There is a fish tank filled with rice in our ferrets room. Today we found a mouse in there-?! Don't know how it got in, but it cannot get out. Choco jumped in the tank and started playing with that poor thing. Ruby got in, catch the mouse and - almost! - took a bite. I did not know that it takes only 20 seconds of interaction with a pray to invoke ferrets hunting instincts! LOL Now both of our fuzz butts dig under the door trying to get back to their room. We saved that poor rodent's life this time, but we have to kill it any way. Is it safe to feed it to our ferrets? Of course they are up to date with their immunizations. We live in a small well-kept town: no residential buildings, just private houses. It is not congested. Most of the houses sit on half an acre lots. Our property backs to woods. Quite often deers and foxes hang out at our back yard. A family of ground hogs resides under our shed. Well, now we've got mice..such a nice addition:) The question is - are those rodents carry any decease?
Last Edit: Sept 28, 2018 19:09:37 GMT -5 by olenka
As long as you know that the other houses around you do not use rat poison. Also keep the mouse in the freezer for 3 weeks to kill any parasites then you can feed it.
I asked this same question because I had mice in my house. And caught a couple. Then later I knew I had another one because the cat was sitting on the counter and watching the top of the fridge. I keep the cat and dog food up there but the mice found it too. So I think the cat had caught 1 and played with it but it ran under my desk in my office where the cat couldn't go. So later my ferret found this mouse under the desk and caught it and killed it. He then ran with it into the living room behind my couch with it. Lol
Last Edit: Sept 28, 2018 23:14:18 GMT -5 by Charlie
The mouse was such a cutie that we decided to keep it as our pet. It was a baby, size of a babybel cheese. Or even smaller. Dark, almost black fur coat with white belly and vivid smart eyes. My daughter gave it some cheese and water. We were thinking about the name and planning to get a cage for it...then Ruby sneaked into the room and chocked that poor guy It took her only a fraction of a second to kill it! Then she was trying to bury it in the rice. (Was she stacking up food?) Any way, I just threw it away. My kid would cry if she found out what happened. I was almost crying myself. We fell in love with the little guy already. There is at least one other mouse in our house. I have seen it running across the kitchen. Now I am afraid that our ferrets could catch it and eat it one day. What do you think? Are they able to do that?
Well, there is a possibility that they will catch it and if you don't see what they are doing with it they will eat it. My ferret did catch and kill the mouse and ate it. He was fine. It's their natural instinct to hunt. After all that is what they do in the wild.