When was the last time you had a convenience store hot dog?
I had a couple from Hess Mart the other day. Woo! They are still wedged somewhere in my intestines.
My dearest Harry, you Americans have the worst food habits no matter how advanced your country is …please dont be mad at me for saying this. ….I am very sorry to say sometimes i feel sorry for your kids coz their parents teach them to eat all WRONG foods. Parents dont even explain to them about the side effects of fast food…The studies say
1.Children who ate 12 hot dogs per month had a 9.5 times increased risk of leukemia.
2. Children who ate hot dogs once a week doubled their chances of brain tumors; twice a week, they tripled it.
3. Women who ate hot dogs during pregnancy doubled their offsprings chances of developing brain cancer
4.Kids who ate the most ham, bacon and sausage had a tripled risk of lymphoma.
5.Kids who ate ground meat once a week had twice the risk of acute lymphocytic leukemia than those who ate none, and triple the risk when they ate two or more hamburgers weekly.
Always be aware of the side effects of all types of food.
What are the consequences or benefits of buying a ferret?
I would love to buy one but need advice.
Consequences meaning are they smelly, do they damage clothes, are they hard to raise and feed or Am I better off with a cat or dog?
Take the focus off of me and lets focus on the question! Can I get an answer!
I work in New York and live in New Jersy!
First off, please consider adopting a ferret from a shelter. There are thousands in ferret shelters across the country looking for homes.
In all honesty ferrets are just as easy to own as a cat or dog. All animals have their pros and cons, it just depends on what you are looking for.
Ferrets are very curious animals, they get into absolutely everything. You will need to completely ferret proof your house or whatever rooms the ferret will have access to. This means picking up plants off the floor, blocking off any holes, screwing down any air vents that may come out of the floor. You also have to be careful about reclining chairs and couches, because ferrets can get crushed in the springs and get killed. Once you tackle that main obstacle, it gets easier.
Ferrets do smell, but not as badly as you may think. All animals have their own odor. The key to keeping odor down is to properly care for your ferret. By this I mean feed them high quality food, such as Innova Evo Ferret, Innova Evo Cat & Kitten, Zupreem Ferret, Totally Ferret, or Pretty Pets Gold. By feeding high quality food your ferret will not smell much at all. If you feed low quality foods such as Marshalls or Kaytee, which have a lot of fish and sugar in them, your ferret will smell more, and it also will cause them to have more medical problems in the future. You also will want to clean the litter box at least once or twice a day and completely scrub out the litter pan once every 2-4 weeks. Use newspaper pelleted litter, it doesn’t smell, doesn’t really track, and is safe for ferrets. Clay litters can cause serious respiratory problems for ferrets.
Also never use Carefresh bedding or wood shavings in the cage. Not only are they bad for ferrets, but they also absorb every smell, and makes ferrets smell really bad. Which is why ferrets in petstores smell so badly. Also if you only bathe your ferret 2-4 times a year, they will smell a lot less than if you bathe more frequently. The more ferrets get bathed, the worse they smell. This is because bathing causes them to produce more oils, which makes them smell worse.
Ferrets also are prone to many medical problems. I recommend starting a medical fund the day you get a ferret. Most ferrets will end up needing a $400+ surgery in their life, so if you set aside a little money every month it really helps. Adrenal disease, lymphoma, and insulinoma are all common medical problems.
I don’t think ferrets are more expensive than any other pet. Food will cost between $2-5 a pound, but if you feed high quality food, they don’t eat a whole lot. A 15 pound bag of Innova Evo feeds my 14 ferrets for about 3 weeks. So feeding 1-2 ferrets isn’t that expensive. Newspaper pelleted litter costs between $7-15 for 30 pounds, and that also would last quite a while.
Ferrets also need annual vaccinations like any other animal. Almost every state requires canine distemper vaccines. Purevax and Galaxy-D are the only ones that are good to use on ferrets. And some states require rabies vaccines as well. Imrab-3 by Merial is the only rabies vaccine approved for ferrets. If you plan to walk your ferret on a leash, or have him/her interact with other people, a rabies vaccine is important in case the ferret happens to bite someone. Also if you live in an area that is known for heartworm, you’ll want to look into that, because ferrets can also get heartworm.
So the biggest downside really is the future medical problems.
Ferrets do make great pets. They are energetic, very inquisitive, and love to play. They do best in pairs, but singles will work if you give the ferret lots of attention. They’ll play with just about any toy. Cat toys, dog toys, boxes, really anything can become a toy for a ferret. They do really love interacting with their humans, so they need at least 4 hours of out of cage time to run every day. If you leave town for a few days, they do miss you, just like dogs or cats would.
Personally I love ferrets. I think they make a great pet, but they aren’t for everyone. You should buy a copy of the book “Ferret for Dummies” by Kim Shilling. It’s a wonderful book and tells you almost everything you need to know about ferret ownership. The ups, the downs, basically everything you’d ever want to know.
Like I said earlier, please consider adoption. Most ferret shelters/rescues have many ferrets looking for homes. Most have every color, age, personality type imaginable and they are litter boxed trained and nip trained already.
Hope this post helps you out a bit.
Should I wait for a tame cockatiel or get one from the pet shop?
I contacted a lady recently who is selling tame cockatiels, but she said its going to take a couple of weeks. Should I get one from the pet shop or should I wait for her to contact me? I can’t seem to find breeders close by who have tamed cockatiels except this lady.
Annie B, I would love to do that. But I have no experience with pets. I don’t want to get one from the shelter to find that it is not tame and I can’t handle it.
I don’t suggest adopting one unless you are experienced with birds. If you are experienced than go for it. However, many birds are up for adoption because they have behavioral problems – only people who have had experience are up for this challenge – hence why they are in an adoption facility. I also don’t suggest buying from a pet shop. Many birds are not hand fed. I see how pet stores treat birds sometimes and it makes me very upset. Also, people come in the store with no respect for birds – bang on the cage, make sudden movements etc – when they are developing. Many of these birds can be skittish and develop behavioral problems. Get one from a breeder who knows the birds well and you can spend time with them before picking the bird out. A cockatiel is a big commitment. They don’t like just sitting in the cage. I liken them to more like dogs. They love hanging out, love food – they don’t like to be alone in the cage a lot. Mine lived to 14. He died young of lymphoma. However 14 was a long time!
If you are very interested in the bird wait a few weeks – what is a few weeks when you are going to have many more years with this bird??
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