Hi! I have written you before, and you have given me good advice. So maybe you
can help me again. I seem to be the type who worries over the littlest things,
but maybe you can tell me if I should be concerned. I have two ferrets a
boy (Pudge) and a girl (Izzy) both about 3 to 4 months old. They are great.
But two days ago Izzy had a slightly green slimmy poop. I watch her to see
if she was eating and drinking and she was. She was still her playful self.
I watched for the next poop and it was fine except a little runny. Then as
the day went the poops got thinner and kind of smaller so I fed her some
ferret lax. I noticed that Pudges stool was kind of runny too. The next day
everything was normal but still their stool was a little runny or wet. I
try to watch them a close as possible and when I get home from work, and
let them out I check the litter box to see how their stool looks. This morning
when I let them out, I noticed another stool that was kind of green slim
at the end.
As if it started normal but finished
slimmy. I have read about ECE and about runny stool.
I am about to go an buy them some gerbers chicken so
I can add water to feed them so I know they are getting
a lot of water. But what else do I do? Are these signs
of ECE. They act absolutely normal, happy go lucky,
jumping all over you, dragging their toys across the
floor normal. I mean Izzy could be sleeping a little
more maybe, but other than that they seem fine except
for their stool. I just am not sure if i should be
more worried. I am sorry for this being so long, I
just wanted to give all the details. I appreciate your
It does not sound like ECE, they would be having
'explosive' diarrhea with that! Plus they most likely
have already had it before you even got them. Could
they have chewed on anything and eaten it such as a
toy of some kind? Have you changed their food? Do you
give them fresh food each day, if not how often. How
long does a bag of food last? If food is sitting around
it will go rancid and cause upset to digestive system,
also old food in the bag will do the same.
Any kind of rubber toys that they can
eat will cause blockages or partial blockages so it
is very important to make sure that they do not have
rubber in any form, rubber bands, sneakers, erasers
etc.. Also some ferrets chew on their bedding causing
digestive problems and sometimes blockages, so good
to check to make sure everything they have is still
whole. Shouldn't worry too much if they are still eating
I bought an albino ferret about a week ago. His name
is Snowball and he's really sweet. Lately his poop
is green, but it's not diarrhea. Also his hair on
his tail looks like it is falling out or something.
This is the first time I'm noticing hair loss in
the tail and it's been like this for about 2 days
now. I haven't noticed it coming back either and
I wasn't sure if it was anything too serious, so
I decided to ask you. I'm not really sure how old
he is, and that he eats and drinks normally. One
thing is that I changed the food and the bedding.
The bedding is shredded newspaper and the bedding
I used before was wood chipping. I'm not sure what
kind though. Is there any kind of bedding that would
be good for the ferret that you can think of? I have
changed the food about 3 times because 1) I ran out
of the first one (which was the Marshall Diet) and
had a second one but a different kind 2) I read that
the second food is bad for the ferret and causes
problems 3) Now I'm using some temporary food. I
am now ordering more of the Marshall Diet. He gets
out of the cage enough and he acts fine. Although
when he's running around he makes this coughing noise
sort of. He sleeps normally too. Do you have any
idea what is wrong??
Is your ferret a baby or an adult? The hair
loss on the tail is a seasonal thing, when he
grows in a new coat that will grow back, UNLESS
he is an older ferret, then it could mean the
start of adrenal disease, but nothing for you
to panic about yet.
As far as changing food, you must NOT
change food without introducing the new food gradually,
it causes gastric troubles, which could be why you
are seeing the greeny poop! When you change food it
should be done by adding a little at the side of the
food you are feeding now and each day adding a little
more of the new food, that way the ferret's digestive
system has time to adjust. If your ferret is still
having problems let me know?
When you speak of bedding, are you referring
to his litter? Recycled newspaper is the best kind,
in pellet form such as YESTERDAYS NEWS or in pieces
such as CAREFRESH. These are non toxic and keep odor
to a minimum.
WOOD chips can be chewed by ferrets and
that may be the reason for the cough, if he has swallowed
any, it may have caused abrasions in his throat, also
it can cause abrasions in the intestines as well. Some
woods such as CEDAR and PINE have an oil in them that
causes respiratory ailments, hence could be a reason
for his coughing.
You can provide soft blankets, t-shirts
etc.. for your ferret to sleep in and only use litter
in a litter box, it is so much healthier for your ferret.