Post by keawearascal on Jan 23, 2011 4:53:34 GMT -5
My ferret Keawea is near 7, has recently gone blind, and cannot engage in any potentially rough play due to a very fragile huge benign but inoperable tumor on her side (I keep it bandaged but she still has to be handled super-gently.) She has been the only ferret for 5 months since her littermate died, but does play with our 7 month old 7.4 lb Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix, Oreo who just instinctively knew how to handle ferrets when we got her at 8 weeks old two days before Rascal died. She is also vaccine free , as are my two 16 year old cats, and I'm a bit leery of allowing her around outside animals. She loves these things called Derby eggs and has three, and she walks around and plays on the steps. She really is very healthy, although it doesn't sound like it from the description. So what can I do beyond letting her run around with the puppy or explore? She won't eat raw, but does get grain-free kibble and al-meat cat food, which is all she will eat. Oh and she also HATES the cold. Thanks!
Post by sherrylynne on Jan 23, 2011 11:30:29 GMT -5
Or even filled with old towels, etc. Does she like tunnels? You can cut the handles from plastic grocery bags, toss some in a box as well. She might like the crinkle. This one only under supervision though. Or a shredded paper box.
Post by keawearascal on Jan 23, 2011 17:38:50 GMT -5
Wow guys! Thanks for the great ideas! Why didn't I think of a dig box? Stupid mommy I also already have a feather teaser for my cats-I'll be trying that one out later! I also love the idea of enrichment by sense, and I'll be checking out that one ASAP. Just 'cause she's a old woman doesn't mean she shouldn't have some fun! I wanna see her dook again so bad- she hasn't done it in a few months and I think she misses her brother even more than I do , even though she is more active since switching food and DID dook about it at first
Post by sherrylynne on Jan 23, 2011 17:41:20 GMT -5
Yeah, grief affects them really hard. She'll likely not be quite the same girl she was before, but that doesn't mean she can't enjoy her life again on a different level Try those things out, and let us know what she thinks of them!
I got a tape of a Bob Church seminar that was held in TO several years ago. He was one of the speakers at the ferret symposium. One of the most enjoyable things that a couple of my more sickies enjoyed was you take a blusher brush and you brush their faces, their tummies, their toes, their ears. It's supposed to be given in a similar touch type pattern that momma fert would give. Sometimes they just relax and react to it like a soft message, other times it involves little nips and nibbles as they try and catch the brush. ciao
Post by AnimalFarm2006 on Jan 25, 2011 18:33:58 GMT -5
This thread is giving me new insights for dingo. He's blind and deaf and just lost his buddy. I'll see if I can get a brush. For some reason, He was really facinated with my cat as of late. He stops and sniffs the air, or just stands trying to figure out where the cat is.