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National Ferret Day–April 2

 

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Get ready for National Ferret Day!

National Ferret Day is April 2nd in the U.S.

Celebrate ferrets and ferret lovers!

National Ferret Day is the perfect opportunity to spoil your ferret and/or to give a gift or send a card to the ferret lover or ferret parent!

Check out some of the unique ferret themed merchandise in my store-ferret backpacks, ferret jewelry, ferret lawn statues statues…

How are you going to celebrate?

 

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What Not to Feed a Ferret–Ferret Food Can Harm Your Ferret

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Ferret Food Can Harm Your Ferret

For some reason, as ferret parents, and pet parents in general, we often take pet food for granted. We assume that if something  is sold as ferret food, it must be healthy for ferrets.

We know that not all human food is good for us, even though it is sold as “food”.  We have learned that many types of foods can, and often do, cause serious heath problems. Some of these unhealthy “food” items are easy to recognize, such as potato chips, soda, candy… but some foods and ingredients are not so obvious. Canned and packaged foods, for example, are often loaded with sugar, salt, fat and chemicals.

So what about pet foods? If we know that human food manufactures do not always have our health in mind, how can we assume that pet food manufactures have our pets’ health in mind? We can’t and we shouldn’t. Continue reading What Not to Feed a Ferret–Ferret Food Can Harm Your Ferret

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Ferret In Cage Ferret Out of Cage–How Much Time Should a Ferret Spend In and Out of Cage?

How Much Time Should a Ferret Spend In and Out of CageFerret In Cage Ferret Out of Cage–How Much Time Should a Ferret Spend In and Out of Cage?

Ferrets have a knack for making you feel guilty when you put them in their cage. One of my ferrets, Toby, was always trying to” break out”. He would climb up to the top door, grab the bars in his paws and push and shake the door, trying to open it.

However, for their protection, ferrets should be kept in a ferret cage, enclosure, ferret-proof room or area when not being supervised.

A ferret’s cage not only acts as his home–a place he should feel comfortable in–it is also a place to keep him safe. There are endless  dangers around your home–wires, appliances, cleaning supplies, etc.– it’s simply not safe to permit your ferret to roam free without supervision. Even if you think you have ferret-proofed your home, there is no limit to what a ferret can find to get into. Continue reading Ferret In Cage Ferret Out of Cage–How Much Time Should a Ferret Spend In and Out of Cage?

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The Key to Getting Rid of Ferret Smells

The Key to Getting Rid of Ferret Smells

As ferret parents, we all know ferrets smell. While some people don’t mind the musky odor, and a few actually like it, most of us could do without it. This characteristic of ferrets unfortunately leads to many ferrets being left in cages or in need of a new home.

As ferret lovers, we try to keep the odor under control but accept it as being inevitable with having a ferret or ferrets as part of the family.

If you are willing to put forth the effort (which is not as much as you may think), you can be surprisingly successful at getting rid of ferret smells. The key is to attack odor at all the sources with the appropriate methods and products.

The Key to Getting rid of ferret smells is getting rid of ferret smells everywhere. The more areas and sources of odor you treat on a regular basis, the less odor there will be. If one area smells like a ferret, it will transfer to other areas. Continue reading The Key to Getting Rid of Ferret Smells

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Marshall Ferret Octo-Play Sleep Sack Toy Review

Marshall Ferret Octo-Play Sleep Sack Toy

Marshall Ferret Octo-Play Sleep Sack Toy Review

The Marshall Ferret Octo-Play Sleep Sack Toy is an interactive toy and cozy bed for one or more ferrets. It’s designed with features ferrets love–places to explore, burrow, and hide. Ferrets can tunnel through the legs and peek out of the openings. When they get tired, they can curl up for a nap in the soft octopus body.

With 5 legs (not 8) and 11 openings, there’s lots of places to explore and hide.

The fact that this ferret sleep sack toy cannot be machine washed and dryed, could lead some ferret parents to not even consider purchasing it. But, I have found a solution that may be suitable. I wash these types of toys in a lingerie bag in the washing machine with warm water. I prefer to turn them inside out, but if that is not possible (like with the Octo-Play’s arms) I spray a stain remover inside.  I also put them in the dryer for a few minutes on low to get some of the moisture out so they dry faster. Continue reading Marshall Ferret Octo-Play Sleep Sack Toy Review

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Marshall Pet Bear Ferret Sleep Sack Toy Review

Marshall Pet Bear Ferret Sleep Sack Toy Review

Ferrets love to play. Ferrets love to burrow. Ferrets love to sleep.

