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A Life Changed By Ferrets

The ways ferrets can touch a life and change it are endless.

By Priscilla Gabrielle
Posted: December 1, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

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Ferrets Ralph and Trixie
Courtesy Priscilla Gabrielle
Ralph (left) and Trixie changed their owner's life for the better.

I changed my life because of my ferrets. Ralph and Trixie added such love, companionship and joy to my life that the changes I made were well worth it!

I ferret-proofed my house, getting down on hands and knees to "think like a ferret!" Ferrets have an unending curiosity along with a streak of fearlessness that can get them into trouble. So even with the ferret-proofing, I monitored them closely when they were out. I also have a "ferret pen" set up in the living room for periods when I cannot watch them closely. It is loaded with toys, blankets, tunnels, food, water bowls and litter box. I also have a Ferret Nation Cage taking up the space that would probably hold an entertainment center.

I keep busy with the necessary cleaning, washing, sweeping, mopping, and litter box scooping daily — most often twice a day. My kids are four-legged demolition champions! A neat, clean and arranged play area can be transformed into total chaos in mere moments.

Ralph is a most excellent water bowl tipper. I could use a lock-type crock or a really heavy water bowl, but I don't! Ralph has so much fun doing his water bowl tipping, that I don't have the heart to take it away from him. Besides, he is so much fun to watch. Sometimes I think he is an otter, he loves the water so much. Trixie was a food stasher; “eat one-stash one” was her motto. So, my hand sweeper was always in use.

Besides the physical changes I made to safely be owned by ferrets, I made other, more intangible, changes.

My ferrets’ health, happiness and care are a most important priority. They are the first thing I think about in the morning. I couldn’t wait to get home from work to let them out to play. I stopped taking long vacations, because I didn't want to be away from them for more than a few days. When I did go away, I had a wonderful pet sitter come to the house two times a day to feed and play with them. This required planning, and I had to consider the cost of their pet sitter’s care in my travel budget.

My disposable income is no longer an issue — I don't have one! Ralph and Trixie saw the veterinarian often for routine vaccinations, frequent well-visit checkups, plus care for illnesses. At just 3 1/2 years old, Trixie was diagnosed with lymphoma in December of 2008. She saw the veterinarian about every two weeks for exams, blood work, medications, etc. Lymphoma is not curable, but I hoped to be able to get her into a remission. After Trixie was diagnosed in December, I spent more than $1,000 on exams, diagnostic tests and medications in just two months.

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Have a ferret with unconfirmed lymphoma...if anyone could share your experiences (diagnostic testing, etc.) with me, I'd appreciate it.
Heather, Wanaque, NJ
Posted: 12/5/2009 4:45:41 PM
I understand exactly how you feel about your fuzzies. I cried reading your story. We to have lost babies to lymphoma. They are such wonderful loving creatures. They love you unconditionally. Thank you so much for sharing your story and your fuzzies with us.
Becky, Pittsfield, IL
Posted: 12/3/2009 8:57:31 AM
i know exactly what you mean by not wanting to be away from them long. I can hardly wait to get home and let my girls out to play after work each day. =) they're so good for the heart.
jill, winnipeg, MB
Posted: 12/1/2009 1:00:38 PM
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