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« on: October 29, 2006 08:02:52 PM »

hi everyone. My sisiter has just be come the proud mom of two ferrets. Saphire has adrenail disease(not to worry he will be seeing vet for treatment) and is currently naked. Thus he needs a sweater or something while he's getting his treatment and till his hair grows back. she's totally going to love making him clothes and he's very sweet and tollerant.
My sis can crochet and I can sew so anyone here make thier ferrets warm shirts or jackets? Please share them as saphire needs some clothes for when he's out playing. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2006 03:42:49 PM »

   In my experience, even the most docile and cuddly ferret will *hate* any attempt to put clothing on them.  Her little darling would dearly appreciate some blankets, or snuggly sleep sacks, or bedding.  If you both want to craft for them, I highly suggest going that route instead of trying to get him acclimated to sweaters.  I'd just hate to see all your hard work unappreciated by the little fuzzbutt!

  Best of luck to her and her new kids, and kudos to her for taking on an adrenal ferret. 
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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2006 03:46:53 PM »

Yay for pet love! I agree with the sleeping sacks, or some really cozy hammocks. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2006 06:48:15 PM »

we've gotten lots of blankets and stuff for them to curl up in. But the little guy gets so cold when he's out of the cage that's why we're worried. it's winter time here and we don't want him to be too cold when he's playing. Smiley He's very good natured so he might actually le ther dress him up. (believe it or not he let me bateh him, dry him and trim his toenails without a fuss) We did try the hammock idea and he doesn't really like it at all. I may have to try a cube or something.
So anything would be greatly appreciated.
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2006 05:05:09 AM »

Crochet Ferret Hammock:
http://www.angelfire.com/oh/crochethook/patts/ferret.html

Loose instructions on making your own crochet ferret sweater:
http://listserv.cuny.edu/Scripts/wa.exe?A2=ind0408&L=FERRET-SEARCH&P=R5040&D=0&H=0&I=-3&O=T&T=0

Hope that helps.   I've also added more websites in the stickied "pet tutorials" thread in the completed pet projects board.
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2006 08:52:43 PM »

Something simple you might try....Cut the sleeve off from one of your old long-sleeved sweaters or sweatshirts and use the cuff as the neck hole-make sure it isn't too tight-and then try it on the ferret and figure out where you can cut out for the front legs.  Cut the length of the sleeve/coat just prior to the back legs. 

I did this when we had a new but sick kitten with short hair who was always shivering.  She would either be in the shirt I was wearing, close to me for warmth, or she would wear her "sleeve" jacket to play! 
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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2006 09:11:34 PM »

try some warm socks and just cut arm holes.  i dont have any experience with ferrets, but my dog Lilly hates to have any clothing on her, she just wont move when shes got anything covering anything more than 50% of her body.
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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2006 07:48:30 AM »

Oh thanks ever so much everyone! Saphire will greatly appreciate all your help! The idea of socks is gret I didn't think about that. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2006 11:45:59 PM »

BE VERY CAREFUL OF YARN THINGS AND FERRETS.  They will somehow cut the yarn--probably by chewing--and it will unravel.  That leaves a string hanging that is connected to something.  As the ferret twists and turns they could very easily strangle themselves.  Our ferrets loved underwear--has an entrance and an exit!  Be sure your ferret is on the correct diet--that disease is related to diet.  There is some stuff in a tube that is high calorie to help the skinny ferrets and recovering ones gain weight back--I think it is called Ferretvite.
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« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2006 10:59:52 AM »

The ferret was on the wrong diet. But he lived with someone else then and my sister has corrected it. He was eating some horrible stuff.
And he's not thin at all. I've had my ferrets for 4 years and have been advising my sister in her care for hers. I think you may be thinking of some other diesease though because in all my reasearch before and after owning ferrets I've never pulled up anything saying it's related to diet. However if you have some article saying otherwise I"d love to read it. You can never learn too much in my opinion.
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