Monday, February 20, 2017

Picture updates

Sorry for no recent blog posts. Meanwhile you can check out our Instagram updates.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Hat giveaway


Here are the results of our ferret hat giveaway!

This is the list of the participants in the order they have submitted their entries:

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Cutting nails

It is important to cut ferret's nails regularly, when nails grow too long, they make it hard for ferrets to walk and catch on fabrics. When ferrets get caught on something, they start pulling very hard and may rip their nail off completely. It is extremely painful and exposes a ferret to infections.

Here is how I trim my ferrets' nails.
Quick and painless way to cut ferret's nails.

1. Distract your ferret with a treat, favorite toy, mineral oil or

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Shedding

Ferrets shed their coats in spring and autumn to get ready for seasonal changes. Winter coat is thick, fluffy, with thick lighter-colored undercoat. Summer coat is thin with little undercoat.

During shedding season, ferrets can accidentally swallow their shedding fur when they groom or eat.  If enough of these hairs are ingested a hairball can form. Ferrets can’t cough up hair like cats do, so the hairballs collect in the stomach and eventually cause dangerous intestinal blockages that must be surgically removed.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Why Kibble Destroys Teeth

By Robert Church
link to the source

Q: "I can't understand why if cats and dogs can eat kibble without hurting their teeth, ferrets can't. Can you answer why or why not?"
A: Ferrets are not cats, nor are they dogs, and every vet that makes that assumption will ultimately come to rue the decision. It is a remarkable thing that people can accept the huge leap that a ferret's

Sunday, December 20, 2015

How to switch a ferret to raw food

Ferrets are quite difficult to introduce a new diet to. Patience and consistency matter the most when switching your ferret’s diet. The process will take several months during which you can't go back to feeding the old food.


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Best and worst ferret cages

Over time, I have used a number of ferret cages. Some of them good, others not so much. 
Here are advantages and disadvantages of different ferret cages in my opinion.

Midwest Ferret Nation double unit 

Size: 36"L x 25"W x 63 1/4"H
Price: $200 to $300

Pros: 
good size for up to 3 ferrets; safe; sturdy and durable; has large doors for easy access; has secure dual locks; has storage under cage; has wheels; can be expanded infinitely by adding an extra units; replacement parts are available; many accessories available

Cons:
gets rusty; must be used with covers for shelves and ramps; does not have a deep bottom, the mess from the cage will fall out on the floor; not easy to take apart once built; may get rusty;

Friday, November 20, 2015

Ferret enjoys Bath time

Rumpel is the most well-behaved ferret ever!
Among other things, he does not mind taking a bath.
Watch a YouTube video of him enjoying his spa day.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Felicia the ferret - world's smallest particle physicist


In 1971, this ferret played a key role in the construction of particle accelerators at Fermilab's Meson Laboratory.

Fermilab — officially known as Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory — is a particle physics facility near Chicago, IL.
For many years, the heart of the lab was the Tevatron, consisting of several accelerators constructed to smash protons and antiprotons together at an appreciable fraction of the speed of light. However, all the experiments required extremely clean tubes held at high vacuum for the particles to travel through, to avoid random collisions and other undesirable contamination.

As sections of vacuum chamber were connected together, Felicia would run through them, dragging a string. After she had carried the string all the way through, researchers would use the line to run a rag doused in cleaning solution through the long, narrow tubes.

Read newspaper articles about Felicia found Fermilab archives.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

DIY ferret maze

Ferrets love different mazes and tunnels. They will keep them entertained for hours.

Here are 11 great idea on how to make a ferret maze (scroll down to see all images).

What is a good ferret food like?



Proper diet is extremely important for ferrets, their health, mood and life span depend directly on it.

Ferrets are obligate carnivores (eat only meat), so anything containing fruits, vegetables or significant amount of corn is not suitable for them. Ferrets cannot digest these items and can lead into blockages and other serious health issues.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Melly - the greediest ferret ever!


Watch our hilarious YouTube video of Melly getting angry, when someone tries to take her favourite toy away. Put the volume on high to hear her hissing.

Ferrets' top 3 favourite toys

Ferrets have a lot of energy, and if they don't release it they become anxious and destructive.
It is very important that a ferret has toys that are safe for him/her to play with.

I have purchased most ferret toys on the market and many of them turned out to be of a low quality, unsafe or completely useless. I put together a list of the best ferret toys I have had. These 3 are by far the most popular among all ferrets that I have had. I hope this information saves you time and money!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

How to make a litter box that your ferret will use

Litter training a ferret may not be easy. The first step in doing it is getting a right kind of a litter box, that a ferret is comfortable in.

Today I am going to show you how to make a litter box that is virtually seamless. It is just as attractive for a ferret as an empty corner.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

3 humane ways to take a Halloween picture of your pet.


