Yep. That's exactly what I did, lol. My babies aren't particularly picky eaters. My little girl was an eating machine when she was tiny, and in order to get his own meal, her brother had to dive in and grab it and eat it and THEN decide if he liked it or not. When the two new boys arrived, they were in the middle of switching to raw, so I coddled them a little bit and cut things up some but as I recall, they liked frog from their first taste.
Awesome! I guess I will have to go to the asian store and by her some frog legs. She has frogs. That little ferret that barely weighs anything can jump out of things I wouldnt even think she could do. I swear shes part frog lol
It seems that frog is one of those love it or hate it foods, no in between. Poncesmom was so excited to find frog legs for her crew and only one of hers liked them. The other four had reactions from ignoring them to throwing a fit, lol.
Shelbys pretty spoiled but I have not had her refuse something completely. I have had to coax her once but other than that shes been really easy. My fiance and I are thinking of buying another ferret but he wants an albino with black eyes and I cant even find an albino at all.
2 ferrets are twice the fun! And really not any more work than one. But if he's wanting the black eyes, that is not an albino. True albinos have pink eyes. White with black eyes are called DEWs, dark-eyed whites. Because of their breeding, many DEWs are deaf and some are Waardie's. That doesn't mean they're any less special though. My Casper is a deaf DEW and he is the sweetest little guy. His handicap isn't obvious unless you know what to look for. I don't treat him any differently than the others and he's probably the most cuddly. He likes for me to hold him close against me and sing to him. He'll put his head against my throat to feel the vibrations. <3
Simple answer, it's a neural crest disorder that causes wardenburg's and deafness. The same disorder causes a lack of pigmentation on the head. Any ferret except a true albino with white on its head (DEWs, pandas, blazes) is more likely to be deaf and/or a waardie.
Testing for deafness is mostly by trial. Hearing ferrets will respond to noises such as a squeaky toy or bags rustling or a vacuum. Deaf ferrets, if they can't SEE the source of the noise, don't respond. If they can see the toy or whatever they react just like the hearing ferrets, so you have to be sure they can't see the source. And you have to test over a period of time. Sometimes they just ignore things, lol. They're very good at hiding health issues, deafness included. My Casper was with a rescue for several months before he came home with me and the shelter mom was positive that he could hear. He seemed to respond to all kinds of noises. It wasn't until he was home for a few weeks that I was sure he was (is) deaf. An air horn blew literally right outside my front window and everyone in the room jumped, animals and people alike, except for Casper. He never flinched, never turned his head. After deciding that yes, he was definitely deaf, we began noticing other little things. He is never the first to come when I call; he always follows the lead of one of the others. He has a peculiar little twist of his head when he knows there's something going on but he can't tell what it is. (I think some people call it the 'pez head'.) He sleeps more deeply than the others. He's unsure of himself and startles easily in new places, especially outdoors. Just little things that on their own I would never associate with deafness, but knowing that he is deaf I can see how he compensates.
Oh okay makes sense. My little shelby is a weird color. Like shes the color of a panda but doesnt have a complete white head on top of her head is black and she has black eyeliner like a football player but she has a white part on her neck that would make her a blaze if it connected to the white on her face and it doesnt the black is in the way. So I have no idea what color you would consider her.
I see what you mean. She's almost a blaze but not quite. She's beautiful regardless of what she's called. That white mark on her head does mean that there is a higher likelihood of her being deaf. Have you noticed any signs or just curious?
I dont think she is. I had a water bottle with no water in it. And I held it above her head and she was in a little cat cube so she couldnt really see it and I squished it to see if she reacted and she did look up. So I dont think shes deaf. But I could be wrong.