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        06-06-2009, 02:57 AM
      #11
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MIEventer    
    Cute! My Hubby wants to get an Albino Ferret.

    Yer they are cute, ones called frost and the other one is called bite lol but they just get called frostbite because they are identical.

    Be careful though because I think my ferrets are partly blind, I've heard of albino people having this problem
         
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        06-07-2009, 04:52 PM
      #12
    Started
    I love ferrets! I reaaally want one but I'm not allowed one. :( Maybe i'll get one when I move. I also wants rats again but my mum hates them :(
         
        06-07-2009, 09:26 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Hey there, could you guys maybe give me an idea how much you spend on your ferrets each week/month/etc. I am interested in getting one but I need some info!

    Cheers. && Feel free to PM me, or reply here.
         
        06-07-2009, 09:40 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Every month I spent about $40 on food for four ferrets. They were fed a raw diet. A kibble diet will cost far more.
    Litter, you can use pine stove pellets. A 40lb bag is about $5, that lasts awhile.
    Toys, however much you want.
    Treats, go for raw meat. Mine adored pork.
    Beds and hammocks, again, however much you want. You can even make your own.
    Vet care, I would say almost equal to a dog or cat. Although you can get a titers to see if you even need to vaccinate, if not you save money and they are still protected. Although if its required by law or you let strangers around your ferrets, I reccomend a rabies vax every year. Its pretty cheap though.
         
        06-07-2009, 09:52 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Whipple    
    Litter, you can use pine stove pellets. A 40lb bag is about $5, that lasts awhile.

    Vet care, I would say almost equal to a dog or cat. Although you can get a titers to see if you even need to vaccinate, if not you save money and they are still protected. Although if its required by law or you let strangers around your ferrets, I reccomend a rabies vax every year. Its pretty cheap though.
    Thanks.
    Do they need a special litter? Or does cat litter do the trick?
    Do they have any problems being round cats?
    Do they need to go outside? That's one way we keep out cat's vet bills down. They are always inside.
         
        06-08-2009, 12:31 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    Ferrets should have litter that does not clump and has minimal dust. Like I said, pine stive pellets work awesome and are crazy cheap. Actual litter that works great is yesterdays news or a similar product.

    They usually have no issue being around cats. And if the cat has a good food and you want to feed kibble, there are many cat foods that are far superior to ferret foods. So you can even just leave one dish out for all.

    Ferrets do not need to be outside. They should not ever be outside alone or without a harness. They will not survive and do not have a homing instinct. You can take them outside with a harness and its fun following them around. But be aware, its extremely rare that a ferret will follow you like a dog, or even cat while leashed.

    A great forum for ferrets is The Holistic Ferret Forum. Amazing people who are always willing to help out.

    Oh, and you can keep a ferret alone no problem as long as they get out very often. They should have at least 4 hrs out of cage time a day.
         
        06-08-2009, 12:45 AM
      #17
    Weanling
    Thanks heaps Whipple. You've been super helpful. I'm going to go check out that forum now! :)

    Cheers.
         
        06-08-2009, 11:15 AM
      #18
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Perfect Browbands    
    Lol thanks

    Is that your horse in your picture <<< cause its beautiful
    yeah that is my stallion. That is my pride and joy. Other then the ferrets
         
        06-08-2009, 11:28 AM
      #19
    Foal
    Well to comment on every bodys treat response.
    They don't get sugaer every day they also get raw carrots, pototoes, celery etc.
    They are also omnivores to.

    As for our male he has panceratic cancer which happens in most ferrets 1 out of every 3. Whether or not they get a couple fruit loops. Males over three can also develpoe heart problems. Even with the best care. I to have talk to breeders and vets and they say it can prety much ahppen to any ferret. Even with good breeding and diet. Also for a ferret said would be lucky to live a nother three months has and is continuing to live. He was diagnoised when he was a year old he is going on six. We actually got a well done from the. Also from his mouth he said that fruit loops can be givien just in small amounts. Remeber it is a treat not his dinner.
    Even look in a ferret book they mention in some books.

    Another problem with our male is he does not like meat( actually he refuses it cooked or not from day one). So he is on a protien rich diet ( special ferret food). Thta and we have honey water on hand ofr any seizures he may have.

    Also for the note I never clamined to be a vet and do recommend looking up information but remeber like any advice from the internet use some decretion.

    Enjoy your ferrets
         
        06-11-2009, 08:34 PM
      #20
    Foal
    Yer I understood that its in moderation :)
    Im sorry to hear about your ferret, I've heard that female ferrets can die if you don't breed them or get them desexed.

    His gorgous your stallion, is he a friesan ?
         
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