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My name's Maranda and I aim to spread the word about good ferret care. I volunteer at a ferret shelter, work at a pet store, and am owned by many ferrets. I'm a huge advocate for raw feeding, private breeders, and choosing adoption first. I do my best to answer any ferret-related questions!
Life is still HECTIC AS HECK! so I’m not really back for realsies, just thought I’d catch up on some questions y’all had. Being away from the obligations of tumblr has been pretty liberating, and I realized that mindlessly scrolling through hundreds of posts is pretty mind-numbing, so chances are I won’t come back.
If you guys have ferret questions, do not hesitate to email me, because I love ferrets and if you love ferrets then chances are I love you, too.
So here ya go.
Hit me up. Send me pictures. Updates. Whatever. Ferret people: I love you and want to help you.
The extra strong ones should be ok. I’ve just found that most ferrets don’t really go for Kongs. They get bored of them. As far as home made toys…
Ping pong balls + cardboard box = ball pit = super fun.
Dig boxes: big plastic bins full of beans/long grain rice/biodegradable packing peanuts = super fun!
Tennis ball + big long tube sock + tie knot at end = super fun toy to wrestle with and bite.
I’m sure there’s more, but those are just off the top of my head. :) Some good toys found at pet stores are Orka brand puppy teething toys (especially the ones you can freeze), Orka brand ‘petstages’ cat toys (wiggle worm!), and Orbee-tough bones (the really rubbery ones). I’ve found those to be pretty ferret-proof.
Melbourne like… Australia? I live in the USA, friend, Google is going to know more about that than I am. xD
YES, brush their teeth ESPECIALLY if they’re eating kibble. Use an enzymatic toothpaste for cats or dogs, poultry flavored.
Chewing usually stems from boredom. If you have a plastic food bowl, switch it to metal or ceramic. They usually don’t like that texture. If you’re letting them out for 3-4 hours a day, then that’s excellent, and it might not be boredom. Try offering them all sorts of types of toys of different textures: stuffed, rubbery, etc.
Most ferrets are imprinted on kibble at first, so chances are you’re going to have to start with kibble and then slowly transition to raw. The folks at the Holistic Ferret Forum are super knowledgeable about that whole process. Basically, play it by ear: do it at your ferret’s pace. Raw diets are super wonderful and I highly recommend feeding them— it’s really what they’re built to eat. :)
Long story short, my life is crazy right now. I have to trim excess activities to put more time into what I love, like my writing and animals. So, please understand when I say I need to take a break from Tumblr. For a while.
I’ll try to get on periodically and check messages, but don’t expect replies terribly quickly.
Thanks for understanding.