Post by elliottsmama on Jun 20, 2020 14:17:12 GMT -5
My ferrets were accidentally blocked from the top level of their cage for 4, maybe 5 days. Even though they came out of their cage, we did not notice the blocked area. My son is in charge of food and water, and although we (husband and I) double check before bed to make sure they have water and food, we didn't know that my son hadn't had to refill their water for days. He didn't think anything of it.
They are not lethargic and are perking up quickly. I let them drink every 15min until they were no longer ravenous about it. They started trying to climb up my arm getting out to explore. While I don't think they're at 100% yet (curious, but not hopping and flipping around to play), they seem okay. They have eaten and had water and gone to the bathroom. They are climbing us and their skin is not tenting. Gums are pink and wet.
This happened once before, but they were trapped without food and had water. This time they were trapped with food, but not water. I will be taking over their care because I would have noticed if I didn't have to give them water, since they usually drink a lot.
I feel awful. My mother died a couple weeks ago and everything has been thrown off so they haven't had their usual attention.
If they're acting okay and eating and drinking, and going to the bathroom, is there any long term things I need to look out for? I feel so guilty. Those poor babies.
Post by floofnoodle on Jun 21, 2020 1:38:44 GMT -5
As long as they are going to the toilet and their poo looks and feels normal, they are actively interested in their surroundings and they now have a constant supply of food and water, they should be ok! I would check their eyes and nose too, and make sure it doesn't happen again. However, you said you were now taking care of that so it should be fine.
son needs retraining. I hope they have access to water out of the cage. If so, they should be ok. For everyone's info, animals (including humans) can go longer without food than water. 5 days is a long time for any creature to go without water.
Post by elliottsmama on Jun 22, 2020 17:13:57 GMT -5
They're ok! Totally normal and happy. Phew. I don't blame my son. He was checking their food and water and always made sure they had some. He just didn't think to realize, "Hey, I haven't had to give them water in a few days. Weird." Is was just a perfect storm. Their litter didn't arrive when expected so I couldn't change out their cage which would have alerted me to the problem.