Ferret-Adoption Time – Ferret Shelters Filling Up

This time of year, ferret shelters are filling up, which puts a strain on limited resources. So if you’re thinking about a first or another pet ferret, now is a great time to consider ferret adoption. Below is an excerpt from a news piece that proves the point . . .

As usually happens, the Greater Chicago Ferret Association (GCFA) finds itself with an oversupply of ferrets by November (currently, 93 in a shelter that considers its cages full at 60). This overpopulation of mustelids puts a stress on all the shelter’s resources: volunteers; funds for medical needs, food and litter; and time: time for ferrets to get out for play as well as volunteers to cover giving basic food and cage-cleaning care.

Why the fall surge? Some surrenders come from students going away to school and unable to bring their pets along or people that suffer sudden allergy onset with the closing up of homes in cold weather.

The continued economic downturn, with its job losses, foreclosures, and moves to no-ferret housing account for many others. Sadly, a large number of ferrets come in as “no longer wanted” pets; from people “upgrading” to prettier and younger pets; or as strays, dumps and “trash can ferrets.” Yes, people dump live animals in dumpsters. Sometimes tied in plastic garbage bags!

So, to give the shelter’s ferrets reason to be thankful by the upcoming holidays, GCFA offers a combined membership and adoption incentive this month of November. With the tagline of “Don’t just buy a ferret, adopt some love,” GCFA offers a members-only Free Adoption Event this month.

Read more here.

Choosing a Pet Ferret – How I and my First Ferret Did It

We’ve already talked about the basics of getting set up for bringing ferrets into your family (cage, litter box, and bed). So now let’s talk a little about picking out a pet ferret.

First, you should probably be aware of the wide variety of ferret colors and color patterns. If you embark on your ferret-adoption journey without giving some thought to this beforehand, you’ll have a tough time making up your mind. Here are just some of the many colors, patterns, and ferret types: Sable, Black Sable, Cinnamon, Masked Cinnamon, Panda, Albino, Black & White, Champagne, Chocolate, Dark-eyed White, Light, Medium, and Heavy Silver, Badger, Blaze, Hooded, Mitted, and Siamese.

I have two ferrets, an albino and a panda, and they are very spoiled. You would think they are myPanda Ferret in Clothes Hamper children they way I treat them. I even scold them like children when they do something mischievous – like getting into the clothes hamper and pulling my clothes out and scattering them everywhere.

But back to picking out a ferret. I get a little carried away talking about my ornery little critters.

At the time I got Possum, my young panda ferret, there was only one pet store in my town. (Now, however, there are two.) And this one store had only a few (or one or two) ferrets at any time. So my choice was made a lot easier owing to limited options.

Most pet stores around here get their ferrets from the Marshall ferret farm. Marshall always de-scents and spays or neuters ferrets before delivering them to pet stores. They also tattoo sex-identifying dots in one of each ferret’s ears – one dot for a female (or jill) and two for a male ferret (or hob). I’ve come across some negative comments about Marshall, but I can assure you that Possum was a very healthy ferret when I got him. So I don’t have any complaints.

When I set out to get my second ferret, one of the issues I was concerned about was biting. Since the pet store had only two ferrets at the time (both pandas), I was able to take them into a “play room” to see how they would interact with Rikki. Yep. She got to pick out her “baby brother.”

The larger of the two pandas seemed to want to bite, both me and Rikki. Every time we approached him he would start hissing and making biting motions toward us. He was probably just frightened and didn’t trust us. Still, I didn’t want to take a chance on a ferret that seemed so aggressive, especially for Rikki’s sake.

Ferrets are very curious critters – more curious than a cat. So, generally, when they meet someone new, they are all over that person or animal, sniffing and checking things out. But not this ferret.

He was also very hyper. He just couldn’t be still for a second. I already had one “ADHD” ferret and didn’t think I needed another one. So, Rikki then got to go into the play room with the smaller panda ferret.

This one was much calmer and more cuddly and very interested in Rikki. Right away, he tried to get her attention and play with her. But after her experience with the first ferret, Rikki didn’t want to have much to do with this one. She spent her time instead checking out the new surroundings, the new toys, and the new person who was helping me and answering my questions. So I played with the little guy.

He was totally different from the first ferret. He crawled all over me, smelling my clothes, hands,Pet Ferret Playing and face. He never offered to bite and let me hold him and cuddle him. Since Rikki was too busy to help me, I had to decide on my own. So I chose this smaller panda ferret to be her baby brother. A very good choice, it turned out.

And that’s how Rikki and I acquired her new “baby brother,” Possum, who really did look like a small fuzzy-tailed possum. You can tell from the pictures that he is quite a ham and likes to pose for pictures.