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Adding Ferret Friends

Does a surviving ferret need a friend?

By Ailigh Vanderbush
Posted: June 1, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

Q: My ferret just turned a year old. In his short year of life he lost two friends. My daughter’s ferret had to be put to sleep due to tumors in her stomach. Wiley got depressed and just didn't act like himself. I then got a kit and he made a turn. We had the kit for three weeks, but then we found her lying dead on the bedroom floor. It has been about three weeks since the kit died. Wiley has now taken all the toys the kit played with and put these in his house. He now refuses to sleep there. Should I get another kit to relieve some of his pain or will it make it worst? He is eating and drinking but losing weight.

A: The fact that he is losing weight is worrisome and merits a trip to the vet, especially because he is eating and drinking.

Adding another ferret, after the vet-check, is a good idea because Wiley is used to having another ferret around. Ferrets are fairly resilient animals, and I am sure he would appreciate the company. Make sure you get him checked out by the veterinarian first though.

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I have a 5 YO Albino Male, Silas. He was alone for a year, then I got a (then) 5 MO male DEW Woody (Woodstock), 1 year different. They got along and played well immedicately. Then when they were 5 & 4, I got a female Sable, 4 MO. The younger played quickly with Woody, but Silas wasn't too pleased with her. he beat her up pretty reularly. After about 3 weeks, and too much interference from me, Silas accepted her, and she homors him with a neck lick when she sees him. Then Woody died. Silas found him and seemed really troubled. But he wouldn't play anymore, and seemed old and lathargic. I got another Female, Angel (First is Starr)and they play well together but again, Silas is really rough on her. I assume it is all Alpha Male stuff, but will be happy when it is over with. Starr can sleep in Silas's hole (a sock drawer but Angel has to sleep alone.) I have a Vet appt. on Monday because Silas is acting strange, but I am told he is becoming generic (at 5?) because he is an Albino. All animals will be checked, and Angel will get her first shots.
Joe, Pflugerville, TX
Posted: 6/13/2009 10:15:17 AM
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