I was thinking of getting a pet ferret…?
I just have some questions for those who have had or have a ferret.
First, would they get along with guinea pigs?
Do they like to snuggle?
Are they energetic?
How often should i clean the cage, how big should the cage be?
Thanks, i just really want to think this through
First, i just have to say, please do your research on ferrets before bringing one home. I advise purchasing the book “Ferrets for Dummies”
There is alot of info you should know in there before owning a ferret.
Also, please be aware that ferrets require alot of time, patience and money. They are not cheap pets. The must be vaccinated against Canine Distemper (which is 99% fatal to them if they come in contact with it, and remember, you can bring CDV in on your clothes or shoes. Just by walking in the same area an infected dog walked in early. They should also be vaccinated for Rabies, most cities require this anyways. They need to have annual check ups just like cats and dogs as well.
Please know that ferrets are considered seniors at the age of 4 and it is very common for them to end up with Adrenal Disease, Lymphoma, or Insulinoma. Will you have the money to treat your ferret if something unfortuate like these diseases were to happen?
I’m not scaring you away from them. I LOVE ferrets, and will continue to own them the rest of my life. People just need to know how big of a commitment they actually are before taking one home.
Now, to answer your questions…
1. I would not advise you to put a ferret and a guinea pig together. A guinea pig would be more likely to be the ferrets prey than a buddy.
Remember, ferrets are carnivores, and are from the Mustelidae family (skunks, otters, polecats, minks) .. Not rodents!
2. If you are lucky, you will get a snuggler. Boys tend to be more cuddly than girls. But if you get a kit (baby ferret) as opposed to an adult, dont expect any cuddling anytime soon. If this is your first ferret, i would suggest getting an older one from a shelter. This way you dont have to litter train or nip train, which takes lots of time and patience.
3. Ferrets are ridiclously energetic! When they are awake that is. They tend to sleep about 18 hours a day. So make sure you have them out of the cage for at least 3 hours a day for play time. And have tons of toys and human interaction games to play with them! If they are left in a cage too often, they will get depressed, which could lead to them getting ill.
4. As for cage maintenance.. I completely dump out their litter box twice a day (morning and evening) so people will scoop, but i prefer to just change out the litter completely. Just put enough in to cover the bottom. I also give them fresh water and food every evening. I change out their blankies every 4 or 5 days, and i wash their bedding (custom made floor, shelf and ramp covers made of fleece) once a week. This will help control the odor.
A good cage to get would be a Ferret Nation. They have 2 models, a FN141 which is a 2 level. This cage is plenty big enough for 1-3 ferrets. Anymore than that and i would suggest the FN142 this is basically two of the FN141s together. Making it 4 levels. I have 4 ferrets in this cage, but i know people that house about 7 or 8 in it comfortably. Ferret.com has pretty good prices, or you might be able to find someone selling theirs on Craigs List.
My dog has a bump next to his anus and he cant poop , but when he tries he bleed, what can i do ? Please help.?
he’s had that bump for quite a while but he looked okay , played around when he wanted too , barked when it was necessary but now he’s been waking up during the night , like if something was wrong. and now he doesn’t want to get up , he’s been laying down all day , what should i do? and an appointment at the vet is quite expensive . please help
There are many possible causes for a “bump” next to the anus, and all of them do require a trip to the vet. It could be something as simple as an impacted anal sac that just needs to be expressed by a professional, or something more serious. The fact that he is acting lethargic is not a good sign and is not a good quality of life. He absolutely needs to be seen by a professional sooner than later. In the mean time keep his stools loose by watering down his food and adding a teaspoon of fiber supplement to his food twice daily, to help him pass stools around whatever is occluding his colon.
The post below is referring to a type of mass called a perianal adenoma, she is correct that they are common in unneutered male dogs and will get better after castration.
Other types of masses in that area include: anal sac adenocarcinoma, rectal lymphoma, and rectal carcinoma
difference between bacterial meningitis and fungal meningitis?
