My 1 year old girl ferret needs a new home. I wish my husband and I would of taken more time researching about ferrets so we could of not ended up in this situation. She deserves a home that has more time to play with her someone who can give her friends and someone with more knowledge then myself. I just want what's best for her and I will give you everything I have cage toys food blankets, ect. I just want someone who has had or currently has ferrets so I know she's going to a good home. I live in southport north carolina
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
Post by abbeytheferret6 on Dec 8, 2018 10:22:09 GMT -5
I just got up the nerve to ask hubbie---since just 3 hours from you. Met some resistance there(have 4). He says I would probably have 3 groups instead of 2 and then proceeded to give me the yearly bill on nail clipping cost. (I go to vet to have ferret pedicures). I do have two empty bedrooms--one has become a ferret bedroom. I take turns giving my male the living room and kitchen while the others free roam the bedroom.
It is easier to kick a boyfriend to the curb than the hubbie when it comes to decisions about ferrets---although I have brought home a few surprises over the years(LOL). Anyway, I would love to have her--and if he softens to the idea before you rehome her. I will let you know. May she get the best ferret person ever.
I will keep her until you tell me if he says he's or no. I've been very picky because I don't want her going to someone like me who wasn't ready for her I want her to go to a forever home. So just let me know:)
I can't believe I even read this. Pretty sure my wife would kick me and my daughter out of the house. Cheering you on though. I feel for you. We honestly felt very misled when it came to the responsibilities of having ferrets. We THOUGHT we had done tons of research, but we really had no idea what we were getting into.
And to be fair, we DID do a lot of research. My 10 year old daughter (then 9) is the one who decided Wysong Epigen 90 Digestive Support would be the best kibble, and I went behind her to make sure she was right and was very impressed with her decision. We knew they weren't nocturnal and they sleep 18 hours a day and are mostly active at dawn and dusk. There were a great many things that led us to believe they would be very easy pets. Supposedly litter trained (yeah, right - sort of... - and we worked HARD at litter training. I don't think ours will ever be 100%, or even 85%... We are lucky if we get 60-70% compliance.
We have learned so much here. We don't do ferrevite anymore. We stay away from sugar completely. Fortunately (depending on how you look at it) our ferrets don't really seem interested in eating almost ANYTHING but their kibble and fish oil. I even tried some baked Salmon tonight after dinner and neither of them even seemed to recognize it might be food. The male sort of sniffed it and a little got on her mouth and she licked and made motions but she didn't eat it. The female didn't even so much as sniff at it.
Maybe cute, live baby chickens? I don't know how you free roamers do it. We try very hard. We make sure they go to the litter box (or on a pad in the enclosure) and then take them downstairs (where there are hardwoods) and let them roam but also follow from a distance. They might get 30 minutes before someone has to go pooh or pee and it is cleanup time. I just can't resign myself to our home having dried poop and urine everywhere. I don't mean that in a negative way for all of you who have come up with ways to solve it, whether cleaning or whatever - but we just weren't signing up for that when we started and no one told us we were.
We have made lots of progress from the early weeks of my daughter sobbing before school at the amount of cleaning she was having to do and my wife saying we were going to have to take them back or find a new home... We are committed now and there is no doubt that finding solutions is a huge factor, whether it is the plastic sheeting we put down that got our carpets back under control, to the play room outside where cleanup is a much less stressful job. But there is no eliminating (no pun intended) the amount of work having multiple ULTRA-CURIOUS, kind of dumb (smart in some ways, but insanely dumb in others) adorable little critters are going to be. We hope and pray as they age they will cut back a little in the amount of daily work that they create. But we are plugging away, one day at a time.
My long-winded point is that I'm impressed with how you are handling this. It isn't easy to make the decision you are making and it is true love to let something go because you know it is better. Especially since you are doing it in a way that is best for the ferret. From what I've seen, working something out with Uncle Joe would be a great solution, even if you two could meet halfway or something. I haven't been here long, but he has and I'm sure that others here would vouch for his character and love of ferrets.
No matter what happens, hang in there and do right by your critter and you will sleep better for the rest of your life because of it. You get my seal of approval for doing the right thing. I think that the people who have interest in selling ferrets (Marshall, big breeder mills, pet stores) don't tell people the truth about ferrets and just want to make the sale. So it isn't always some customer who didn't do their research, it is a lack of honest information about how hard you will work properly taking care of a ferret.
Honestly, we get busy and there are days when we are barely keeping up with food, water and the litter boxes - I am so glad we got two of them because it helps me rest better at night knowing that even when we aren't able to entertain them all the time, they have each other. And we are fortunate that ours seem pair-bonded at the hip - with the female following her big brother around all the time looking like she adores him (except when she doesn't - lol) and they play and sleep together and generally seem happy with or without us around.
Reading someone's honestly about life with ferrets was amazing. They are hard work and don't give alot of pay off other than their cute face. Mine doesn't let me hold her or pet her if it doesn't involve running and bitting she's not for it lol. My husband and I really thought we did enough research too which is why this situation sucks butt. I wish she could have friends to play with she would be happier but I don't think my husband and I have it in us to get another one that's another reason for trying to find her a GOOD home. We jumped the gun a little on buying her because we saw her on Craigslist and it was the saddest thing I've ever seen she was living in the person's bathroom with one blanket a liter box and no food. She was bones when we got her. This decision of ours has been the hardest thing we have had to do but I know when I find her the perfect home she and I will both be happier. Thank you for your post