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According to "Are Marshall Farms ferrets less genetically favorable" (All About Ferrets), you can identify a Marshall Farms (MF) ferret by observing 2 little blue dots tattooed on its ear. The article is inconclusive regarding a genetic issue (considering potential in-breeding at Marshall Farms and whether the Farm is actually doing anything about the ...


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Is it true that ferrets don't get along with other pets? The answer is a qualified "no". I had two ferrets. The oldest was always, always happy to make new friends, regardless of the species. He was very excited to play with any new dog or cat he met, and would do the ferret "bounce" that typically indicates play. My other ferret was more curious than ...


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I live in Europe in a country where most of the ferrets were imported about 15 years ago and most of the current population comes from only small number of animals. I know about cases when a ferret had the same male as father, grandfather and great-grand-father. Over the years, a lot of people tried to fix the situation by importing animals from other ...


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This method has been working for me since I discovered it. Get yourself a bottle of Ferretone. Lay your ferret on his/her back and put a few tiny drops on your ferret's belly. They will spend about 3 or so minutes licking up all of the Ferretone and ignore you completely while you clip their nails. Just remember to use a small pair of accurate, sharp ...


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What's worked very well for me is a combination of a few things. I limit the amount of wires the ferrets actually have access to. The power-strip for the television is hung on the underside of the table with large command strips. The table is a little over two feet high and I don't put anything under it so the ferrets would never be able to jump/climb up ...


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I have observed that male ferrets are much more intelligent when it comes to getting somewhere, and female when it comes to hiding something. Due to that I have observed male ferrets do insane acts of acrobatics, but have never seen female ferret do anything like that. However I suspect that female ferret was the better acrobat out of the two. I have never ...


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This is a general answer, without taking into account breeder issues. Your profile says you live in Lagos, Nigeria. I'm not familiar with any breeders there and American vaccination laws may not apply to you. You do have it right in that ferrets will smell bad if their diet is poor. So it's important that you give them food that doesn't have fillers like ...


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In addition to d2jxp's excellent answer, I have a couple of other considerations to add: Depending upon how well you "ferret-proof" your rooms, and how successful you are at litter training it, you can give your ferret full access to your house even unattended. However, I suggest you should not do so if he/she will be sharing space with the dog, at least ...


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There are a few things to consider. Firstly to get some things out of the way. The thing about smell is not 100% correct. A lot of pet stores (especially in my area), remove the glands from ferrets that cause bad odor. So when I got my ferrets they were not smelling so bad (or maybe my nose simply sucks). Now on to thing to consider. 1) Ferret love to ...


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I have three ferrets, all of which I would call highly inquisitive animals. They all subscribe to the following practice: Wake up, poop, eat, drink, Walk the Perimeter. Literally every time! And if they find one thing out of place or smelling differently, they will inspect it from every angle until satisfied. So to that I say they have an amazing memory. ...


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As you probably noticed ferrets are extremely social creatures. If you have ever neglected them and didn't give them attention due to being sick or such you would have noticed that they get angry at you for not giving them enough attention. And when they are angry they might even start biting you(it hurts a lot). Yes they are awake only for 8 hours at most ...


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Ferrets, like cats, are obligate carnivores and should not eat much else other than meat! It's best to avoid grains, fruits, vegetables.. anything that's not meat. Treats like Marshall Bandit Ferret Treats contain wheat flour and shouldn't be fed to your ferret. Even occasionally feeding your ferret these sugary snacks has the potential to cause ...


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You can bathe your ferrets, so long as you don't do it too often. Once a month is the most frequent I've ever heard a vet or other relatively expert opinion on ferrets express. Be sure to use shampoo formulated specifically for ferrets, as they will be less harsh on their skin and the oils they naturally produce. The few times I bathed my ferrets, I ...


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You're on the right track, the best way I've found is to gradually start mixing in the new food. That way they won't notice it overtaking their old food until they're used to it. The real trick is to do it very gradually. I started with just a spoonful of the new food mixed into their old each time I refilled it. After about two days, I added two spoonfuls. ...


