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Hey people!

Sorry about the lack of updates lately, not a lot has been happening lately, ferret-wise, in our household and other matters have distracted us both so that we nearly forgot about sharing the newest ferret stuff! Shame on us. Well, mainly me, since I’ve been bugged to update for about a month now and I FINALLY got off my lazy butt to write you some stuff!

The most important development in our little ferret business is that Kiivi and the boys are really hitting it off nowadays! It took a few months but now they’re snuggling and sleeping together regularly and sometimes even cleaning each other up! It’s so nice to finally not having to keep them separated during nights and times when both of us are out of the house in fright of the boys roughing Kiivi up too much. Somewhat surprisingly Kiivi and Immu seem to be the best of buddies, they sleep next to each other almost daily and get along great. Justus and Kiivi still aren’t exactly BFF’s but at least they tolerate each other better now. Kiivi doesn’t like when Justus comes near her but if it’s Kiivi who initiates the contact, then they’re usually ok with being close to each other. Weird lil’ fuzzbutts!

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Kiivi and Immu snuggling.

On other news we have made some adjustments to our ferrets’ diet as per to the feedback from the judges at the ferret show we attended this autumn. The boys got fairly good points on every category but the one thing that they lost some points for and that we could easily remedy was that their fur was a bit on the dry side, nothing major, and only one point out of ten was deducted because of it. To address the issue we started feeding our ferrets a little more chicken fat and flax seed oil and the results started showing in a few weeks time. Their fur is now in excellent condition and the additional fat in their diet combined with the coming of winter is also really showing in the extra body mass they have all gathered. So take care that your fuzzies are getting enough fat in their diet!

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Immu is the biggest of our ferret business at nearly 1.9kg’s/4.2lbs. Up about 200g/0.4lbs from his summer weight.

The weather in Finland took a very sudden turn when the unusually warm autumn turned into full-on winter with heaps of snow and freezing cold weather over just a few nights a couple of weeks back. The ferrets are clearly a bit puzzled about all this when we’re out with them. The boys have seen snow before but Kiivi got her first touch with the strange cold, white stuff outside and was clearly having a lot of fun in it before she decided that her royal ferret princess paws are getting frozen off and climbed up Qevna’s leg to warm herself up.

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Kiivi’s first touch with snow and ice. Looks like she’s taking an epic faceplant in this one.

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Hold me, mommy! It’s too cold for my lil’ paws!

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Even Immu thought running around in the snow and ice was a bit too much and decided to climb up to safety.

So that’s about it for now! In my next update I will be discussing our ferrets’ raw food diet and how it is working out for us.

Until next time! Hopefully it won’t be another month before I get to updating the blog again ;)

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Hello, I’m the second pet human our ferrets own! So far I’ve only been featured in some of the photos here but I figured it’s about time I wrote something also, so here goes!

My first ferret encounter was actually when I started dating Qevna. I had heard of ferrets before but I had never actually seen one live, let alone held one and there I was: dating a chick with two (at the time) carpet sharks with sharp teeth and a lust for my blood.

Qevna made it clear right away that if we were going to become something, I would have to get along with the ferrets. Her approach to the problem was very direct and practical: she basically just dumped the ferrets at my place and told us to learn how to get along with each other. I had no choice but to get crackin’ and try to win them over with my charming personality…

…which didn’t really work out all that well. Justus was actually pretty easy to win over. He bit me maybe a total of two times and some light scruffing when he got over-aggressive worked really well for him. We became friends fast and he even sometimes came to my lap for some snuggles and scratches on his own volition. Immu, on the other hand, was the harder to befriend. I don’t know if it was jealousy over Qevnas attention, some kind of an alpha male thing or what, but he was very, very aggressive with me in the beginning. Every morning started with some furious toe biting action and not just some nibbling but full force I’m-going-to-turn-your-toes-into-minced-meat-human carnage. He always drew blood and my hands and toes were full of bite marks all the time. Luckily I managed to dodge any infections in the bite-wounds. Too bad I don’t have photos of those times, it was really pretty bad.

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This guy…

So me and Immu had a “bit” of a rocky start in the beginning. We tried everything to get rid of the biting. Scruffing was doing nothing. It seemed that Immu just took that as a further challenge and bit down even harder. In the end I guess it was just time and treats that did the trick. Any time he just snooped around my toes without actually giving me any tooth I rewarded him with a little treat. It took about two to three months for the biting to stop completely (well, not really completely, he still gives me a nip every now and then but it’s mostly my own fault for being an ass) but finally it did. He actually still sometimes gives me a little nudge on the toes with his nose and looks up expecting a treat or two for being such a good boy and not butchering my toes. I still never let him near my face (Immu managed to tag me on my nose once) and I’m always on my guard when handling him but we are coming along pretty nicely!

Me trying to eat Immu for a change.

Even after all the biting and traumatic episodes of ferret vs. man, when Qevna started talking about getting a third ferret I was on board right away. And I am so glad I was! Kiivi is such a sweetheart: she just loves to snuggle and climbs on top of people for scratches and attention. She never really bit me that much even in the beginning and nowadays she’s actually more after Qevnas toes than mine, which is a nice change of pace in this household.

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Kiivi, our youngest little woozel.

So that’s how I got to know these lovely little fuzzbutts! It was a rough time in the beginning but I can’t imagine life without them anymore. So for anyone dating a ferret owner or struggling with a new ferret that is a bit bitey: Hang on, the pain will only be passing and you should survive the process! It might take some time, but give them enough loving and yummy treats and you will win them over eventually.

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