∾∾ Please note: the most crucial information in my comment is the following: In June of 2009, new researched-based studies proved a simple blood test can determine if a patient is predisposed to FUNGAL MENINGITIS! The test looks at the level of IgM memory B cells in the patient’s blood. Low levels indicate a predisposition to FUNGAL MENINGITIS! If you know anyone afflicted with the ailments below, PLEASE tell them to demand the test so they can begin anti-fungal meds immediately. I wish the studies had been released earlier so my sweet Mama could have avoided a year of 24/7 misery. Link to study: http://www.einstein.yu.edu/home/news.asp?id=365
✸ BACTERIAL MENINGITIS is a serious infection of the fluid in the spinal cord & the fluid that surrounds the brain, it’s much more serious than VIRAL MENINGITIS (usually relatively mild & clears up in a week or two w/out specific treatment.)
✸ BACTERIAL MENINGITIS is spread by direct close contact with the discharges from the nose or throat of an infected person- can cause severe disease that can result in brain damage and even death. BACTERIAL MENINGITIS can be treated with antibiotics
✸ FUNGAL MENINGITIS is an infection that causes swelling & irritation of the tissue around the brain & spinal cord. FM generally does not pass from person to person. It is more serious than BACTERIAL MENINGITIS because it cannot be treated with antibiotics & the fungus actually grows into the fabric of the tissue around the brain & spinal cord- also because FM only strikes those with weak immune systems whose bodies struggle to fight any infections, i.e.: HIV+, cancer & transplant patients.
✸ FUNGAL MENINGITIS is not common, in the U.S. Only 1 in 5 million people contract it (my sweet Mama happened to be one in five million.) However, it is a leading cause of death in Africa due to rampant spread of AIDS & lack of anti-fungal meds. In the U.S., once HIV+ is diagnosed the patient is immediately put on anti-fungal meds & antiretroviral therapy for the remainder of their lives. It’s extremely uncommon for one to contract FM while on anti-fungal meds.
✸ FUNGAL MENINGITIS can develop when people with weakened immune systems come in contact with the spores (Cryptococcus neoformans) that carry the fungus. These spores are found in common soil as well as bird droppings. EVERYONE COMES IN CONTACT WITH FM DAILY- we just don’t contract it because our immune systems have not been compromised.
✸ Left untreated, this disease can be fatal. If treatment is postponed the result can be brain damage (learning problems, difficulty talking, hearing loss, seizures, or paralysis). FM is treated with anti-fungal meds. The most common drug administered to combat FM is Sporanox: Elixir first (it’s absorbed better & easier) & later by pill. My sweet Mama was treated with Sporanox. It’s horrible. According to Mama & all personal experiences I’ve read, it’s the worst taste they’ve ever come across & leaves a taste of pooh in your mouth. The same taste inhabits all food & drink which results in malnutrition & dehydration. My sweet Mama got down to 74 lbs, she’s only 5’ but that’s still itty-bitty.
✸ On a personal note: In the fall of 2008, Mama’s Lymphoma returned. The plan was to admit her Dec. 1 for 30 days to remove her stem cells- administer a week-long, uber-strong chemo cocktail then replace her stem cells. The cancer was gone by early January; however, almost every complication you have to “sign off” on, she contracted…the worst was FUNGAL MENINGITIS. After 49 days she was finally released. While at home she came in contact with FUNGAL MENINGITIS (I think the dogs had it on their paws.) She became critically ill & was re-admitted. At first they didn’t know what she had, but a spinal tap confirmed their fears. She was in ICU for 2 weeks. I spent my birthday with her in ICU thinking she would die at any moment. She pulled through, but like a person heavily striking each limb as they make the long decent, her fragile body was hit with problem-after-problem. 2009 was spent in & out of the hospital, weak, mentally-deficient, and depressed. I’d never seen my strong, determined Mama like this. Me, my Daddy & three sisters were beside ourselves- how do you help the one who’s always been the pillar? Fast-forward to today…she was taken off Sporanox in Jan. & I have to say, Mama looks fabulous (comparably speaking) she’s up to 84 lbs. & is getting’ her sassy back! We still have a long way to go, but God is good (no matter what!) & she’ll be back to her shoe-n-handbag-lovin’ self before ya know it!
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