Posted: February 1, 2010, 5 a.m. EST
Caff-Pow The Ferret Grows Up
Some time has passed, and Caff-Pow, too, has made that special trip to the veterinarian and come home two gonads lighter. He put on a little more belly fat after that, and now has a permanent weight of about two Todds. He is older, and no longer cries his honking kit cries. His coat is an adult ferret's coat. And he still enjoys spending time with Todd, exploring the house. They are affectionate companions, but Caff-Pow has a new favorite playmate, Sterling, the cat.
Sterling is an 8-pound cat that can jump much farther than Todd can, and Caff-Pow dearly loves to make 5 and 6 foot vertical leaps from table to couch, etc. The cat enjoys playing "Roll Around On The Floor And Bite." Todd is willing to play from time to time, but the cat is a much better competitor, much closer to Caff-Pow's ability than Todd is. The cat is faster than Todd, more agile. On days when rain keeps the cat inside, the house is filled with bumps and thumps and crashes. It is the sound of Sterling and Caff-Pow playing, and playing hard. While Sterling's play is peppered with snarls and growls and yowls, Caff-Pow's is virtually silent, save for the things he knocks into or over.
Ferrets Are Forever Friends
I am grateful that Todd and Caff-Pow have managed to make this transition from full-time playmates to affectionate companions. At this point, there is just no way that Todd could keep up with Caff-Pow, and he doesn't try. I don't have any sense that he feels abandoned or left behind. I truly believe that Caff-Pow's level of athleticism holds no interest for Todd. The cat, however, really enjoys having a rainy day indoor playmate. Sometimes, Caff-Pow is actually a bit more than even he can handle! But at the end of the day, it is always Todd and Caff-Pow curled up in the hammock, taking and giving affection and comfort through the night. Forever homes make for forever friends.
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Alexandra Sargent-Colburn lives in Massachusetts with fish, ferrets, a cat, a husband and a neurotic dog. The ferrets are in charge.