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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Do ferrets make noises?

At first, years ago, I didn't know if ferrets made noises or not. I had read, of course, that ferrets will made little "dook dook" noises when they play one of their favorite games, such as mock combat, or when they are doing a personal interpretation of the happy dance (I don't know why they call it a dook noise. To me, it doesn't sound like that at all). But other noises?

Honestly, Chloe initially seemed to be something of a mute, unless you stepped on her---To my embarassment, this is happened 2 times and, luckily, she did not get hurt either time, other than having the wind knocked out of her. I am generally paranoid about keeping track of "where's chloe?", and this is why I CANNOT advise ferret ownership for most individuals. Ferrets are always where you least suspect them (and, thus, SHOULD suspect them) and that includes couch cushions, a pile of towels waiting to be folded, comforters and blankets, under chairs, and, often, underfoot. Ferrets are not for pet owners who aren't willing to use hawk-vision to keep track of their whereabouts.

Is Chloe still a mute? Not at all. In fact, she's getting quite noisy these days. She verbalizes when she is pissed off (this would be the most frequent verbalization and it is usually in response to being shot with a water gun---the only thing that gets her to stop trying to rip the couch cushions apart). She also verbalizes when she is very happy, generally accompanied by the happy dance.

However, lately, Chloe seems to emit a number of oscillations. And one of them sounds startlingly reminiscent of the peanuts character "woodstock".

More about Chloe the ferret and ferrets in general

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At February 17, 2008 5:29 PM , Blogger Alli said...

Check this video out :) This is a ferret's "dooking" noise. It's ADORABLE. Some ferrets do it but grow out of it and some don't do it at all. They do it when they're excited or curious. If you have them around a NEW ferret they may do it. They will also "hiss" and it sounds like an empty aerosol can being sprayed --no joke!


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