With less than one week till Halloween a lot of pictures of dresses up pets is uploaded onto social media. They look adorable, I agree. But let's be honest, at best your pet couldn't care less about a Halloween costume. But what is more likely, he or she simply hates to be dressed up. I have three different suggestions how to take a nice seasonal photo of your pet and do it humanely :)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Rescue kitten brought up by 5 ferrets.


A 5 month old stray kitten was rescued and brought into a home of five boy ferrets. She grew up with them and they became the family she never had. Now this kitty thinks she’s part ferret.

Her name is Komari. She was found abandoned at five months old. They took her home and nursed her back to health. She was a sickly little kitten when she arrived in her new home, but soon that changed.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Shelter ferrets waiting for their forever homes.

These great ferrets and many others are waiting to be adopted at Scales and Tails Exotic Pet Rescue in Randolf, NJ.

 Bam Bam is a beautiful young ferret, about 1 1/2 years old but has not been hand trained well and will bite, she has improved but will need to go to a home with experience and no young children.
Adopt Bam Bam!

Tricky ferret steals Halloween treat!



Watch a hilarious video of Charlotte trying to steal Halloween cookies on Youtube!




Saturday, October 24, 2015

Canine distemper virus


Danger! Canine distemper virus (CDV)

Vaccinate ferrets against CD every year!

CD is a contagious disease that affects ferrets, dogs, foxes, skunks, raccoons, possibly exotic cats and other animals.

Ferrets will be exposed to CDV if they come in contact with an infected animal, or it's body fluids. Also, you can bring CDV home on your shoes and clothes, if you have gone to woods, a pet store, a shelter, or a park.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Ferret shelters in NY, NJ, CT area

Shelters and rescues that definitely have ferrets up for adoption:

Cat Assistance Inc.
PO Box 539 Ardsley, NY 10502 US
Email: catassistanceny@gmail.com
www.petfinder.com/shelters/NY24.html

A wheelchair for a ferret


NBC5i.com 

What likely fate do you suppose would befall a ferret, found abandoned and paralyzed? 
As it happens, for Scooter the ferret, being found in such a state turned out to be a very lucky break.
Scooter was paired up with a ferret fanatic in Colorado, Bill Higbee, after he heard of about the ferret from the town vet.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Ferret saved from a house fire


Three people were sent to hospital after a house fire in Fruitvale last night, according to Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Chief Terry Martin.

“The cause was an unattended pot of grease that was left on the stove,” Martin said. “The fire was contained to a small area in the kitchen.”

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Baby Ferrets play fighting


Watch a cute and funny video of Mickey and Melly play fighting on Youtube!



Ferrets for adoption in CT, NY, NJ area

These 3 rescue ferrets are looking for a home!

They are about 3,5 y.o.; descented and fixed; friendly and playful; two girls and a boy.

They have been through hard times and multiple homes so they can be adopted only by an experienced ferret owner.

They are in Putnam, CT, but a delivery may be arranged to an excellent owner living in NYC or northern NJ.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Ferret Farm was featured on Animal Planet!


Yesterday Discovery Channel website posted a story about Charlotte and Rumpel!

I am (their human) is very happy proud of them being featured on Animal Planet.

This post is a complete surprise to me. There was an unusually high activity on our Instagram yesterday that left me puzzled. So I eventually asked one of our new followers how had she learned about this account and she showed me this post.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

How to give a stress-free bath (right way to bathe a ferret)

How to give your pet a stress-free bath.
I learned this trick in a dog training school and it has worked for cats, dogs and ferrets other small mammals very well.
Most ferrets are afraid of being bathed, some of the ferrets that I encountered were so terrified, that they would urinate and defecate at a sight of it. Since many people bathe their ferrets anyway, it is important that a ferret does not get stressed with it.
So this is how it is done:
1 Prepare a bucket of warm water (warmer than you are comfortable with when you shower, as ferret's body temperature is higher).

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Human foods are dangerous!

Friends, please NEVER let your ferrets have human foods. Ferrets can ONLY eat animal proteins which are small rodents, beef, chicken, fish and eggs. 
Many people say that it's ok, if you give them a little bit every now and then, but it is absolutely wrong. It is the same as giving a little bit of alcohol and heroin to a baby. It won't kill it immediately, but it will cause very serious health problems in the long run. 
Over time ferrets develop insulinoma. It is a condition when a tumor grows on ferret's pancreas. This tumor causes the excess production of insulin causing a dangerously low blood glucose level - hypoglycemia.

Safe clean up

Friends, it is very important that you use ONLY animal safe of baby safe cleaners. 

Cleaners like Lysol, Clorox and other popular ones are very toxic for ferrets. If you don't rinse it off very well and your ferret licks the surface it was cleaned with, they will get sick and may even die. 

Examples of pet safe cleaners: Kaytee clean cage, Johnson's clean n' safe, Clean + Green cleaner and odor remover, Nature's miracle cage cleaner.