You are such a mean momma ;D Isn't it fun playing with them when they are in a dead sleep? ;D
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
That is an excellent video of a ferret dead sleeping. A question, is Rek a deafy? ciao
None of my four are... not even my blaze, Sari! Reks is definitely not deaf since he is frightened by anything that makes loud noise (especially vacuum cleaners, even when they're not in the room ). He will run and hide as soon as he hears ANY loud noise
I wish Jinx was scared of the vacuum He has to be put up before its ever even brought out. He goes crazy and tries to dig under it!! The first time it happened I almost had a heart attack cause I didn't think I'd get it turned off in time. He does that when I sweep too, maybe he just doesn't like a clean house. ;D
But he has never dead slept though, the ferret I had when I was younger used to do it all the time, but not jinx. You can even try to be quiet and up he bounces.
By the way Sheila, that video made me spit my water out. Just saying, haha!!
Yup....looking right out of it. This thread really should be marked as a must read for anyone who's thinking of getting ferrets and has never had them before. Fun-Go hasn't DS'd in months....he did it to me the other day....not cool. I told him it wasn't funny. I was concerned for him because he's insulinoma, and he's just had a DES implant recently. So, what does he do....DS on me. Not funny ciao
Post by shiftyferret on Oct 19, 2012 12:10:46 GMT -5
Great shot! Oh Wheatley!
I don't know if my guy as actually seen DFS ferret. He might have briefly. Maybe I won't remind him, since I know young ferrets and deafies are the most common to do it. Might be fun to let him find out(again) with his new little one coming tonight.
None of my new boys have done this... I wish I could say the same for wee Lady Morgain. She's done it to me about 2 or 3 times. The first time was only a day or so after she had come across from the UK. They are and at the time very quick and would be up and awake as soon as I came downstairs. This day she didn't even stir. She wasn't eating particularly well (she's not a big eater) and appeared to be suffering some jet lag...I was concerned that the trip might have been very rough on her. Doesn't she dead sleep on me...the brat ciao
The first time this happened to me I was out the door and half-way to the car with Socks in my arms in a total panic heading for the vets. She woke up just as I was unlocking the car door and then I remembered about Dead Sleep.
Socks does it occasionally but usually wakes up in a few minutes if you pester her. Wilma has never been in DFS as far as I know.
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Not to worry you're not the first who's panicked about a ferret in a dead sleep. I've mentioned before about a poor lady who had a horrible turn when her wee ferret decided to pull such a stunt. I was working at the time as a foster and driver for a ferret shelter/rescue just outside of my area. I got a call to pick up a ferret and bring it home so that it's new ferrant could pick it up at my place. No problem. Picked up the beautiful silver boy. A good sized RC, but old enough to have developed a mellow attitude. He was going to a new home where he was going to help a wee sprite who was depressed over the loss of her cagemate. They had already met and she seemed to accept him. Great, I don't have to do anything except the hand off. The lady picked him up and that was that....not I get a call a few days later, the lady is sobbing, I could barely understand her. The new ferret is dead. Called the director told her I was going over to get the ferret to take him to the vet. I'm greeted at the door by this poor lady. She's a total wreck. She upset because the wee boy has died and she's afraid for her little she-fert....something has got to kill a ferret very quickly...he was ok in the morning when she let them out. I'm thinking poisons....who knows. I asked her where was the boy...she pointed to her bedroom, he's on the bed. I go in....there's no ferret Now, I'm worried that the wee she-fert has stashed her new friend. It doesn't happen often but how often do they get to loose two friends in as many weeks. I call to the lady..where? Something flashes out of the corner of my eye.... I call out and ask her what colour is her ferret....brown, a sable. The impish little face looking at me is a silver, looks very similar to the wee boy that I had at my house. Out from behind the bedstand dashes a dainty wee girlie and they both thunder down the hallway into the kitchen to be greeted by shrieks...they probably got hugged a little too hard but there you have it....aha mystery solved DS strikes again ;D. ciao
LoL I wish I had a penny for every time this has happened to me over the years ooops think I better warn you heather once your uk crew are laying down fat in earnest they tend to pull the dead ferret sleep more often ! this is normally the time of year my heart goes into over drive lol they tend to do it more as they are laying down and conserving food stores lol its rough on my ticker as a lot of my guys are oldies now so I have to double check lol I have learnt my lesson though I go back and check two hours later with a bowl of warm mush if the smell of that don't wake them up nothing will lol take care bye for now Bev
It becomes so normal that you just forget to tell your friends about it. I was away for the week-end once, and my roommate calls me in a quiet voice: "I... I don't know what's wrong with your ferret. It doesn't seem to be breathing, and it's not reacting... I think it's dead". "Oh, he's just sleeping". "...are you -sure-?" She didn't believe me, hahaha.
My oldest was actually always a light sleeper - would wake up whenever we walked by, opened the cage, touched him lightly, etc. I'll always remember the day we found out he started DFS in his old age... Imagine finding your 8-year old ferret, who has insulomina and adrenal disease and has been losing weight steadily, and who has never dead-ferret-sleeped as far as you know, limp in his cage. I stroke his fur and spoke to him. No reaction. I shook him. No reaction. My heart stopped. I started crying and pressed my ear to his chest. Cue ferret stirring. AUGH. And this has happened two more times to my husbands in several months. Haha, man... Crazy how your world comes crashing down in that instant you think you've lost them. And then you have to cuddle them and kiss them for 5 minutes, while your ferret frantically tries to get away to play.
My little blind girl Lucy DS's a lot, more so than any other ferret I've had. She almost always does it when I'm cuddling her, which I guess means she feels safe enough with me to let go and totally relax (she is incredibly skittish and still hasn't quite settled in yet; I've had her for a few weeks).