I thought i might post a pic of my panda boy Rob(i'm sure you old forum members remember him) R.I.P my sweetheart... Total waardy, but it's just to help.(he had one little odd backwards blaze line on the back of his neck. No other markings really)
side pic of his whole body And da waardy face Hope i was at least slightly helpful Thank you Handsome Rob Dook In Peace little guy
I'm curious about this - are there levels of waardenberg? Like, can some ferrets with it exhibit very little symptoms while others are unmistakeably touched? Also, what's the connection to the litter box? Why does it make them not use it? Sorry, I'm seeing all this infor and all these questions are coming to me lol
Waardies sometimes have trouble with litter boxes because the syndrome can present learning disabilities. This is also why it's harder to teach them tricks and not to bite. Not saying that all waardies are hard to train though, and yes it can affect them differently from what I've read. The syndrome is caused from a neural crest disorder, which can affect different ferrets differently. As mentioned, some are deaf, some aren't, others have obvious markings, some look like your normal sable. It's a pretty wide classification really.
Very much so. Think of WS as something similar to Down's Sydrome, but on a scale like Asperger's. Some are going to be very mild, others much more severely affected. Worst one I ever saw personally was a wee female. If she'd been human, she'd have also suffered with dwarfism. Tiny, tiny stubbs of legs, a stubb of a tail, huge head, extra large eyes, just a major sweetheart that wouldn't have been physically able to climb into a litter box had she any idea what it was for.
Ferrets: Contessa, Frankenfurter, Butterscotch. Kitties: Watson, Oskar DIP Sinnead, Vincent, Boris, Zeus and Athena, Willow, Mr. Frodo, Indie, Lucrezia, Judge, Odin, Miss Emily, Suki, Cody, Aristotle. RIP Herne, Ligeia, and Mr. Stubbs