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Small Pets: Meet Jack & Diane

Posted by yornma on February 4, 2013 in Animal Articles, Small Pets |

Meet Jack & Diane

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How old are you both?

We are actually only a couple of months apart from each other, but we were both born in 2007, so we will be 6 years old in the middle of year.

How did you get your names?

Jack’s actual name is Cap’n Jack Sparrow (ferrets enjoy stealing things) and our first fur parent is a John Cougar Mellancamp fan, therefore  Diane got her name from the song ‘Jack & Diane’.

What do really think of Morris?

We think he is a tasty treat & a play toy on legs! We are really quite fond of him, but it’s not mutual.
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What are you favorite things to do?

Jack loves to dig. Trying to dig through carpet, through couch cushions or potting soil (when he is able to get where he isn’t supposed to be) and Diane likes chasing Morris. And playing in boxes. We both love to get into places we shouldn’t be. Our fur mom puts up gates to keep us safe & out of trouble, be we are smart and naughty.. a bad combination!
(for example.. the photo of Diane in the garbage can. She climbed the baby gate that was blocking her from the kitchen.. & fell into the ((thankfully!!)) freshly emptied garbage can.. Jack in the Christmas tree box.. while the Christmas tree pieces were still in the box. And i hide the potting soil from him, but he finds it and tears the bag up and rolls in the soil)

What would you like people to know about ferrets that they may not know?

We are small, but we are really high maintenance.
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How do you tell female ferrets from male ferrets?

Males are normally larger than females (Jack is much larger than Diane). However, if you only have one cuddly thief, there is another way to tell. Male ferrets have a ‘nub’ on their abdomen where their genitalia is, while female ferrets do not. Female ferrets have 2 openings visible when you lift the tail, where a male ferret will only have one.
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Are there things ferrets can’t eat?

There are lots of things they shouldn’t have. Lots of things cause blockages in their small intestinal tract. But we LOVE vanilla wafer cookies as an occasional treat.
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What is your favorite hiding spot?

There are too many to name one! We can be found behind curtains, behind the couch, in a box.. but our favorite is probably a fish toy we have. It’s a tight squeeze but we are often found in there napping together!

Do you like to be around each other for company or would you rather spend time alone?

You’d think we’d want time alone after being in a cage together, but when we are let out to play, we are still almost always together. We enjoy wrestling together, chasing each other and even teaming up against Morris. He hates that.
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Do you need any special care or grooming?

Our skin produces special oils to keep us from getting dried skin, so we aren’t supposed to be bathed often. And our nails need regular clipping, otherwise we get caught on everything.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

We are sweet and cuddly but we are also a lot of work and time consuming. If you don’t have a lot of time to spend with us (or cleaning up after us) or the room to let us play, then a ferret is not the pet for you.

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– Another ferret related blog: http://www.enlightened-ferret.com/

More ferret care taking info

The cost of owning a ferret:

(Taken from: http://www.hugawoozel.com/right.html)

FERRET:
From a Pet Store: $120.
From a Shelter: $75-$100.
From a Breeder: $150
CAGE:
Martin’s Ferret Condo: $130 (demensions 30x24x48)
CARRIER: $30
CAGE ACCESORIES:
Hammock: $12
Sleep Cube: $18
Sleep Sack: $15
Bed $13
Food/water Dish: $5
LITTER BOXES:
Super Pet High Corner Litter Pan: $4
Super Pet Hi-Bac Litter Pan: $8
Cat Litter Pan: $6
LITTER:
Crown Animal Bedding: $11
TOYS:
Marshall Tube: $18,
Marshall Tent: $18
*NOTE: Most of my ferret’s toys are just things around the house, you don’t really need to buy them toys, because they like everything!
CARE:
8 in 1 Ferret Shampoo: $5 (size 10oz)
Human Nail Clippers: $1
Brush: $6
Veterinarian’s Best Herbal Ear Wash: $6
4oz Marshall Ferret Dental Gel: $5 (size 2oz)
Tomlyn Ferret Laxatone: $4 (size 2.5oz)
SUPPLEMENTS:
Ferretone: $5 (size 8oz)
Ferretvite: $4 (size 4.25oz)
Uncle Jim’s Duck Soup Mix: $13 (size 9oz)
FOOD:
Zupreem Ferret Diet: $16 (size 4lb)
Sheppard and Greene: $17 (size 4lb)
8 in 1 Ultimate: $16 (size 4.4lb)
TREATS:
Marshall Bandits: $2 4oz,
8 In 1 Chicken Ferretbites: $2 (size 4oz)
Hyper-fur Fuzzy Foamy Fries: $5
YEARLY VET CHECKUPS AND VACCINATIONS:
Muccles: $73
Spike: $73
Duncan: $73
FERRET BOOK:
Ferrets for dummies: $14
YEARLY COST
LITTER: $264
FOOD: $306
TREATS: $18
CHECK UPS: $219
CARE: $13
SUPPLEMENTS: $44

Our Yearly Expenses for taking care of three fuzzies adds up to: $864 Approximately. Keep in mind that ferrets usually do not go a year (especially if they are 3 and older) without getting a medical problem. Since ferrets are not as popular as cats or dogs their vet bills are a lot more! So far this year (2003) we have spent $200 for an unexpected vet trip because Duncan caught Helicobater.

