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New pet ( not a dog)

Discussion in 'Exotic Mammals' started by apbtowner, Apr 15, 2014.

  1. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    I moved this thread to Exotic Mammals Forum.
     
  2. apbtowner

    apbtowner Good Dog

    that's fine, i didn't know there was a section for ferrets but i found it thank you
     
  3. Savage Destiny

    Savage Destiny Big Dog

    Ferrets are easy to litter box train. They have buttloads of personality, TOO MUCH in fact. They're generally huge troublemakers and excellent escape artists and thieves. You absolutely must have a sense of humor and the patience of a saint to own a ferret.

    They don't get scared. They constantly harassed Riddle and all the cats. I had to put them away when I vacuumed because they had no fear and would attack the vacuum. I was always afraid of vacuuming one up.
     
  4. CrazyK9

    CrazyK9 Good Dog

    I almost did that once, vacuum up a ferret. I had the handle out to get in the corners of my bedroom where they spill litter and stash food and one snuck up on me. O.O

    I think they shit quite a bit lol. Probably every 3-5 hours. Then again mine free feed off kibble. And their shit is nasty! I mean I know it would be better on raw and theres form to it but its still gross. Its not hard like a dogs or cats. TMI? Haha! Luckily mine are good about using the litterboxes once I got rid of all tempting corners available. Zorro though... just ugh.
     
  5. apbtowner

    apbtowner Good Dog

    mine uses puppy pads for now til i get a litter box and he's very good about using that so litter training him will be easy. Also they use the bathroom when ever they wake up and mine likes to pretend that he went lol i have to watch him an make sure he actually dose before i let him out
     
  6. Savage Destiny

    Savage Destiny Big Dog

    Ew, my four had nice firm poops. Occasionally one would be soft, though, and man that shit is like CEMENT if you let it dry! Gross gross gross.

    Switching them to raw was a pain in the ass though.
     
  7. Beatrix Kiddo

    Beatrix Kiddo Good Dog

    haha love that yawn pic.
     
  8. GoingPostal

    GoingPostal Good Dog

    Ferrets are little crap machines and how littertrained they are really depends, I've had some who were great, some who were so-so and one who wouldn't use a box at all! At one point I had 7 and mine have their own room and it was so hard keeping it clean between their odor, so many litterpans, food and litter everywhere, omg. They are messy, noisy and can be pretty destructive. I am kind of a neat freak especially with the animals so the ferrets sometimes drive me crazy, like the second you move a litterpan to clean it, they will crap on the floor instead. They have so much personality.

    Dogs-a few of mine liked dogs, more were scared of them, my new guy doesn't seem to like other animals period, he latched onto Ripley's lip when I let them sniff. I don't really let them interact for safety reasons. My oldest dog and my first ferret played together quite a bit though.

    OP Don't be surprised if the new guy doesn't take to raw off the bat, usually you have to switch them since they imprint, you start with soupies and work your way up to chunks. I switched a group of 4 three years ago and switched Hannibal the latest rescue immediately, he didn't come with kibble and he was eating like my other within a couple weeks. Just takes some persistence in the beginning.
     
  9. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    What raw food do they eat? Chicken? Beef?
     
  10. apbtowner

    apbtowner Good Dog

    they can eat chicken, chicken necks, breasts, turkey, turkey necks, chicken gizzard, livers, bone are really good at cleaning there teeth i heard, You can even give them mice, rats, chicks, to eat i would never feed live i would get frozen mice an defrost an feed
     
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  11. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    Oh good Lord I couldn't feed it live mice! Lol guess they are as good as a cat
     
  12. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    They're like what would happen if a cat and a puppy had a baby
     
  13. apbtowner

    apbtowner Good Dog

    i would not feed live either, only frozen
     
  14. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog




    Lol how funny. Are they affectionate? Trainable?
     
  15. apbtowner

    apbtowner Good Dog

    Yes you can train them, they are very smart and affectionate well at least mine is he loves to cuddle and give kisses and hugs, when he plays he is a wild wind up toy lol makes all sorts of dooking noises very cute,
     
  16. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    Well dawn those things sound cool. I may have to look into them. But seeing as they like to run the house,; I don't see the dogs not wanting to eat it. Lol so it would have to be caged most of the time..I was thinking about a cat but maybe I'll think between a cat or ferret. I just don't want something that stinks and sits like guinea pigs. Lol
     
  17. Savage Destiny

    Savage Destiny Big Dog

    Caging a ferret a lot is like caging a cat. They are really not suitable cage animals, they need LOTS of free roam time. Mine were only caged when I wasn't home or asleep, and that was only because they are excellent escape artists. I had to ban mine to the living room and kitchen only after Jenkins figured out he could pull off the hose to the dryer vent and get outside that way.

    Potted plants? Forget it, you'll turn around and every speck of dirt will be spread over the entire surface area of the room. Get ready to child lock any cupboard you don't want them in. They steal things and hoard them too. We had to cut the bottom lining out of our sofa after Noodle stole the insoles to my shoes and stashed them there.

    Opening drawers to find this was a regular occurrence:
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    And I don't know where Raviolli found this, but I had to cut it off him.
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    It never ends.
     

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  18. 123snake123

    123snake123 Puppy

    One of the cutest ferrets I've ever seen


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  19. CrazyK9

    CrazyK9 Good Dog

    Bwahahahaha that picture of Raviolli in the yogurt container is pretty much ferret ownership summed up. They are so much trouble!!
     
  20. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    Well shit I dont now if I want something to the equivalent of a rowdy toddler that I can't beat! they sound like little a devil child. Lol
     

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