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Crying Ferret

Why is a ferret crying?

By Ailigh Vanderbush
Posted: August 1, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Q: I recently bought a ferret, and she cries all the time. The only time she is not crying is when she is being held or if we are playing with her. Why is she doing this? Is something wrong?

A: Ferrets are usually quiet animals so paying attention to a sound is always a good idea because the ferret is clearly trying to communicate something.

A crying or whimpering ferret may be feeling under the weather or may be lonely if it is young. When you first bring home a new ferret, it may feel lonely because this is probably the first time it is away from its littermates or from the other ferrets at the store. Therefore, it can be expected that she will cry out for the companions who are no longer there. As your new ferret adjusts to your home and her new companions (you), the whimpering should stop. You have already seen that it stops when you interact with her.

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awe what a cutie. my baby kuda did the same thing at first.
jill, wpg, MB
Posted: 12/29/2009 11:36:57 AM
Getting another ferret so they can have a friend so they aren't lonely. I had the same problem until I got a second ferret. It is twice the fun now that I got two.
Sylvia, Rogers, AR
Posted: 7/15/2009 11:48:41 AM
i just bought my first ferret and he crys alot but he never wants to move its like hes tired all the time he never plays or anything.
chasity, new tazewell, TN
Posted: 6/16/2009 8:24:21 PM
My Skipper, when he was a kit, cried/whimpered in his condo the first couple nights he was here. It just melted my heart, and as soon as I was over there to get him, he shut up. He had other ferrets in there with him, but I think he was just lonely and a little stressed missing his litter mates. Give them LOTS of love and special attention and play with them and talk to them a lot, and they will soon become comfortable with their new home and not cry anymore.

I like the stuffed animal idea, too.... as LONG as you check it for chewing... kits like to chew bedding and toys left in their cage until their adult teeth come in... if your ferret DOES chew bedding, feed him a tablespoon or two of warmed Libby's Pure Canned Pumpkin every four hours until he poops out the offending material; it may save you from having to have emergency blockage surgery.
Weaslemom, KC, MO
Posted: 11/8/2008 10:48:24 PM
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