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Young Ferret Cries And Seems Frightened

What can be done to comfort a crying ferret?

By Ailigh Vanderbush
Posted: April 1, 2010, 5 a.m. EDT

Q: I just bought a baby ferret (7 weeks old), and all he does is cry. I feel so sorry for him and am trying to love and cuddle him as much a possible to make him feel happy and comfortable. When he finally gets quiet, any little noise seems to scare him, and he starts crying again. What can I do for him to make him feel safe and secure?
A: That is so young to experience being alone for the first time. I don't hear about it happening a lot in ferrets, but you can try what is suggested for dogs. Place your ferret in some warm bedding with a stuffed animal (watch that your ferret doesn't chew it) and a ticking clock.

During awake hours when you are home, take your ferret out and about to slowly become experienced to new sights and sounds. Don't move too quickly. Give your ferret a chance to set the pace and give him plenty of time to explore.

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Just a warning we had a new baby ferret, little pie slice, he whimpered a lot and almost sounded like a puppy winning, especially when you picked him up too. But he also had diarrhea, and it turned out he had an intestinal problem. Put him on meds and he was better after two weeks. He stopped whimpering and winning after that. It was a stomach and intestinal problem.
Lane, Flagstaff, AZ
Posted: 5/18/2010 11:09:48 AM
That happened with a little guy that came to our petstore. He was too young to be away from his mama, the girls had to bottle feed him for a while. He finally came around and is the sweetest thing ever! He now has a buddy and they love each other so much! I named them Ren and Stimpy!
Nanacy, Montgomery, IL
Posted: 4/21/2010 9:05:16 PM
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