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Ferrets are playful creatures but you don’t really need any fancy toys to keep them active and intrested. Best thing ever is a normal plastic bag, one could hide in there or keep it as a food storage.. go figure.. :D

Our ferrets each plays with different things but they do have a couple of things in common. They all love things to chase. For example in these following videoclips you can see Immu and Kiivi playing with their new chase toy.

Jan 5, 2013 | Kiivi and Immu playing part 1 #ferret #fretti by Qevna on Keek.com

Jan 5, 2013 | Kiivi and Immu playing part 2 #ferret #fretti by Qevna on Keek.com

Kiivi isn’t really interested about squeegee toys (she is more into hiding food than anything else) but Justus loves them (at least that’s what we think). He comes always from hiding to see what’s happening when you use anything squueegy. And then Justus takes the toy and hides it. So can you tell me if he hates or loves the sound???!! Oh and Justus likes to dig. In anything… small hard pasta, rice, snow, gravel… fabric…etc…

Immu likes everything really, he likes squeegee toys and chasing things and wrestling games.. He is easy to amuse. Hardest part is to keep the ferrets awake so that they would sleep the night and not be so active when we are sleeping.

And of course outside is always fun.. for example watch these videoclips of Immu digging in snow…

Dec 6, 2012 | Immu chilling out at snow #ferret #fretti #snow by Qevna on Keek.com

Dec 6, 2012 | Immu at snow part 2 #ferret #fretti #snow by Qevna on Keek.com

Also we have used clicker training on Immu to actived his brains (if that’s possible..) and with him we have got some positive results.

Here is step-by-step guide to our fun ferret clicker game

Clicker training part 1

Clicker training part 1

Step 1: Get a clicker. There’s tons of different clickers meant for dog training, just pick one that you like.

Step 2: You first have to “charge” the clicker so it actually has some meaning to your ferrets. Get some treats, we use Nutriplus vitamin gel, I’m sure you guys have something similar, the clicker and the ferret. Make a click and immediately after that reward them with something yummie. This might take a while, even a few sessions, but slowly you’ll notice how they start to stare at the clicker in anticipation of the click and the treat. Now you’ll know they’ve got it figured out. You can do just this for a minute at a time at first and stop immediately when the ferret loses interest. It’s meant to be fun, not a chore.

Clicker training part 2

Clicker training part 2

Step 3: Once you’ve “charged” the clicker you probably never have to do it again if you use it actively. Now the game starts by placing a object that has no meaning to the ferrets (no toys or other stuff they would already be interested in), in this example I use an old tube of body lotion that was lying around. Clothes, remote controls, whatever work just fine. Wait with the clicker and treats for the ferret to investigate what’s going on. She will probably try and get the treat but don’t give any yet. When she even looks at the object make a click and immediately reward it. It’s fun to see how they start working out when they actually get the treat and the dawning of the realisation that ‘hey, when I poke this thing with my nose, I ALWAYS get a treat!’

Step 4: After a few minutes or immediately after they lose interest stop the game by giving some treats and scratches and telling what a great ferret she is. Fun times for all and for a change the ferret actually used her little brain for something else than figuring out what to destroy next ;)

TIPS/IMPORTANT STUFF

Make sure you reward EVERY click you make, even if it was an accident! It’s important especially in the beginning so they associate the treat and the click with each other.

And if you wait too long between the click and the reward they’ll already forget what they’re being rewarded for. So be fast, it has to happen in seconds!

HAVE FUN!

Justus

Can you see my winter coat? Justus showing off..

How can anyone hate ferrets? Their wintercoat is the best thing I know in this world! It is the softest and silkiest thing on earth!! Okay, I may exaggerate a bit but you have to try it! And Immu is a lot whiter too! Wishing that the show would have been now rather than a month ago. :/

This morning I almost ran late from work because Immu didn’t want me to go out. He was the only one up at 8 am when I usually get up.. (8:15 am to be truthful) and he was scurring at my feet and trying to climb up my jeans. When I opened entry way’s door he ran right at it, head first.. “Kops!” “Do these things have eyes? Or any sense of space?” And I got a wardance to answer this… Had to go to work…

Immu and Kiivi are getting along pretty great now. They sleep together a lot though Kiivi still doesn’t want Immu to clean her. The yelling starts everytime. But it has changed a bit. At least now they can touch each other without Kiivi freaking out. Justus is a bit of a questionmark still. Slowly but surely. :)

Kiivi and Immu sleeping together

Kiivi and Immu sleeping together.

Sweet dreams!

 

The ferret show I was talking about last month is on saturday. So the boys will be getting their monthly groom (which they do not enjoy at all)… I started the operation yesterday with the nailclippers and cotton swabs. Of course NutriPlus gel was present the whole time. :)

Grooming Day

Grooming Day feat. Justus, Immu and NutriPlus.

As you can see from the pic they are hoarding the gel like there is no tomorrow.

