Most of the ferrets that I have written about have come to me through typical rescues-But three ferrets came to me through a chain of events that I am still amazed by.
Zeus and his friend Fred arrived at the Bay Area Humane Society (BAHS) at 7pm on Thursday June 6, 2002. According to the people surrendering them, they had become too time consuming and expensive to care for. It was mentioned that Zeus had a rough January, vomiting and losing weight. They also said that they had “nursed him through”. They gave the impression that he had recovered. Neither ferret had ever seen a veterinarian.
In early May 1996, I had a dream. I dreamt of waking up, opening the bedroom curtain, and seeing a ferret standing on its hind legs with its front paws against the screen, waiting to be let in. I told some of my friends that another ferret was coming.
My name is Hildy and I live at a ferret shelter. Like the other ferrets here, I had a home before this. In my case, the person I lived with left me at a veterinarian’s office when he found out I needed surgery. The vet called my current mom because he knew she does ferret rescue and runs a shelter. She approved my surgery and gave me my beautiful new name (before I was “Anus”). Then I came to the ferret shelter as a permanent resident because of my age and the fact that I am not real steady on my feet. I have lived here with the other ferrets and mom for over a year. At the end of September, I had more surgery, and although my cancer has spread and I only have a few more months, my life here has been a happy one.
Dianne was the first ferret to arrive at my home. It was December 1994, and I was on one of my many visits to a local humane society. One of the staff asked if I had ever considered a pet ferret. I laughed at that since there had been many occasions when friends had pulled me away from ferret displays at local pet stores, reminding me that I had other things to spend “that kind” of money on. Since I didn’t have any of those friends with me at the humane society, my heart’s desires triumphed over the financial considerations. I bought an extravagant cage, complete with a hammock and “ferret condo”, and Dianne moved in.
You are walking by the petstore, or perhaps buying food for your existing companions – when you come across these absolutely adorable baby ferrets – each about 7 inches long, all wiggly and playful and you are tempted to buy one. But before you buy, you wonder what kind of pet that might be?
A good ferret veterinarian is important for helping you keep your ferret healthy throughout his life. Look for someone who has a good knowledge of ferrets. Check with a local ferret club or shelter for a recommendation. Ferrets require annual vaccinations against rabies and canine distemper. A new ferret should always be brought to a veterinarian for a checkup (your vet may want you to bring a stool sample). At that time you can discuss your ferret’s vaccination schedule (baby ferrets require a series of vaccinations in order to be properly protected against distemper). Your veterinarian can demonstrate proper ear cleaning, nail clipping, and dental hygiene techniques.
As a shelter, this is one of the most frequently asked questions I get! The good news is yes, ferrets can be trained to use the litter box; the bad news – it may not be 100% accuracy when running loose in the house.
Winter is soon to arrive and it is time to actually turn on your thermostat. First, a question: how is your house heated? Will the heating units be a danger to your fuzzies? How about the dry air/heat?
As a ferret owner for five years now I have read with interest about medical issues that could occur with my kids. Based on those articles I have a ferret first aid kit ready and keep an eye out for any changes in their appearance or behavior just like a good parent should.