A friend of mine called today and asked
me to go see her ferret. She's had her for 4 months
I think she said... she's still a baby. When she
got her, she was nice and fat, like they should be...
then for apparently no reason, she started losing
weight... she had still been acting normal up until
today. Her ferret can't walk across the room without
have to take a break every 2 ferret lengths she walks.
She just curls up wherever she is. She's tried feeding
her Gerber baby food and everything your web site
says, but she just won't eat. My friend said that
when she does try to eat, she grinds her teeth together
like she's having a hard time chewing. She's so skinny
all of her bones are very easy to feel, and visible.
I told her not to have much hope for her, and she
should probably have her put down if she's still
like this in a couple of days. She can't afford to
have her checked out, and I know she is suffering.
Any idea what could be wrong?
For a baby to lose weight and grind her teeth sounds
as if she has a blockage! Could she have eaten any
rubber objects, or cloth, if so she is in terrible
pain and it would be best to get her to a vet immediately.
Tell your friend the kindest thing to do is to take
her to a ferret knowledgeable vet, the the cost of
an exam is minimal and if the future is bleak, then
euthanasia would be best, it will not cost that much
and she can make arrangements, borrow the money,
but PLEASE do not let her suffer
any longer, that is cruel.
My ferret, Peanut, has quit eating, going on about 7 days now. I have been making
him eat and he is drinking good on his own. He is losing weight and walks
over to the pan of food, just looks at it, smells it and walks away. Sometimes,
he will pi ck up a piece and eat it and will eat a treats from time to time.
He even did not want his furotone for a while but accepts it some now. The
rest of my fuzzies are fine and have no trouble with the food. I give them
a variety of kitten foods so that they don't get bored with it. Also, I just
got a new baby ferret. Could this be a problem too? Peanut's poop was runny
for a day or two but is normal since I have been making him eat. I give him
3 syringes full of IAMS kitten (can) food through a 10ML syringe 3-4 times
a day. Is this enough or should I give him more or less? He also acts like
his back legs are weak when I first get him up. Please help. I am at my wits
end on this. The next step is the vet.
The baby ferret could have brought with him something
that Peanut might have picked up, such as a bacteria
or worms, either would give him diarrhea and would
make Peanut sick, but the baby most likely has got
Since none of your other ferrets are sick I would suggest
that you take Peanut to the vet as soon as you can,
because he may need a blood test and a stool sample
taken, to see if he needs antibiotics or some other
medication to make him well!
You did not say how old he is, but the weakness in
the legs could be due to having low blood sugar, which
is very common in ferrets and your vet would need to
take a 'fasting blood glucose' test to see if this
is the problem.
Meanwhile he needs to be fed at least 20-25ccs of food
at least 4 times a day until he starts to eat again.
I would also recommend that you buy him some Gerber's
CHICKEN or TURKEY BABYFOOD and mix with the IAMS, half
and half, feed him it warm and make sure he is drinking
(do not let him get dehydrated) if not add more water
with the food.
Will he eat from a bowl, as you need to be very careful
that you do not get any food in his lungs, as he will
get pneumonia. If you have to feed him with a syringe
just dribble the food over his teeth so he swallows
on his own, do NOT force him to eat.
I got a ferret back in September 02 he has been so
much fun I love him so much he has became I new part of
are family. Here lately we have noticed that he has not
been eating allot we changed his food cause we thought
he may just no like the taste of that kind but he still
will not eat. Is there any thing that you know of that
could be wrong with him?
What food were you feeding him and what did you
change it to and how long ago? Is he eating some of
the food, because he has to eat and if he isn't, you
will need to get him to a vet as soon as possible?
When changing a ferret's food you must introduce the
new food slowly, put some of the old on one side of
the dish and some of the new on the other side. Each
day or so you can add a little more of the new food,
once he starts to eat it, then in time you will be
giving him all new food. If you do this it will prevent
The first thing that comes to mind, when you say he
is not eating, is a 'blockage in his stomach or intestines.
Has he been vomiting, are his poops still normal. Another
thing could be a bacterial infection or some kind of
parasite, does he have diarrhea?
Usually ferrets do not go off their food unless the
food is bad, do you think you might have had it too
long and it was no longer fresh? Do you leave food
out for him all the time and do you give him fresh
food daily, throwing away what he does not eat?
The food will go 'rancid' and make him sick if left
for a few days, so make sure you change it every day
or do not leave it longer than 2 days!
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