Meet the Ferrets of HFF
Meet some of the many wonderful Ferrets of HFF!
[Male, Sable, Real Canadian] Koda came home when he was about 8 weeks old in December 2009. I gave him raw the second he came home and he immediately ripped into it and started hissing to keep me away from his tasty prize! Neither of us has ever looked back. He is a notorious trouble maker and is well known around the forums as such. He was my first ferret and forced me to learn and learn FAST! He has Pica and eats anything he can get his teeth on. As a result he has had 2 emergency surgeries for blockages. He has IBD, which we struggled to get control of (and finally succeeded!) with diet. He was diagnosed with adrenal at 18 months and was treated first with Lupron, then Deslorelin which he currently gets every 6 months. At around 5-6 years old he was diagnosed with heart disease, which we have been able to control with medications. Despite all of his problems, he stayed strong and full of trouble until his last days. In August 2017 Koda succumbed to advanced heart failure, shortly before his 8th birthday. Necropsy also showed that his right adrenal gland had developed a large tumor that was invading his liver. I have little doubt that he never would have survived as long as he did, much less with so much spunk still, had he not been on a proper diet. But for all the trouble he caused, we had an incredible bond – Koda is and always will be my Heart and Soul Ferret. He followed us everywhere, slept near us, and gave kisses on request. <3
[Male, Silver/Black Roan Mitt, Marshalls] Kenai came home a year after Koda, towards the end of November 2010 when he was about 7-8 weeks old; I immediately put him on a raw diet. He was diagnosed with adrenal disease at 2 years old which was well controlled on the Deslorelin implant every 6 months. He loved toys that make noise, and the rice box, and was the most loveable, floppy, goofy little guy! He wasn’t a very fast learner and was much less physically adept at things – he always figured things out at his own pace, and his own way. Despite this however, he was an absolutely outstanding mouser – he lived for the hunt. He was the snuggliest, sweetest ferret and was loved by all who met him. In October 2016, the month of his 6th birthday, he suddenly became very ill and was found to be in complete renal failure; with heavy hearts we all said our goodbyes. A necropsy showed lymphoma in his liver and spleen – they hide illness so well. He will forever be a part of our hearts. <3
[Male, Albino, Intact, from Misty Mountain Ferrets] A new addition to the family, the world welcomed Zero in June, 2017 and our family welcomed him in August, 2017. He is a vibrant a spunky ferret who is constantly finding new ways to cause trouble. He loves trying to swim in the toilet, and his energy knows no bounds. Zero will play until he drops. He packs an attitude almost as big as his appetite, but after he has worn himself out playing he is happy to relax in our arms for massages and snuggles.
Juuzou (pronounced “JEW-Zoh”):
[Male, Albino, Intact, from Misty Mountain Ferrets] A new addition to the family, the world welcomed Juuzou in June, 2017 and our family welcomed him in August, 2017. He is incredibly sweet-natured and loves to snuggle, but gives his brother Zero a run for his money in the mischief department. He will chase teaser toys almost without end, loves his Wonkies, and prefers to snorkel with 90% of his body in the water. Juuzou adores snuggling up for massages, and has become known in our house for his “loose poofer” – releasing a potent cloud of ferrety musk when he naps in your lap.
(Male, Sable, Marshalls) Gator is my first ferret. My husband and I were actually only in the store to look at how much ferret stuff would cost, we looked at the glass cage the ferrets
were in, and there he was, slithering all over the other ferrets as if to say, ‘Hey! Look at me! Take me home and love me!’ We came back the next day after I convinced my husband that we should just get a ferret right then vs waiting. There he was, slithering all over the other ferrets again. We picked up each of the four in there to make sure we were making the right choice, and he won out. Gator is my best buddy, he is my heart and soul ferret hands down. He is such a sweet and gentle boy. He loves long socks dangled in front of him, blankets, shirts that smell like me, shoulder rubs, sleeping in the laundry basket, and laying on my feet when he wants something. He does not dook, but laughs instead, and I’m pretty sure he was a monkey in a past life! He stashes in the food bowl and his favorite meal is heart. <3
(Male, Silver, Marshalls- Deaf) Croc is most definitely my husbands boy. Don’t get me wrong, he loves me, but he ADORES my husband. He is deaf, and takes a while to learn things.
We brought him home a week after Gator and they are best friends (he was the only one in the cage that interacted with us through the glass. He basically asked to come home with us). I often find them cuddling together. Croc has been my training challenge. He would not use the litter box (he would rather dig it out of the corner, then poop next to it) and he nipped a ton (common with deaf ferrets), especially feet under blankets. It took trying many different things with him, and listening to him, to come to the understanding him and I have. I’m lucky to have such an understanding little boy that has been so patient with me. He is my softy. Croc loves to explore, tunnel under blankets, to be chased after, tickled, then lightly tossed on the bed, and running at you as fast as possible only to veer off in another direction. I’d have to say his favorite food is duck.
(Female, Blaze, Marshalls- Deaf) Oh Cow, we found this little girl in a pet store out of town. She was alone in a tall cage with no levels, and only a few pages of newspaper.
I found her sleeping under a page, she was just a tiny grey ball of fur. When I picked her up all she did was bite and scratch me, she did the same to my husband. He ended up suggesting we put her on the ground to see what she would do (proud wife moment), and lo and behold that tiny ball of bones and fur began to dance. She danced up to us and investigated our hands. Needless to say, we brought her home that day. She is my my stubborn, independent, energetic, food stealing (Seriously, it’s her favorite game) gorgeous little princess, and she knows it too! This girly LOVES tubes and goes absolutely crazy if you toss socks at her. She also loves sliding plastic easter eggs around, carrying them, and she has managed to figure out how to shoot them straight up in the air and catch them. She just likes food in general, and stashing it.