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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Do ferrets come when called?

See the prior post "Do ferrets listen very well?". However, if you don't want to view that page, here's my answer. They come when called...when they feel like it.

Ferrets typically do everything "when they feel like it". They are nature's little hedonists and they have an incredible zest for life and living (sounds like a craig's list personals ad, huh?). But this is what makes them so endearing and so unique, which is why so many people want them for pets.

Unfortunately, most of those same people fail to research the behavior typified by ferrets---------HA! You may think I am making this up, but, just as I was writing that last line, I heard a crash in the living room. What was it? The sound of my ferret having knocked a drink glass off a table. That's one of her behaviors. She likes to push things off tables. Why? Just to see what happens next, of course.

Soda was spilled everywhere (thankfully, it was a diet soda so it won't stain). What was chloe doing when I got in there? Having a drink at her leisure. See? That's what I mean when I say that potential ferret owners may not be prepared for all the things that ferrets do.

But this is an example of how demanding it can be to own a ferret. Before I let Chloe out this morning, I closed certain doors in the house (for rooms I keep off limits), I removed the potted plant from a table she can climb onto (because, otherwise, she will employ her handy-dandy digging claws on the soil in the pot), I made sure the cat was not in (the cat is afraid of Chloe who will chase Cleo the cat all over the house), I closed the door to the front loading washer, etc, etc, etc. But, still, I forgot to take that drink glass off that table.

Ferrets are great. But they're not for everyone. And certainly not for passive pet owners.

Chloe the ferret - a Mini Blog about Ferrets

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At January 17, 2008 7:53 AM , Blogger Opal said...

Re: Ferrets
I believe they own us. My workout partner has been thinking about getting a ferret for his daughter; however, he is taking his time to make the decision.

I'll be bringing one of my ferrets over to his house next week. He wants to see how they interact. I told him they are a big responsibility but a lot of fun. I'll be getting some information together and bringing to their house. The shelter that I suggested he gets one from won't adopt to anyone she gives potential adoptees a test. That reminds me I need to give her a call.

At January 18, 2008 5:41 AM , Blogger Vitamin Stuff Editor said...

It's definitely a huge responsibility. Any pet animal is, but ferrets so much more. The thing I always worry about is that potential adopters may not necessarily know what they are getting themselves into.


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