couple of hours free running time every day. The area needs to be ferret proofed as much as possible. They don't chew but they do climb and dig and have no inclination to tidy up. They love human play times.

The minimum cage size according to the animal welfare act is 6ft x 2 ft hutch space with 6ft x 4ft attached run per pair of ferrets. So we are talking the larger hutches you get online or a converted shed. I personally prefer them outside as they are happier and healthier in my experience but they are popular indoor pets. Specific indoor cages need to be bought online - no smaller than “The Explorer”, “Ferret Nation” or “Furet Tower”. Jenny rage cages are NOT big enough. You are looking at £100-£200 for accommodation though you can build your own.

Ferrets are fab - they are like immortal kittens/pupppies but they do take up time and you do need the patience of a saint.

Oh and the dogs are terrified of the smelly bitey hooligans!
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