The Marshall Pet Bear Ferret Sleep Sack Toy is popular among ferret parents because it offers all these options.  The Marshall Pet Bear Ferret Sleep Sack Toy is a cute “bear rug” with several features ferrets enjoy.

First, there are many places to explore and burrow in.  The bear has paws with openings that can be used like tunnels. The bear’s mouth is also open and there is an opening in the bear’s back for more entry/exit points. These openings provide lots of hiding places and fun for multiple ferrets. Second, this bear rug is soft and cozy–providing ferrets a cuddly place to sleep on or in.

 

Specifics of Marshall Pet Bear Ferret Sleep Sack Toy

  • Price: under $20
  • Size:  24 x 20 x 3 inches
  • Made with soft fleece
  • Multiple openings
  • Where to buy: Amazon

Pros

  • Ferrets can sleep in it, on it and play inside it
  • Multiple openings for burrowing
  • Large enough for multiple ferrets
  • Machine washable
  • Can be used in or out of cage
  • Cute bear design
  • Many ferret parents say their ferrets love it
  • Can be used by other small pets, such as rats, hedgehogs and guinea pigs

Cons

  • Not good for chewers

Summary of Marshall Pet Bear Ferret Sleep Sack Toy Review

The Marshall Pet Bear Ferret Sleep Sack toy is popular among ferret parents. It offers one or multiple ferrets the opportunity to burrow, play and sleep. It has multiple entry/exit points and is soft and cuddly. What more can a ferret ask for?

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Ferret Wheelchair Review–Skeeter Chair

Ferret Wheelchair Review–Skeeter Chair

Ferrets suffering from weak, injured or paralyzed back legs are often unable to move around much. They often need to be carried from place to place and are unable to explore the way ferrets naturally and enthusiastically do. This unfortunate state can lead to a ferret becoming unhappy and depressed.

Wheelchairs for dogs are becoming more commonplace, but what about wheelchairs for ferrets?

The popularity of ferrets and the desire many ferret parents have to give their ferrets the best possible life, has resulted in the creation of wheelchairs for ferrets.

The Skeeter Chair was designed for and named after a ferret named Skeeter. This ferret wheelchair allows disabled ferrets to move around more freely, using their front legs. They are able to enjoy investigating and exploring and even “running”, when they learn how fast the wheels can go. Continue reading Ferret Wheelchair Review–Skeeter Chair

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How Much Are Ferrets?

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How Much Are Ferrets?

The question, “How much are ferrets“, is more complicated than it may appear.

There is the cost of buying/adopting a ferret, which can vary widely. But the cost of buying the ferret is the least of the expenses.

When you buy a car, you expect the primary cost to be the car itself.  But you also know there will be other costs associated with owning a car–maintenance, insurance, gas…that will be ongoing costs for the life of the car.

Many people get a pet without thinking about the costs associated with having a pet. You may get a kitten for free or a turtle for $5, but that isn’t the final cost. It is just the beginning! Continue reading How Much Are Ferrets?

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Flea Treatment For Ferrets

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What are Fleas?

Fleas are tiny, usually dark-colored, insects.  Fleas attach themselves to animal and human skin–including ferrets. They bite and feed on the animal’s blood.  

Each female flea may produce 50 or 60 eggs a day!  Flea eggs hatch in about 4 days. 

Larvae eat the droppings of mature fleas for about 2 weeks, then spin cocoons and become pupae. Inside the cocoons, the pupae turn into fleas that emerge in 3 or 4 weeks as a new generation.

While most ferrets are not overly sensitive to fleas, some may develop skin irritations, allergies and even anemia.  Fleas reproduce quite quickly, laying batches of eggs on the ferret or other animal. The fleas can then spread to the animal’s surroundings.

Causes of Fleas in Ferrets

When the weather gets warm and humid, the fleas come out. Ferrets that go outside can pick up fleas from the environment. Ferrets can also get fleas from other pets or even people.

Flea eggs can remain dormant for up to two years waiting for victims.  Not only lying in wait outside, they can hide in furniture, carpets, bedding, clothes… Continue reading Flea Treatment For Ferrets