I’ve had Farrah on Kitten Revolution for a month now, but she still has tons of fleas! I noticed her scratching a lot these past two days so I looked and saw a couple of them. I gave her a bath and she had about 15 fleas on her! Oh my god, I’m just freaking out because I don’t know what else I can do for her. I don’t take her outside anymore. The only way she might be getting these fleas might be because of our Chihuahua, but I can’t just kick her out (as much as I’d like to). I clean the cage weekly, and even then she only has two beds that are detachable which I wash and the rest is just wipe-able so there isn’t anything for these fleas to make beds in.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I know it will be winter soon and these nasty fleas will be gone, but until then, should I just bathe her every few days? I’m extremely stressed out, I really don’t want my baby to be uncomfortable and I feel like I’ve tried everything, even buying the $50 Revolution for kittens which doesn’t seem to be doing anything.
Edit: My dogs have also been treated for fleas. Edit #2: I’m completely aware of how frequent baths can dry out their skin, but it’s really the only option I have to rid her of fleas, unfortunately :/
hi! i recently got a young ferret (estimated around 3 months old) and though i know he's biting to play, would it be a good time to start train him not to bite or should i wait a bit more?
Hey there! (: I think the sooner the better! Just like other pets, training them at a young age is the fastest way to get them to stop getting into trouble. But persistence is the key with young ferrets, it may take quite a few scruffs before they realize that what they’re doing is wrong. When he’s not biting, remember to reward him with a little bit of ferretone!
I hate it! It won’t even upload a 10 second video of Farrah, and it never has. So now I have no way of uploading these videos, unless anyone else has an iPhone and can help me out with this problem.
Farrah has been a monster all day long. For 5 hours straight she’s been wreaking havoc throughout the room, including biting my food so hard she drew blood. I can’t even discipline her because she’s so damn adorable. Ugh.
Also, if you have no other choice would buying a ferret from petco be alright? Thanks. :)
A lot of people are against buying ferrets from department stores. While it is best to look for a breeder or a shelter in your area, if there isn’t any other way of getting a ferret then that is what you have to do. Check craigslist out too, but be very careful with that. I bought my first ferret from a woman on craigslist who told me he was only 2 years old, and when I took him to the vet I found out that he was 5 years old with insulinoma. He died shortly after and I was devastated, so make sure if you go that route to research who you’re adopting from! As far as department store ferrets go, my take on it is, it’s not their fault they were put in that position. If they’re going to a home, it might as well be an educated/experienced ferret owner who will take care of them rather than some little kid who knows nothing about them.
Do you have any major caring tips and taming advice for a beginner? I'm getting my first ferret on my birthday. I'm probably going to use the scruff-time-out method on him, or the yelp. Thoughts?
Hey there! Everyone usually has their own little tips for taming their ferrets. It takes quite a while for a fuzzy to completely understand the punishment you’re giving them and what for. Farrah has a tendency to dig into things she shouldn’t, like the carpet. Or stealing spoons. Haha. What I usually do is grab Farrah by her scruff and lay her on the ground belly up. This shows them that you are dominant, and they need to listen! Another thing you can do (if they aren’t deaf) is make a lot of noise, clapping, shaking a can of pennies, and just yell NO. They’re pretty stubborn so it may take a few times! Another method that I’ve seen is taking them by the scruff, laying them belly up, and dragging them for a couple feet. This is a major submission method and it will get their attention!
Before you get your ferret, it’s important to know that they are A LOT of work. Including very high vet bills. First off, they’re considered an exotic pet, and the majority of vet offices don’t treat exotic animals. Make sure there’s one around your area, or at least one that you don’t mind the drive. Secondly, because they’re exotic and the vet you’re seeing knows that, they will gladly empty your pockets. I had a ferret who needed a simple surgery and it ended up being a little over $1000. If the ferret you’re getting is a Marshalls ferret, as sad as it is, they will likely come down with insulinoma or adrenal. Both of these are easily treated if caught early, but at a hefty price. Like I said, your vet will know that he/she is one of the few that will treat your fuzzy, and they don’t mind charging you more for it. (I’ve had a lot of trouble with vets in my area! Yours may be a lot better, though (: )
Food is especially important to understand as well. The cheaper the bag of food is, the worse it is for your ferret. Pay close attention to the ingredients on the side of the bag. If there are any grains, carbs, fruits, and vegetables, this food is not the best for your fuzzy. Even the $30 Zupreem Grain Free, which I learned from experience. While all ferret foods have their flaws, for kibble, I suggest Evo. It’s one of the best and a lot cheaper to buy online. Ultimately, your ferret should be fed a holistic diet, which is an all meat diet usually fed raw. This is a pretty good forum to look into if you’re going that route: http://holisticferret60.proboards.com/index.cgi
However a lot of ferrets don’t take to the raw so easily! What I do for Farrah is boil some chicken thighs, take the meat off and put a little bit of ferretone on it. She usually eats it right up. As for treats, ferrets don’t necessarily need them. When I’m low on N-Bones chicken chew sticks, I take separate pieces of her kibble, put a little ferretone on it, and she loves it. If you give your ferret a piece of food by itself, they’ll consider that a treat. C:
Finally, ferret proofing! Make sure you don’t leave your ferret unattended unless that room is ferret proof. No wires plugged in, or any that they can get a hold of. No small objects that they’ll chew and choke on, basically anything that they’ll do to hurt themselves. Ferretorium is one of the many people that have a room specifically for their fuzzies, which is a great idea! She’s also very educated with ferrets and is a great person to ask!
It looks like a lot to take in! Haha, but they’re very rewarding pets to have and it’s worth all of the work they need. Once you get into the swing of things, everything starts turning into routine and you’ll really enjoy taking care of them.
Whew, sorry for the wall of text! Please let me know if I didn’t cover something you need to know, I’ll happily answer all of your questions. (:
A careful way to walk around your house with a loose ferret. For example:
Extremely slow “waddle” While looking solely towards the floor careful not to step on your fuzzy’s paws while they bite and jump at your feet. Yep. Farrah has made me master this, and I realized it as soon as I saw my ridiculous reflection in the mirror.
I’ll actually be going to the mountains this weekend and won’t be taking Farrah so my mother in law will be taking care of her until Sunday. This will be our first trip without her and I’m going to miss her so bad :(
thelifeofmyferrets said: where is she getting the spoons? Tilly knows how to open the cabinet underneath the utensils draw. She jumps on the shelf and jumps into the drawer.
Farrah gets spoons because Jordan and I are lazy. Lmao, whenever we bring a bowl of cereal or something upstairs to eat while we’re watching a movie, we set the bowl on the floor when we’re done. Since Farrah roams the bedroom she steals the spoons from the bowls and stashes them. The sad thing is I didn’t even realize it until not long ago when I looked in the spoon drawer and realized there was only like 2 in there.