Immu is our dirty paw. The others groom themselves and keep their paws pretty and clean, but not Immu. I bet he is thinking “Why should I clean my paws. My pethumans will do that for me eventually.”

Today or tomorrow I will clean their ears, today I will bath and brush them (which they hate! Brushes are their worst enemies.. dunno why..) And at saturday we will be leaving at 5:00-6:00 am to the Lempäälä where the show is. So exciting!! Actually I have a lot of mixed feelings but it’s so much fun to meet other ferret owners that I don’t care about anything else.. Ranking probably won’t be that good but at least it is an experience.
Root for us!

 

Last week we went to the vet with our boys to get our annual vaccinations. Well, the whole vaccination thing didn’t start well… A month before I had booked the vaccination time for our local vet. I was sure that everything was going to go well and we went to the vet like I had booked it. Firstly, we had to wait 45 minutes before veterian came to us and she started her speech like this: “HAVE YOU ORDERED THE VACCINATIONS?!”

Excuse me?! We had to order them? I booked this visit so I didn’t have a clue that I had to order the vaccinations separately. I thought it was granted that THEY got the medicines and I just brought the animals… Well.. she apologiced that they hadn’t been clear enough  on the phone and didn’t call me to make sure that I actually wanted the vaccinations (DUH!). I do understand why they had to make sure, because I was the only one having them this time, so I had to pay for 5 vaccinations even though I only needed two of them. Here in Finland we only have one dealer that have the license to sell those vaccinations and they came in pack of 5.

So I had to book another time and that was last week. Finally boys would get the shots and the parasite evictions for the show. Immu was very calm and didn’t even twich when the veterian gave the vaccionation, the parasite eviction was a bit uncomfortable as it was watery and I know how well they go with water… :D

Justus tried to bite the vet and didn’t want to stay still and whined as he got the shot. Eviction was even worse.. Luckily they didn’t try to lick themselves so we were able to take them home in the same box.

But as a summary, now I have three spare vaccionations that I had to pay for. Luckily I do have three ferrets that needs them next year, but I need to remember that I have to use them during July. 13.7.2013 to be exact. But still it was pretty expensive trip. Next year it will be something like 70-80 euros for all of them… This time 210 euros for two..That included the vaccionations, the treatments and evictions. We got 19 euros discount because they didn’t call us the first time.. :/ Oh well.. Animals are expensive…

Spot the weasel

Justus hoodriding

I remember when Immu and Justus were little, they hated leash and it was a bit of a struggle to take them outside. Immu walks better on a leash but Justus only likes to go out when it’s dark and no birds are heard or seen.

And Justus loves to ride in a hood, so it’s more of a walk for me than for him. For example last time we went outside with Justus he was hiding in Zammu’s hood. It’s funny looking and I don’t mind him doing that, but sometimes you would just want him to walk normally and not try to get into the hood. After all that’s not the way you make your ferret to be tired when you get home…

Such a dilemma… :D

Kiivi

Outside with my pethuman.

Now Immu and Kiivi are great outside, they have a lot of energy to burn (though I sometimes wonder if they get more energy from the walks because they start their rampage back at home…) and leash doesn’t bother them that much.

And Kiivi is a chickmagnet…. everytime I leave Zammu and Kiivi at the park on their own to go to the store, they are surrounded by women when I come back. :D ohwell…

Also everytime we go outside we have to answer at least a dosen questions of: “What are those?!””What do they eat?””What kind of pets are they?””How do they sleep?””Do they bite?”

It is fun most of the times, but usually I prefer going outside when it’s dark and not that many people on the move.

Kiivi on a leash

Kiivi on a leash

Kiivi hates cars and especially everything on wheels. Bikes and motorcycles are the worst. So that’s why we try to avoid busy roads and just go to the small parks. I have taught all of my ferrets to come to my lap if they ever feel tired/scared/want to see the world from above. So every five minutes someone is trying to get to my lap… I guess I have spoiled them… :D hups..

Happy Weasel Wednesday to everyone!!

13th of October I’m taking Justus and Immu to the Finnish Ferret Festival, our first ever show to participate. First I was gonna take Kiivi with me too, but then I decided that it wasn’t a good idea because of their non-cooperation. And the ride there won’t be that spacious so one carriage box is better option.

So anyway, I’m nervous of how the boys will act. I know the flaws that Justus has so he won’t be bringing gold home, but Immu hasn’t been ever evaluated before so I have no idea how he’s gonna do.

Before the show we still have a lot to do. Boys will be needing their vaccinations and their anti-parasite treatments. Not that they have any (hopefully) but that’s normal procedure. Better make that phone call tomorrow so I won’t be forgetting it.

Nutriplus

Immu hoarding the Nutriplus-tube

Also bought a new shampoo for them so hopefully they will be smelling good (if they even can). A lot of brushing and grooming which they love (not!). At least they get their vitamins, like today when we were cleaning Immu’s paws and ears.

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