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Getting them accustomed to the harness isn't an overnight task. Whenever you have them out of their enclosure, make sure to put it on and give them a treat when you do it so they associate the harness with good things. When they start to wiggle out of it, you can try scruffing them before they succeed to discourage the behavior. The important thing is to be ...


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Hitting your fuzzy buddies isn't a good idea. Even a gentle tap is a bad idea. It can make them fear you, even if it is a soft tap on the back. They are more likely to become more aggressive. Time out in the carrier and scuffing them and gently dragging them across the floor is the best way. My kiddos dominance fight alot. Until there is blood there is no ...


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Ferrets love to chew on rubbery things. If you can't keep the wires out of their reach or conceal them, try to find some cladding or conduit that you can put around the wires. Try hunting around your local home store or maybe an auto store. I have seen flexible rigid plastic sheaths for wires that may help save the wires.


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I never had to deal with fighting before. However I had worst behaving ferrets. Whenever they did something that I did not like I would slightly tap them on their back. If it continued then I would completely stop paying attention to that ferret for the remainder of the day. You must have noticed how attention seeking they are, so their worst punishment is ...


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I don't think there's a guaranteed, works-100% way to have them get along. The thing to remember is that ferrets have thicker skin than the dog so they may not know how hard of a bite is too hard. If you notice bite-y behavior, you should immediately scruff your ferret to let them know the behavior is not okay. The important thing with that is to be ...


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So you never want to mix species in the same cage. Ferrets are in the weasel family and are natural Born Killers. They WILL kill a squirrel (baby or adult, as well as birds,bunnies, rodents etc...) Also, bunnies are a little territorial. Even if you have the sweetest bunny, an accidental kick from their strong back legs could do some major damage to your ...


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I used to raise ferrets, and the roughness and biting just seems to be a ferret trait. They jump and chatter and bite and bounce...even the most socialized of them just can't help biting sometimes. One of my ferrets had a very odd game that she used to play with one of my roommates at the time, an older man who had a bit of a drinking problem. He would ...


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for my rabbits, I use a strong solution of Milton to rest in the nipple for 5-10 minutes. Then I wash with dish water and then rinse all this out really well leave to dry then rinse again just to be on the safe side. this helped with getting rid of the green stuff that always grows inside the bottles and I've never had a problem with them. I do this once ...


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As Rebecca mentions in her answer cleaning quality product like glass water bottles and stainless steel nipples is much easier, than it is for plastic. There are several options. First and most important if you must use nipples for watering, buy quality stainless steel nipples with quality valves (often this is a stainless steel ball bearing) Use a bottle ...


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Boiling is your best bet but plastic is always hard to clean properly. You can purchase glass bottles with stainless steel nipples, those you can wash in the dish washer or boil them as well. Glass is easier to keep clean. Water should be changed daily and bottles fully cleaned at minimum once a week.


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I'll be honest up front. I don't have, nor have I had, a ferret. I have interacted with them and I know they're smart, full of energy when they're awake, and like to tunnel. I can't tell you for sure that the ferret won't kill the ground squirrels anyway. If it doesn't, then enough harassment might cause them to leave, but more than likely, they'll just go ...


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I have 2 ferrets, a male and female. The male, I'm convinced wouldn't last 2 minutes if he escaped into the wild. Placid, docile & frankly pretty dim I'd say (though I adore him & will be devastated when he pops off). The female on the other hand - smaller, far more agile, clever, resourceful & weary of anything unfamiliar, as a wild animal ...


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Yet another anecdotal bit of evidence rather than quantitative (which is what I was looking for,) but from my experience it seems as though ferrets aren't clever as much as they are persistent and they have a good memory. From the ones I had, it seemed like they would just keep trying to get to whatever it was they were trying to get to, and they would ...


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Our ferret was a Marshall Ferret purchased at a local pet store in Springville, NY in 2012. She was born October 2011 and died July 2014. She had advanced insulinoma and adrenal disease and had to be put down due to painful "screaming" seizures. We were devastated by her very early death and discovered it was common from her breeder. She had to blue dots ...


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