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The Ferret Drawer

Discussion in 'Exotic Mammals' started by CrazyK9, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. CrazyK9

    CrazyK9 Good Dog


    Center is Cali, left is Dizzy, top is Maggie, right is Molly and on the bottom is the big stud Zorro.
    Only one not in there is my boy Stewie. The M girls are my friends. I'm watching them while he is out of town.

    (Those are doggie diapers in there btw... in case anyone thinks they are in my clothes lol)
  2. omgrobyn

    omgrobyn GRCH Dog

    Awesome. I let my 2 old farts out last night and found them in my sock drawer this morning with a razor, 2 toothbrushes and a Kong.

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  3. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    I heard they are famous for steeling things! LOL

    I have always heard that they stink, do they?
  4. omgrobyn

    omgrobyn GRCH Dog

    I know mine love to steal.

    As for the smell.. eh. They kind of have a ferrety, musky aroma. I could see them reeking if you don't keep their cages and hammocks clean and empty out their litter box on the regular.

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  5. Jamielvsaustin

    Jamielvsaustin Good Dog

    Don't a lot of pet stores descent them?

    I worked at a small family owned pet store a decade ago and that's what we told people. Whether it was really done or not-I have no idea.

    I have to admit, I was a little scared by the ferrets at first. It feels like they don't have a spine...they can bend and twist and are sometimes fast.
  6. CrazyK9

    CrazyK9 Good Dog

    Descenting does nothing to remove their natural musky odor. Its pointless IMO.
    They do stink but I dont mind it lol. Its only overwhelming if you hold them right up to your nose and take a big whiff.
    I have 4 litterboxes around my room and in their cage. I try to clean them out twice a day otherwise it does get rather stinky in here. I've also got an air purifier and a few plug in deodorizers lol.

    As far as stealing, I don't leave anything around they can steal. They do like to stash theyre toys and food places though!

    All these guys are Marshall ferrets unfortunately. Mine are craigslist rehomes but my friend bought from Petco. So all of these guys have tattoos. One dot for spay/neuter and one for decenting. Its done before they go to pet stores... and at a way too early age which is part of the reason why they have so many health problems in my opinion. That and diet and light sensitivity.
  7. CrazyK9

    CrazyK9 Good Dog

    A razor? Omg that would scare me lol

    Ugh I can't edit my previous post but I put "they're" instead of "their" ....pet peeve of mine and I did it. Dammit.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2013
  8. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    I've heard they like shiny things...car keys in particular :-)
  9. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    Yea I'd be pretty scared of an animal running around with a razor..shit he may steal a knife lol
  10. Swolf

    Swolf Little Dog

    Too cute! The one on the far left reminds me of one of the two boys I used to have (lost to adrenal sadly).
    Cool little guys but I swear I'll never get another. Too expensive, my house can never be ferret proof, and I'm not much on litter boxes.
  11. ignitethis

    ignitethis Good Dog

    Are ferrets like... wingless magpies or something? Lol.

    We had a ferret in ag class who was an awesome little dude. SOMEDAY, I shall have one. Or five :) Along with rats and bunnies and birds and dogs (coincidentally, I have a thing for terriers and sighthounds) and horses.
  12. CrazyK9

    CrazyK9 Good Dog

    Yeah I said I was going to get just 2 but I saw this family had 4 and I couldn't split them up. She was origionally offering to split them up because she figured no one in their right mind would take all four but then I came along hahaha

    I don't think I'll ever be without ferrets again. They are just so much fun.
  13. GoingPostal

    GoingPostal Good Dog

    They are pretty cute when they all pile up like that, at our old apartment mine were always sleeping behind my stove.

    How about a light colored ferret pile?

    They don't stay cute and sleepy for long!
  14. CrazyK9

    CrazyK9 Good Dog

    Dawww :) Stewie is my only light colored one.

  15. Jamielvsaustin

    Jamielvsaustin Good Dog

    GP that second picture is awesome!

    Do you have to clip their nails? How long do they typically live? What kind of vet care is required (vaccines?)? Husbandry maintenance? How often are they bathed? Do they like it? General personality/disposition?

    Like I mentioned I worked in a pet store (for a short period prior to joining the military)...but I was a baby, and looking back-even though the owner really tried to educate his staff...at the end of the day in a store setting, you're only maintaining the animals not really trying to provide enrichment or anything like that.
  16. CrazyK9

    CrazyK9 Good Dog

    I clip the pack's nails once a week. When I got mine it was clear it had been months since they had them done. :/ I don't bathe my guys but I throw them in the tub for a rinse off about once a month. They hate it lol.

    My first two lived to be 8. I think that's pretty average. Though, with all the health problems they get it can be cut shorter than that. Adrenal disease, insuloma, diabetes...

    They require distemper and rabies vaccines. I still haven't taken mine to the vet. I know its going to cost a fortune but I also know I need to keep on eye on their health since the things I mentioned are so prevalent in ferrets.

    Ferrtes, for me, aren't interactive pets. Theyre kind of a watch and enjoy pet lol. My boys like being held and having their heads scratched but the girls hate it. They love exploring new things. Theyre pretty fearless, curious creatures. I have a ball pit for them, a dig box with newspaper and lots of toys but they get bored of all of them quickly so I try to keep changing things up.
  17. CrazyK9

    CrazyK9 Good Dog

    This is the cage I have for them.

    ...and my room is pretty much covered in blankets to keep the less litter trained ones from going in corners or under the dressers lol.

    Gate I made to keep them out of the doorway. Yeah I have a screen door lol. It gets hot in this room so I can't close the door but I have to keep the cats out.
  18. GoingPostal

    GoingPostal Good Dog

    I don't really recommend them as pets for most people. They are really fun and a blast to watch but they really are not cage animals, they are smart and need a lot of time out and enrichment. They are pretty hard on their environment, carpet scratchers, messy with food and litter, not 100% potty trained, noisy, not really cuddly so a lot of people are just unhappy with them once they get them. They do obviously smell like a ferret, a good diet and upkeep keep it down though. I only have two now and raw fed and they don't smell much at all.

    Plus they are super unhealthy. I don't bother vaccinating, the chances of a ferret getting rabies is pretty slim and recent distemper outbreaks in shelters have shown that vaccine is just about useless for them. Save your money on shots because you will spend it on adrenal disease, insulinoma, lymphoma, blockages etc. You don't even want to know what I've spent vetting these little monsters. I have lost several at 4-5 years old but they can make it to 8-10. I never bathe mine. Nails grow super fast, I try to clip weekly.

    Here's my current two, Hannibal is the darker male, he's 3 or so, Pandora is the lighter one and 7 years old.
  19. omgrobyn

    omgrobyn GRCH Dog

    THIS. Ugh.

    Generally they live 3-8 years. I've got a 6 year old and an 8 year old. So far everything is good with the younger one. Steve started showing signs of adrenal disease last year, hello vet bills. I bathe him here and there when he gets stinky, Carl is far lower maintenance. Nails once a week is a must or they start getting caught in their hammocks.

    I love ferrets. They're just so much work.

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  20. xchairity_casex

    xchairity_casex Good Dog

    Ferrets are so adorable and silly! I love other peoples Ferrets, but wouldn't own one myself-they are too busy for me!

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