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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!

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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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