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        06-15-2009, 05:00 AM
      #21
    Weanling
    I love ferrets! Unfortunately I'm not allowed as my parent's are typical dog/cat people, they're not into anything unusual (I'm allowed the horses because a) they don't live in the house, lol, and b) I pay for everything myself), but when I move out I'd like to get one.
    One question, what's the difference in personality b/w males and females?
         
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        06-15-2009, 04:39 PM
      #22
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Perfect Browbands    
    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 ?
    I am glad you undrstood that. But I was refering to the other people out there.

    As for my stallion he is a canadian ( the breed). My husband always joke when people say that. He tells them don't swear, he is a canadian.
    Thanks for the complement
         
        06-16-2009, 09:09 PM
      #23
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by LDblackhorse    
    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.
    I will write out a better response soon, but whoever told you this is very misinformed. Ferrets are obligate carnivores. They do not have a cecum, so they can only process high protien (ie meat) foods. That is one reason why ferrets on kibble poo so much more then ferrets on a raw meat/whole prey diet. There is just so much that they don't need from kibble, and cannot use. So out it goes.
         
        06-16-2009, 09:16 PM
      #24
    Started
    ^Agreed^

    Dogs are technically omnivores, they benefit from some veggies

    Ferrets, like cats, CANNOT process anything but meat, they are purely carnivores. They should not be fed sugary foods, human foods, or grains/fruits/veggies
         
        06-17-2009, 01:46 PM
      #25
    Started
    I had two ferrets but unfortunately I gave them away to a close friend because I had no time for them and it wasn't fair to keep them cooped up all day.

    Ferrets are mustelids, their diet consists of mostly meat. HOWEVER, feeding your ferrets dairy, vegetables, sweets , extra.. will not harm them if only given once in a while. Alot will say never give your ferrets daily but you can actually buy yogurt treats for them. Unless something is wrong they generally go to the bathroom every 3 hours, it doesn't go trough faster if they eat "kibble", people shouldn't feed them kibble though because it has no nutritinal value to them..
         
        06-17-2009, 04:29 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Equestriun    
    I had two ferrets but unfortunately I gave them away to a close friend because I had no time for them and it wasn't fair to keep them cooped up all day.

    Ferrets are mustelids, their diet consists of mostly meat. HOWEVER, feeding your ferrets dairy, vegetables, sweets , extra.. will not harm them if only given once in a while. Alot will say never give your ferrets daily but you can actually buy yogurt treats for them. Unless something is wrong they generally go to the bathroom every 3 hours, it doesn't go trough faster if they eat "kibble", people shouldn't feed them kibble though because it has no nutritinal value to them..
    Actually my ferrets only went a few times a day. It stunk less and they did not have "kibble butt" from distended intestines. They were far healthier, as you could tell from their very smooth coats. Much better then when on kibble, although they were nice enough before.

    I have no issue with feeding kibble mind you. Just feed the best you can, and if this means cat kibble, then yay. There is cat food out there far better suited then most ferret foods.

    And just because they sell yogurt drops, does not mean they are good for them. The companies that sell those foods (At least a main one) also mass produce ferrets and ship them all over north america. They hardly know how a ferret should be cared for as they have not done any research in the past 5 years. And a ton has changed. Did you know that raisins should never be fed to ferrets? Yeah, this was found out in the past few years. You have to always keep up to date as new information on ferret care and diets are always being updated.
         
        06-17-2009, 05:48 PM
      #27
    Started
    I know that I've forgotten to put ferret food on the shopping list a few times and fed them cat food in place of it until I went to the store again and they were perfectly healthy.
    Ferrets naturally have a short digestive tract so it's only natural for them to poop every couple hours. If it's not roughly every 3-4 hours something may be wrong. Raisins, grapes and any other sweet treat/fruit is only lethal in huge doses or small doses over time. If you give one to them once in a great while it won't kill them.

    Unfortunately that's business for you.
         
        06-17-2009, 08:06 PM
      #28
    Yearling
    Well do as you like, but anything that is lethal in large doses cannot be good at all. Im not going to drink just a bit of poison just because it would only kill me in large doses. Its just plain not healthy. Especially when there are so many other choices out there for treats. I don't see the point of giving them something they simply do not need.
         
        06-22-2009, 04:58 PM
      #29
    Foal
    Just wanted to say that I have a ferret, her name is Lilly. :) Whipple has given some excellent advice. Another great forum is Everything Ferret, I am a moderator there. We are like family there.

    Whipple is 100% correct in that ferrets are obligate carnivores and should not be given sugar or anything other than meat-related food and treats. They CANNOT digest anything else, that is how their bodies are made. Too much sugar can lead to multiple types of cancer. The ferret will then need to be on medication for the rest of its life. I have had a ferret die from insulinoma and another one died of lymphoma and it is not pretty or cheap. Medications and surgeries are expensive. So my advice is to not feed anything other than meat. I mean, what's the point? If you had a child and all they wanted to eat was sugar, would you let them? No, because it isn't good for them. You have to treat them like children in that way. A high protein food low in fillers is the best thing for them aside from raw or natural diet. Some cat food out there are really good for them, like Innova Evo. You just have to read ingredients.

    They are a high-maintenance pet, so anyone thinking of getting one should be able to put in at least 2 hours a day to playing with them or at least being able to supervise their playtime. And you still have to pay for shots, food, litter, etc. They aren't cheap, but then again neither are horses! They are definitely worth it though. :)
         
        06-23-2009, 11:53 PM
      #30
    Started
    True, but then again why do people, horses and dogs eat things they don't need?
         
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