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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-04-03 01:39:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Sukie and Furballs

>Hi Sukie,
>The fleece material may become a nidus and the hairball
>forms around it. Or the fleece material may attach to the
>hair that is already there. Either way if you notice fleece missing then
>remove it from the cage and use laxatone for a few days.
>If you are having hairball problems then you might want to use
>laxatone weekly. Also brushing daily and bathing more often may
>help remove the hair before the ferret eats it.
>Just some more thoughts on hairballs,
>Jerry Murray, DVM

Thank you! Yes, we've been doing such things, given the situation,
and I have also been hand-sewing linings into the bedding with sheet
material to reduce exposure, given that some examples of these types
of bedding shed like the dickens. In about 19 years of having
ferrets these are our first two ever with furballs which had to be
removed; what changed was the bedding proportions with no beds that
didn't have fake fur or fleece being used this last winter. May
still be coincidence, but I'd rather tend toward safe than toward