General Ferret Information:

(taken from: http://exoticpets.about.com/cs/ferrets/a/ferrets101.htm)

  • Live 6-8 years on average (sometimes up to 11 or 12)
  • Females are called jills, and males are hobs. Baby ferrets are called kits. In North America, spayed females are sometimes called sprites and neutered males called gibs. A group of ferrets is a “business of ferrets.”
  • Males tend to be larger than females in length and weight. Females are 13-14 inches long and weigh anywhere from 0.75 to 2.5 lbs, whereas males are on average 15-16 inches long and weigh 2-3.5 lbs if neutered and are even larger (4 or more lbs) if not neutered.
  • Most ferrets obtained in North America are spayed or neutered and descented at a very young age before being sold.
  • Ferrets sleep a large part of the day, commonly around 18 hours. They naturally tend to be active at dawn and dusk, but usually adapt their sleeping and active times to the fit the schedules of their owners.
  • Ferrets are very playful, and are very entertaining to watch.
  • Ferrets have relatively poor eyesight but a keen sense of smell and hearing.

Cage:

(Taken from: http://petferretcare.net/care-sheet/)
Your pet will need a cage at least 36″ x 24″ x 24″. This is the minimum size necessary but you should get as big a cage as possible. Ferrets are active and while in the cage you want your pet to have lots of room to play. There are many different types of ferret cages available that offer lots of room to move around.

Soft rugs, carpet or blanket for bedding on the bottom of the cage.

A heavy ceramic food bowl or a bowl that can’t be easily tipped or chewed.

A stoppered water bottle that attaches to the side of the cage.

A sleep area like a hammock, sleep sack or soft tunnel.

Lots of toys to keep your pet entertained while in his cage.

A litter box with a high and low end filled with your preferred type of litter. Litter made from recycled paper is a clean, safe choice.

Food

(taken from: http://www.ferrets.org/Caring_For_Ferrets.htm)

Ferrets are exceptionally playful, so expect your ferret to tip over his food and water bowls. Check on them often, tape them down, use a heavy dish or place a rubber mat underneath for spillage.

Do not use water bottles for ferrets: These are unsanitary, damage teeth and do not allow a dehydrating ferret to get enough water to survive. Ferrets also wash their faces in water, so an open source is necessary for their hygiene.

Because ferrets have such rapid metabolisms, they awaken to eat about every four hours. Fresh water and food should always be available to them. Ferrets eat only what they need and leave excess food for later, so one need not worry about over feeding.

Ferrets must be fed a high quality dry ferret or kitten food. Hard food keeps the ferrets teeth clean and makes their feces less smelly. The food should contain from 32% to 36% protein (half of which should be derived from meat), at least 18% fat, minimal ash and the supplement taurine to prevent urinary tract problems. There is no need to change diet for older ferrets. Be aware that some ferret foods contain high quantities of fish meal, oil and by-products. These types of food are based on mink feed and do not meet the nutritional needs of ferrets, who are not aquatic and will shun them (a hint). They are generally soft, causing plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth, and also give the animal an unpleasant smell. Also to be avoided are foods with added flavours or gimmicks, like raisins, to induce the ferret to eat.

Like all carnivores, ferrets enjoy fruit and sweet vegetables such as grapes, bananas, apple, melon, carrots, cucumber, etc. as a dietary complement. Every ferret has it’s own preferences. Remove skins that are tougher than a grape peel and slice stringy items like celery into thin slices rather than sticks to avoid intestinal blockages. Dog biscuits (for small dogs) also make a healthy snack. Give dairy products and dried fruits sparingly as ferrets are somewhat lactose intolerant and dried fruit is difficult to digest. Avoid nuts and grain products, as the animals cannot digest these, and treats that could be swallowed whole, as ferrets do not have grinding molars like us. Milk and milk products in small amounts are also acceptable.

Vitamin supplements are not necessary if the ferrets are fed high quality food and fresh fruit. However, many ferrets love Linatone or Ferritone vitamin supplements, which are given as reward for good behavior or a distraction when clipping nails and such. No more that 3 drops per day should be given to your ferret as an excess of certain vitamins can cause medical problems including fur loss and blindness. We recommend feeding fresh fruit rather than using a supplement. Nutri-Cal and Ferretvite are other supplements used mostly for ill or undernourished ferrets, though they can be used as healthier treats for ferrets instead of Linatone or Ferritone.

Ferrets on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/FerretWorld

https://www.facebook.com/theferrethaven

https://www.facebook.com/AllFerrets

https://www.facebook.com/mariesferrets


Author’s Note:
Many thanks to the wonderfully talented Miss Rebecca Reeves for letting me interview Jack & Diane. You can find her paintings at her facebook page at Sapphire Strokes or on Prince Pan Pan’s Art Gallery. Stop by and say hi. =^..^=
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