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Old 06-18-03, 09:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ferrets

Does anyone here have one? I really want to get one and have been researching for a while but I cant find any breeders in the lower mainland of b.c. I would prefer to buy from a breeder but it seems only petstore animals are around I am also thinking of adopting one if I can find one
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Old 06-18-03, 09:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know any breeders. But I used to work in a pet store and Ferrets can have a MAJOR temper problem. About 75% of them were in dire need of taming. Because their bites really hurt lol

But honestly, they're so cute and if you don't mind putting in the time it takes to tame down an animal. Go for it. And good luck.

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I had a female ferret named Twinkles for 12 years.
I have also had numerous other ferrets. I haven't encountered a 75% aggresion problem but I suppose its true for many that aren't cared for properly. Our ferret would kiss you lips, and bite your ankles! They play aggresively but not any more than a cat.

You should try a local ferret shelter. I am planning on adopting two from the Toronto Ferret shelter someday...here are a couple links from BC i think

http://www.ferrets.org/
http://www.vrbspca.bc.ca/index.asp

Ferrets can be great pets, but they return abuse with abuse and ill health in most cases.

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I've had ferrets for most of my life and they are great pets, but very demanding. They have to be tamed at an early age or it becomes much harder later on. They require a ton of play time(min. 2hrs outside of the cage per night), they can smell pretty bad unless their cage is cleaned daily but they make up for all the work with their personalities. I've never had a more entertaining pet in my life, and that's saying something considering how many I've had.
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I have no problem taming them from what I understand they learn very quickly too thatnks for the links I found the ferrets.org one I should call the spca And see if they have any I just dont want to get one with health problems I also wouldnt mind having it at a young age I love to fight with animals Me and the cat have a on going battle he often sneeks up and nipps me in the ear I dont have a problem with a little pain I also think most pet store animals have problems in the store because its always loud and they get little attention and time to run around
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Some ferret shelters do have young ones in at times from unwanted litters and what not. Also, you can specify you want one on the healthier side, and a lot of times they have those too. They also have older ferrets who have been through tons of crap and just need a place to "retire" Normally something for everyone!

I hope you get lucky and find the one for you at a shelter! But then again I am sure there are local breeders as well.

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All I have to say is...

FERRETS ARE EVIL I TELL YOU... EVILLLLLL!!!!! This one at Petland tried to rip my arm off, and continuously gnawed at it trying to kill me and rip me to shreads. I swear it was out there to get me!

But on the other hand, they're pretty cool... just... ummm... I try to watch out for the bitey little ones. They have this look in their faces, ya know... like they're gonna kill you. And you know it too... at least I do. I see it... it's in their eyes. Staring at you... haunting you... waiting for the right moment. TO ATTACK!!! And you never know until it happends...

Okay I must be tired, I'm going to bed.
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Ferrets can be nippy if not trained properly, but I have taken in adult ferrets with ill tempers, and tamed them down to nice friendly pets. I have rescued adult ferrets myself, and they are fabulous! I would definately recommend them as pets, to the right people.
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I have had ferrets for many years, and ALL baby and young ferrits bite. Training and getting bitten is required.(just the honest truth)
They are a Kitten for life(good and the bad stuff)
We just love them.

see my picture gallery and you'll see one on the couch with the dogs.

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I will call up first and see whats going on. First I will need to build a cage right now I am thinking 3 ft long 2 ft wide 6 ft tall with 3 storys and a door on every story
I am not worried about a bad tempered ferret I red through every faq I could find before i posted this up
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We have 3, 2 boys and a girl. If you get one, you have to get 2. They play a lot. They are a hassle to clean up after. I finally said to heck with the cage and made a room just for them. My guys are out and about 14-7.
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I LOVE FERRETS!!!!!!!!!!! I used to have 3 of them. One i got from a friend she was 7 or 8 years old her name was lil' bi#%@ you get the picture she was the devil to her previous owner. But within 2 weeks of me having her she calmed down and would love on me and give me kisses, but she hated everyone else. She was the BEST!!!!! then the other 2 i had i bought as babies and they were loving to everybody. I guess most ferrets could have a bad temper you just have to know how to tame them. All the ones i have had were perfect little angels. And they can stink if you don't keep the cage clean.
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But I used to work in a pet store and Ferrets can have a MAJOR temper problem. About 75% of them were in dire need of taming. Because their bites really hurt
Couldn't agree more! Those little buggers have a good bite on them... even though I worked at a reptile store, we used to get in the odd exotic warm and fuzzy critter for sale... we had a pair of baby ferrets once and never again! To clean them all I would do was dangle a workglove in and one would bite and I would transfer it to the holding box and repeat for the other
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My mom used to breed them, and ours were always tame. Then again we played with them from birth

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I have a ferret too. She is a sweet heart through and through. She comes from a mom and pop pet store and was tame when I got her. And trained not to bite. I have seen a few in pet stores. I'd say about half of them weren't tame, and the other half were little angels. If you get just one you will have to spend lots of time with him/her. They are very active. And if you cage them you will need a fairly big cage. Here is bella's cage. She also comes out to play, has a play pen box, and a ferret ball to run around in. They get into the darndest places. lol.
And the smell is true. Bella is fixed and decented but it's her poop that kills us. lol, got to clean the cage at least every second day for one ferret, every day for more than one. And she has a large littler pan. Most ferrets wont use the corner pans.

Here is Bella and her cage.




Oh, and it is so fun to take her for walks. She loves the outdoor.
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