Yep <3 Binx had some initial fuss over soupies but he eventually accepted they were food. He's a real sweet little boy <3 Will demand belly tickles every time that I open the cage and if I refuse then he starts nudging my hand and flopping down next to it. I'll be happy when he has a friend so even when I can't play with him someone can~
I would send them an email anyways telling them that they're crazy. Ferrets cost about $300 where i am and I saw 2 4 year olds online for $400. I was looking for cages so I didn't say anything but I thought that was a bit much. Especially since they had a 1 floor rabbit cage.
If you download tapatalk on your phone, the smilies will work. It's also easier to upload photos and view them. Also helps you keep track of threads you want to follow.. I'm following this one in hopes that I can learn how to switch but apparently not lol. Congrats on your meat eating ferret!
They're in town, not FB. And I just said that it was too much for me. And they didn't say what kind of cage they had, but I don't think they'll get 300 for them. Not for soon to be seniors. And ty <3 I'm so happy he's scarfing down his soupies. I've got some chicken slivers in there as well so hoping he'll eat those too.
Last Edit: Sept 24, 2017 21:27:31 GMT -5 by pegleg
pegleg & aurra Actually, as I said, since it's 3 ferrets, that makes it $100 a piece, which immediately sounds better in people's minds, age notwithstanding plenty of times lol. They will almost certainly get someone who is willing to pay that for 3 ferrets. Now the person doesn't need to be smart per say.. or even ferret-experienced, but they will get sold. Here on the classifieds it's not even uncommon to see someone ask $350 for a single 2-year old originally bought from Petco at $170, and not even coming with a cage, and those too sell. If they come with a cage, even if it's one of the crappy Kaytee 3-tiers.. they will likely still get sold without the people really needing to bother dropping the price.
That said.. taking into account possible medical concerns.. I too, would feel a bit at odds end to try and spend that much on them. And even so, if anyone ever offers the words "OBO", I will almost certainly ask them how low is it they are willing to go, offering that we have ferret experience and can offer them a happy, safe and healthy forever home catered to their needs. I got Ares and his brother Apollo at 7 months old, a FN Double cage without any damages or scratches, including 2 sets of pan covers, ladder covers and an exit ramp with cover, as well as a large cat tree condo-thing, all for $100. So, yeah it can be done if someone is willing to negotiate or listen and truly care about a better home more than money.
The worst thing.. the absolute worst I have seen is people get one cheaply and then put it right back up for sale at a ridiculous price. Monstrous people...
Last Edit: Sept 24, 2017 22:32:40 GMT -5 by LindaM
LindaM Yeah I do understand. But this person explained that they got them for free from a friend, and they're now trying to sell them for that price. So I sort of feel like she's just trying to flip them for money, like what you said I can't imagine they're that well taken care of under those circumstances, but I can't afford the vet bills.
I hate people... This is why I got ferrets.. lol I don't need friends just fuzzies. I saw a shirt that says "I like maybe 3 people and my ferrets" I'm tempted to get it. I don't know how someone can look at a face and treat it like an object. I understand if something has happened to the family and they can't have the pet anymore but selling them because you don't want them! That's just gross. I have bigger attachments to my mugs and star wars pint glasses!
I get really angry when people do stuff like that, or the ones who try and use "I put a price to make sure they go to a good home".. sometimes that price is what makes it so they don't go to a good home.. how do you class a good home? A home with money but no experience or even common sense? A home who can't afford the pet but have experience? A home who can do some of both? It all varies from person to person, but I personally think the whole "adding a price to ensure a good home" angle is highly abused and mostly nonsense half the time.
And yes, it can be an inconvenience, but it if is truly that much of an unprepared for inconvenience that someone doesn't want to deal with at all, then pass it along to someone else, don't try to make a gain off of it. So yea, that is kinda shady. If they really put money into them, then I can understand wanting to get a bit back, but not at the risk of them not finding a good home. Some people just have no sense or ability to feel, it's really sad.
I'm glad you are taking the time to properly think this out and have made up your mind that one more will be a good number and that you will be able to care for that one more. It gets just as bad when people add more pets than they can safely care for in a good way... hmm.. animal hoarders.. it happens and it isn't always a happy story.
Last Edit: Sept 24, 2017 23:32:36 GMT -5 by LindaM
I agree. I mean, if she had asked for credentials, I could have told her my years of experience with exotic animals. That I have an exotic vet I can trust who has seen everything from lizards to guinea pigs from my family. But 300 for an animal you got for free just seems... Well obviously they just want the money. But they said they just got them and they came with everything, so they literally just accepted them with the intention of passing them on to someone else for money because ferrets can be expensive animals.
But yes, two is a good number for me right now. Binx and one more. I already raw feed my dog, who I can feed for about $30 a month (she's a small dog) I can't imagine two ferrets adding more than around $20 to that. There's a grocery store in town that has AMAZING sales on the weekend for cardholders. I'm talking 4lbs of beef short ribs for $5. Naturally, I am a cardholder haha. So getting a lot of meat for cheap is easy for me I'm more concerned about vet bills, as I know once Binx and the other ferret hit around 16 months I want to get them vaccinated.
The vaccinations are quite cheap, you are likely to pay more in stress and tears than cash for that. I think both Distemper and Rabies are each around $30 or so. I only vaccinate once for each in the life of each of my ferrets, the risks one runs with vaccines are much too high for me to want to risk more. Plus due to that risk I'm always a wreck at even the thought of needing to do that, thus saying "you pay more in stress" lol. Your scary vet bills from from emergency vet visits or surgeries.. now those come with the big price tags.
It's commonly recommended to have at least $1000 set aside per ferret for those reasons, but as that isn't too feasible for many of us to have somewhere in a savings account, many of us make due with something like the CareCredit card, which is accepted at most vets and try to have a good balance limit on there.
Yeah. But I'm gonna do the general exam and everything for them then too and of course I can only set aside so much for emergency, which I do have the care credit card ready just in case I need it But usually for vaccines and stuff I just pay out of my bank Thankfully I've never had to use my care credit card. It's just in my wallet just in case.
Speaking of vaccines. My ferrets don't go outside and if they do it is in a carrier or my arms. I have a busy road out front and forest everywhere else. I don't trust it and they find ways out of a harness. do I need to vaccine? Apparently Marshalls did it for me but I don't trust them.. I don't believe Bossk is 12 months. He was so tiny when I picked him up. He's 800g right now. I think because I asked the petstore if they could get a darker male that the Marshalls breeder lied about the age.
No one I don't trust is allowed to handle my ferrets. Main reason is if someone were to claim to have been bitten, my ferret would be euthanized and tested for rabies with no proof of vaccine.
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
Diet Since I got Binx: 9/20 - Marshalls Ferret Kibble Soup 9/21 - Instinct Raw Mixers Soup 9/22 - Instinct Raw Mixers Soup 9/23 - Turkey Soupies with a couple chicken slivers (left) 9/24 - Turkey Soupies mixed with a few chicken slivers (eaten) and a scoop of Instinct Raw rabbit frozen 9/25 - Turkey Soupies mixed with a few chicken slivers (eaten) and a scoop of Instinct Raw rabbit frozen. Added less water to this batch so it's more of a slop.
Once Binx finishes his current batch of soupie, which is turkey flavored, what sort of protein should I make the soupie from next? I know with my dog I did a new protein a week. And he's been on this for almost a week. I've still got a few more days worth in my freezer I can thaw, and I've been putting in chicken slivers.